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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:


  • All teachers have received training and use the Newcastle Mainstream Guidance in supporting the needs of all pupils with social, emotional and mental health 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 2022