Social, emotional and mental health

We provide specialist teaching services to help meet the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. We provide SEMH specialist teaching to all education settings.

What is specialist teaching of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)?

Specialist teaching of SEMH supports the learning of individuals who have SEMH needs through teaching useful strategies, such as; social skills, emotional wellbeing, and mental health. SEMH needs may manifest through challenging behaviour or low mood. Our specialist teachers maximise the potential of children and young people by working with them to overcome their barriers to learning, and through advising education staff on how best to support identified individuals.

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder.

SEND code of practice (2015)

What specialist teaching services do we offer in relation to SEMH?

Our specialist teachers offer the following services in relation to SEMH:

  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • 1-to-1 intervention
  • Group intervention
  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • Whole school work

Services are bespoke according to needs and requirements, so if a service is required which is not listed above then please contact us by emailing or phoning 0330 088 8408.

Where a child continues to make less than expected progress, despite evidence-based support and interventions that are matched to the child's area of need, practitioners should consider involving appropriate specialists, for example, health visitors, speech and language therapists, Portage workers, educational psychologists or specialist teachers, who may be able to identify effective strategies, equipment, programmes or other interventions to enable the child to make progress towards the desired learning and development outcomes.

SEND code of practice (2015)

What interventions and groups can our SEMH specialist teachers provide?

Our specialist SEMH teachers provide individual interventions and group work to support a variety of SEMH needs. Common interventions and groups include:

  • Nurture groups
  • Social skills
  • Resilience
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Taking ownership of behaviour
  • Using strengths
  • Mindfulness
  • Anti-bullying
  • Lego Therapy
  • Peer mentoring
  • Increasing self-esteem

The above list is not exhaustive as there are many set interventions and groups available, in addition to bespoke support designed according to identified needs.

Who we work with

Our specialist services can be accessed by education, health and other professions working with children and young people.

Poor mental health undermines educational attainment. Surveys suggest that disproportionately large numbers of pupils with conduct and emotional disorders fall behind in their overall educational attainment, missing school and/or being excluded.

Mental health and behaviour in schools (2016)

What consultancy and whole school services do we provide?

Our specialist SEMH teachers provide consultancy to suit the needs of individuals, groups and education settings. Examples of the consultancy we provide include:

  • Professional support
  • Problem solving
  • Coaching
  • Setting up provision, including resource bases
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Reducing risk
  • Increasing resilience
  • Alternative curriculums
  • School refusers
  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health (including anxiety and depression)

We take a whole school approach to promote sustainable and positive change in relation to SEMH in education settings. Whole school approaches can maximise the impact of interventions and teaching. Our SEMH specialist teachers provide a variety of whole school approaches according to the requirements of the education setting. To talk to a member of our team about SEMH consultancy needs then please get in touch now.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that primary schools and secondary schools should be supported to adopt a comprehensive, 'whole school' approach to promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Such an approach moves beyond learning and teaching to pervade all aspects of the life of a school, and has been found to be effective in bringing about and sustaining health benefits.

DfE also identifies a whole-school approach to promoting good mental health as a protective factor for child and adolescent mental health.

Promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing: A whole school and college approach (2015)

What training do our SEMH specialist teachers offer?

Our SEMH specialist teachers offer training on a broad range of aspects related to SEMH within education settings. Examples of training we provide are:

  • Positive classroom management
  • SEMH awareness
  • Effective strategies to support SEMH within the classroom
  • Condition-specific training
  • Supporting at-risk or vulnerable students
  • Increasing resilience
  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health for education staff

Bespoke training is provided in order to offer relevant training to education settings and their staff, children and young people. We regularly run external CPD events throughout the year on a broad range of topics.


Our training is available on and off site for education settings and organisations in relation to health, psychology and education.

Which children and young people do we work with?

We work with children and young people who have been identified as having SEMH needs, or are suspected to have SEMH needs. Examples of behaviour which may indicate SEMH needs include:

  • Anxiety
  • Frustration and anger
  • Disruptive
  • Withdrawn
  • School refusal
  • Difficulties with social interactions

SEMH needs can be displayed in a variety of ways and if you suspect that an individual may be experiencing SEMH difficulties then it is important to act fast to reduce the impact of the needs on a child or young person.

Next steps

  • Step 1.Interested?
  • Step 2.Request more information
  • Step 3.Commission EHP

What are the benefits of using our specialist SEMH teachers?

There are many benefits of using our specialist SEMH teachers as they:

  • Narrow the attainment gap
  • Increase resilience
  • Upskill school staff
  • Specialist services when required
  • Reduction in challenging behaviour caused by SEMH difficulties
  • Provide high quality services

Input from our specialist SEMH teachers can lead to long-lasting sustainable benefits to education settings.


Our services can be funded through a variety of ways.

Our SEMH specialist teaching services support children, young people and education settings. SEMH interventions are more effective when put in place within the context of a whole school approach. As many children and young people face emotional wellbeing and mental health challenges it is important to appropriately identify and address these needs.

Commission EHP

Our specialist multidisciplinary services can be commissioned through a service level agreement and as standalone input.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about the services we offer or to book a free initial discussion then please contact us on email

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