SEMH ARC

Social, Emotional & Mental Health ARC

 

The Social, Emotional and Mental Health  Additionally Resourced Centre (SEMH ARC)  at Cheviot Primary  is a specialised provision for Newcastle learners aged between 5 - 7 in school (predominately KS1) however this can extend into lower Key stage 2.    The provision is for children who struggle in managing their own emotions and different behaviours within a mainstream setting and need the benefit of additional support. The ARC facilitates an appropriate school placement for children with the expectation that a child would remain in an ARC for a maximum of two years.

There are six children in the SEMH  ARC, with a Teacher and a SEN Teaching Assistant. The provision offers a place where your child can flourish in a small group, with adults who have expertise in emotional, social and mental health difficulties.   The provision provides a continuum of provision extending from individual support and small group setting to inclusion in mainstream class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The aim of the SEMH ARC is to create a happy, welcoming, stimulating environment which will provide the children with the opportunity and motivation to develop their full potential socially, emotionally and intellectually. A broad and balanced curriculum is offered with the aim to re-integrate the pupils  into mainstream education whenever possible.  In order to achieve this we:

  •          Encourage the children to develop independence and positive attitudes to learning
  •          Develop a calm atmosphere where all children have a high self- esteem and confidence in themselves and learn to treat others with respect
  •          Encourage children to take responsibility for their own actions
  •          Promote positive relationship, perseverance and social  tolerance
  •          Clear behaviour management systems are based upon encouraging children to make positive decisions about behavioural choices.
  •          A smaller classroom setting enables a higher adult to child ratio and to reduce visual and auditory distractions.
  •          Clear sanctions and rewards that are followed to offer children structure and routine.
  •          Visual timetables 
  •          Children are integrated into mainstream classes where appropriate with initial support to develop social and emotional development in a range of settings.
  •          Staff ensure they put advice from specialists/ outside agencies into daily practice to support the children overcome barriers.
  •          Outdoor learning is used to offer a different approach to the curriculum, which supports children with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  •          A quiet room/ space is available for children to manage their feelings. 

 

Places are allocated by a formal process ran by Newcastle Local Authority. These are not allocated by the school/ SMART Multi Academy Trust.

Who to contact

Contact Name: Mrs. Bowman (SEMH Teacher) or   Ms. Thompson (SENDCO)

Telephone: 0191 2869324

E-mail: admin@cheviot.newcastle.sch.uk

Please read our ARC leaflet on our school website http://www.cheviot.newcastle.sch.uk/website

 Updated April 2020