Early identification of need remains the key focus for Ethos Academy Trust’s Outreach Team and PRU Provisions offering support to schools in the development of their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).
Further documents below illustrate the processes of referral, support & intervention, some are key stage specific.
SPR Processes (SEMH)
Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) issues have become the proverbial elephant in the classroom, and are now recognised in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.
It’s vitally important to notice these issues as they develop in children and to take action, as it can affect their education, future life prospects, and how they develop relationships and attitudes as they grow older.
Often, SEMH issues stem from other, concealed issues, whether these be problems at home, depression, anxiety at school, or disorders such as ADHD.
Whatever the catalyst for this trend – social media, societal change, increasing academic pressure, or improved diagnosis – there is no denying its implications. These issues can surface at any school age, and have a wide-reaching impact in their school life.
How To Spot SEMH Issues In Children
There are a few tell-tale signs to look out for:
- Fighting and seeking to harm themselves or others
- Becoming closed off or emotionally detached
- Sudden mood swings and outbursts
- Unpredictable changes in personality
- Weight loss or signs of eating disorders
- An overall lack of concentration
- Evidence of substance abuse
Bear in mind that these issues could be symptomatic of the child trying to communicate their difficulties with you, whether they realise it or not. These symptoms can be reduced and managed by adopting positive SEMH strategies that help to deal with the root cause.
Additional Guidance Documents to Support Schools
Advice Around Part Time Timetables
This guidance is to support all schools maintained by the council, academies, free schools and independent schools in the appropriate use of a reduced educational provision and to ensure that no child is excluded illegally through the imposition of a reduced timetable (sometimes referred to as a ‘part-time’ timetable). This guidance relates to pupils of statutory school age.
DfE Guidance (Children Unable to Attend School Due to Health Reasons)
There will be a wide range of circumstances where a child has a health need but will receive suitable education that meets their needs without the intervention of the LA – for example, where the child can still attend school with some support; where the school has made arrangements to deliver suitable education outside of school for the child; or where arrangements have been made for the child to be educated in a hospital by an on-site hospital school. We would not expect the LA to become involved in such arrangements unless it had reason to think that the education being provided to the child was not suitable or, while otherwise suitable, was not full-time or for the number of hours the child could benefit from without adversely affecting their health. This might be the case where, for example, the child can attend school but only intermittently.
For further information please contact the Headteacher relevant to the key stage as follows:
KS1 & 2
Alison Ward – Head Teacher
Hannah Lord – Head Teacher
Rebecca Smith – Head Teacher
Director of Off-site Provision