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Supporting Re-Engagement in Learning

Post Covid, engagement in learning has been a key area of need for many schools and young people. Anxieties run high, emotionally based non attendance is a key factor but the time spent out of education has also had an impact on lesson attendance for many. Many young people are increasingly attending school but struggling

By |2023-12-23T11:51:38+00:00December 23rd, 2023|Categories: SEMH|Tags: |0 Comments

Addressing Emotionally Based School Avoidance / Non Attendance

Addressing emotionally based school avoidance - a model. Firstly this article will use both this term and emotionally based school non attendance interchangeably. The preferred term at Semh.co.uk is emotionally based school non attendance as this is a factual, non judgemental term. The school avoidance aspect gives a degree of judgement and we try to remain

Guide to writing a Child Informed Plan

Whether it is trauma informed, attachment aware, child centred etc etc professionals working with young people strive to understand and address individual needs a young person has. Often the terminology can create difficulties - for example saying trauma informed makes some feel they are making a diagnosis. For this reason I want to lay out

By |2023-05-28T12:31:15+00:00May 28th, 2023|Categories: SEMH|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

7 Ways Pastoral Staff Can Enhance Their Relationship Building…

Relationships can make or break a child's experience in school. So how can we help get them off to the right start? In this article we focus in on how pastoral staff can build better relationships. 1. Boundary the relationship early Explain your role and what you are seeking to do. Identify the child's goals

By |2022-09-15T21:50:35+00:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

What is an SEMH Teacher?

What is an SEMH teacher? An SEMH teacher may be one who works in an advisory capacity between multiple schools, either for a local authority or a trust. They may also work in one particular setting cohorts of young people who experience significant barriers to learning (primarily associated with SEMH). An SEMH professional may also

By |2022-09-15T20:55:07+00:00September 15th, 2022|Categories: SEMH|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sensory Profiles / Sensory Checklists – The Sensory Suggester Tool

Sensory profiles (or sensory checklists) are incredibly powerful tools to help adults and young people to identify what sensations they make seek or avoid (or not notice) and what can be done about it. For teachers working with young people, this can have a huge impact on associated behaviours. Sensory assessments can be quite difficult

By |2022-09-14T20:43:47+00:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What is Emotionally Based School Avoidance?

Following COVID-19, there has been an increase in Emotionally Based School Avoidance, also known as Anxiety Based School Avoidance or Emotionally Based Non Attendance.  Sometimes known as school refusal, EBSA occurred for a long time prior to the pandemic but this has intensified as children have experienced extended periods at home due to the risk

By |2022-09-06T20:36:04+00:00September 6th, 2022|Categories: SEMH|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Pathological Demand Avoidance and PDA Strategies

In this article, we explore what Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is and what PDA strategies we can use to support the young people in our care. Remember, if you are looking for more generic behaviour strategies check out our behaviour tool. We also have a number of other topics to explore here. As always,

By |2022-04-05T21:38:39+00:00April 5th, 2022|Categories: Resources, SEMH|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Behaviour Management Strategies

Behaviour Management Strategies - what works? When it comes to behaviour, there is no one-size-fits-all. Things that work one day may not work the next and what works for one may not work for all. When it comes to behaviour (as previously discussed) there are the behaviour management strategies we use to manage a room

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