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Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH)

  • Social  Difficulties
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Mental Health Conditions


Type of support/Provision provided by Cheviot Primary School:


  • The Universally Available Guidance  Provision for Early Years; 

    Universally Available Provision to Supporting children and young people who have additional needs in mainstream schools and SEND Level Descriptors are used by staff in supporting the needs of all pupils with their additional needs.

  • Excellent pastoral care.
  • The school provides excellent robust pastoral care for all pupils. The school also offers a Family Support Officer.
  • Our Family Support Officer has completed Thrive training and Lego Therapy. Mrs. McCulla offers a lunch-time club to support the needs of pupils who may be experiencing social or emotional difficulties. These lunchtime sessions support their emotional well –being, social skills and self-esteem.
  • The school’s behaviour policy identifies where reasonable adjustments or changes can be made to ensure the need for exclusion is kept to a minimum.
  • We use risk assessments and take action to ensure the safety and inclusion of all pupils in all activities.
  • Behaviour management systems in school are based upon encouraging children to make positive decisions about behavioural choices.
  • Staff have clear sanctions and rewards that are followed to offer children structure and routine.
  • Cheviot offers a Friday afternoon golden time as a reward for positive social, emotional and behaviour throughout the week.
  • We provide effective social and emotional scaffolding for all children in a nurturing environment.
  • Small group or 1:1 targeted programmes are delivered to children to improve social skills and emotional resilience.
  • Staff use the 5 point scale to help support children in managing their own emotions.
  • Staff specifically teach certain pupils about emotions, how they make our body feel and it is okay to have such emotions.
  • Small intervention sessions target certain groups of children focusing on: mindfulness; social interaction; understanding who a friend is along with life skills such as road safety and stranger danger. 
  • Outdoor learning is used to offer a different approach to the curriculum, which supports children with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
  • We can put into place tailored support for specific emotional needs, for example, bereavement.
  • Residential trips are open to all year 6 pupils to help develop social, emotional and behavioural resilience.
  • We seek support from outside agencies such as School Health, Community Paediatrician, the Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS) etc.


 Updated September 2023