Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH)

 

  • Social  Difficulties
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Mental Health Conditions

 

Type of support/Provision provided by Cheviot Primary School:

  • Excellent pastoral Care
  • The school provides excellent robust pastoral care for all pupils. The school also offers a Family Support Officer (FSO), a counsellor (Counselling) and an attendance officer.
  • Our Family Support Officer has completed Thrive training. This helps children develop their emotional well-being along with their social skills and self-esteem.
  •  The school’s behaviour policy identifies where reasonable adjustments or changes can be made to ensure the need for exclusion is kept to a minimum.
  • We use risk assessments and take action to ensure the safety and inclusion of all pupils in all activities.
  • Behaviour management systems in school are based upon encouraging children to make positive decisions about behavioural choices.
  • We have clear sanctions and rewards that are followed to offer children structure and routine.
  • Cheviot offers a Friday afternoon golden time as a reward for positive social, emotional and behaviour throughout the week.
  • We provide effective social and emotional scaffolding for all children in a nurturing environment.
  • Small group or 1:1 targeted programmes are delivered to children to improve social skills and emotional resilience e.g. counselling.
  • Outdoor learning is used to offer a different approach to the curriculum, which supports children with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  • There is a nurture group at lunch times/break times to support vulnerable children.
  • Drop ins every Tuesday with the school counsellor are available for all pupils as and when required. 
  • Our outstanding staff , support all aspects of social, emotional and mental health difficulties, for example our school counsellor provides structured and time-limited support for vulnerable pupils.
  • We can put into place tailored support for specific emotional needs, for example, bereavement.
  • Residential trips are provided in certain year groups to help develop social, emotional and behavioural resilience.
  • We seek support from outside agencies such as School Health, Community Paediatrician, the Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) etc.

 

 Updated September 2018