Spotlight Conference 3 - EBSA - Emotionally Based School Avoidance

To be completed by: 12:15

Time: Thu 25 Apr 2024 08:30-12:15 | Venue: Margaret McMillan Tower

Awareness raising and practical implications from the evidence base to lived experience.

Improving school attendance is a national and local priority with rates of persistent and severe absence that have grown significantly post-covid. Bradford has some of the highest rates of severe and persistent absence rates nationally, making attendance a key priority for the district.

In this conference, we will be shining a light on the experiences of young people who struggle with school attendance due to emotion based factors (Emotionally Based School Avoidance).

Proposed local guidance will be shared. This has been developed from national and international evidence as well as what we have learned from local families and schools.

Delegates will hear from the local professionals leading on this project, a national speaker driving forward the well-being agenda within education and, most importantly, from those who have experienced EBSA personally.

Guest speaker is Duncan Gillard. Duncan is a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Educational Psychologist and an experienced ACT & DNA-V practitioner, supervisor & trainer. Duncan is the author of the books The Science of Children's Wellbeing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Dummies and of several peer-reviewed articles on the subjects of ACT and Contextual Psychological Science. He is also a co-creator of the evidence-based children's wellbeing curriculum, Connect PSHE (Connect PSHE ( and the lead psychologist at the Enable Inclusion.

To book your place, please visit Skills4Bradford

Cancellation fees apply.


Published: 22/04/2024
Audience: Teachers, senior leaders, HOY, SENDCos, attendance leads, pastoral leads and well-being practitioner
Contact: Karen Bickerton

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