Social, emotional and mental health

When children experience social and emotional difficulties, they may become withdrawn or isolated and may display challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour.  Children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.

Personal development and behaviour and attitudes are two of the four key judgements of the Ofsted framework, in which schools are required to provide evidence which demonstrates effective practice and the impact of improvement strategies and shows their children are able to learn.

Our SEMH support team is experienced and skilled in working with schools and settings to meet the needs of disadvantaged and at risk pupils. We offer a wide range of tailor-made support and intervention strategies to achieve Ofsted outcomes:

  • Bespoke group/whole school training:
    • Attachment based mentoring
    • Passive intervention and preventative strategies (PIPS)
    • Small group work to support SEMH
    • Introduction to the Boxall profile
    • Developing nurturing schools
    • Free2BeMe
    • How the brain works
    • Introduction to practical counselling
    • Skills to promote effective learning
    • Restorative approaches
  • Whole class observations, supporting school staff to develop individual school based plans, relational support plans, personalised curriculums and timetables, behaviour care plans and individual risk assessments
  • Whole school/team/individual solution focused coaching
  • Advice and guidance for statutory processes
  • Developing in-house systems to monitor, review and evaluate efficient and effective support of those with identified SEMH needs, including audits of policy and practice.

In addition to these intervention strategies, staff training and development is available and could include:

  • SEMH review
  • Policy review
  • Positive playtimes
  • Relational approaches
  • Individual and whole school coaching


4 primary age pupils with teacher all smiling to camera

Passive intervention and prevention strategies (PIPS)

PIPS training aims to support staff in developing a consistent, effective and acceptable team approach to managing behaviour.