Attendance Support around Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) and Mental Health 

EBSA is a term used to describe children and young people who have difficulties in attending school due to emotional factors.  

Whilst using the term EBSA can help us and others to know that the absence involves emotional factors, it is essential that further work is undertaken with the pupil and their family to understand what the barriers are for them attending school and then putting together an appropriate action plan to help them overcome them. 

Schools should use the Graduated Response and refer to the EBSA resources developed by the Educational Psychology team at Cognus.  

Other resources


EBSA guidance for schools in Sutton

Addressing emotionally-based school avoidance ( 

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) | Support Services for Education 

Mental health and behaviour in schools  (non-statutory DfE guidance – this also has a range of linked guidance) 

Mental health support 

Further support information for the families you are working with can be found in the Attendance Support Team of the For Families section of the website.