Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) in Schools

A pupil’s social, emotional and mental health semh needs can impact their ability to learn. This is why schools must be proactive in recognising any changes and take action early on to help prevent behavioural issues, bullying and isolation.

Unlocking Potential: Empowering Individuals with SEMH Support

SEMH is a label for children who show difficult and distressing behaviours and lack the ability to manage their emotions or behaviour. This can make it hard for them to build and maintain relationships, form a positive identity in the community or engage effectively in mainstream education. They often feel scared, alone and misunderstood. SEMH can also be an underlying cause of co-occurring learning and communication difficulties such as autism or ADHD.

There are many factors that can lead to SEMH, including:

Lack of support within the family;

Adverse childhood experiences;

Current family dynamics;

School culture and environment;

Educators must understand that every behaviour is communication. It is important to recognise if a child is feeling anxious or worried and to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to overcome these anxieties. This can include teaching coping techniques, creating a worry box and providing access to self-help resources.

In addition, a supportive school environment can prevent students from engaging in harmful behaviours and increase their chances of academic achievement. It can also reduce the likelihood of behavioural issues, underachievement and exclusion. This can be achieved through effective strategies and partnerships with external providers. A passionate leader, staff training programmes and clear policies can all promote a holistic approach to the welfare of pupils with semh.