SEMH schools are schools which focus on the social, emotional and mental health needs of the children and young adults within their care. Many schools will claim to have SEMH as an emphasis within their setting, but what does it take to be an SEMH specialist school and what might other mainstream schools be able to take from that?
If behaviour is a choice, is it truly a free one? "They know what they are doing" "They are doing it on purpose" "They are choosing not to do it" These three common phrases, throwaway yet internalised, are often heard in corridors and classrooms across the country. But what does it really mean to say
No topic generates more debates than approaches to behaviour. It's a part of the teacher's role that is mostly (if not entirely) learned "on-the-job". Every encounter, every word is an experience and lesson in what works and what doesn't. We all find our own way, our own character and our own boundaries to maintain. They
The idea of celebrating failure is a bizarre one, but bear with me. Schools put a lot of work into celebrating excellent practice, sharing great resources and holding high performing colleagues in high esteem, visible examples for the rest of the school to aspire to. This is essential to improving any school. Colleagues getting credit
Teachers who are lucky enough to have found the time to become “attachment/trauma aware” will know the incredible power of relationships on children with attachment and trauma issues. (If you do want to read up on this area please see Betsy De Thierry, Margot Sutherland, Dr Tina Rae or the fantastic book on attachment I
When trying to encourage students to get in touch with their own mental wellbeing it can often be hard to make it part of the every day conversation. Making that happen is key to getting students on board to be pro active with feeling great everyday. So what can we do? The 5 Keys are a
Over the last few months Derbyshire County Council has been working very hard on a new SEMH resource. Thanks to their endeavor we now have this guide. It includes a stage by stage approach to Social, Emotional and Mental Health and well being within school. Under the categories of Introduction, Promote, Identify, Assess, Provide, Review and
It's a challenge most teachers face on a weekly basis - what do we say to support a student who is suffering with a mental health problem? How do we begin that supportive conversation? It's a scary moment. We aren't counsellors but we have been confided in. We can't say nothing - that will seem uncaring.
This document has been updated and the latest Wellbeing Toolkit can be found here. If I could select one training course in the last 18 months I have attended that has provided me with the most useful guidance for supporting students with SEMH needs, the Wellbeing Toolkit Training provided by Dr Tina Rae would be
In terms of the emerging crisis of children’s mental health, schools who believe they have seen the tip of the iceberg have only really just noticed its getting a little chilly. As more and more headlines herald the crisis and teachers scramble to be more roles to more students than ever before, the truth is