Teaching School Collaborative Sandwell


Supporting mental health in schools

Course details

The new category of social, emotional & mental health (SEMH) needs replaced the old category of behaviour, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.  Many schools used the BESD category for all those pupils who appeared to have any behaviour difficulties, from those who were withdrawn to those who had challenging behaviours and so were not able to identify the underlying needs.

With removal of the word behaviour and the introduction of mental health, teachers need to be able to identify the underlying needs of these pupils and offer support and strategies to intervene early to ensure that the pupils needs are met especially those who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Course outcomes

With 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 suffering from a diagnosable mental health disorder it is possible that there are up to three children in every class who may go unnoticed and not offered the support they need.  This course will offer an overview of mental health issues and offer schools support and guidance on how to develop a mentally healthy school for both staff and pupils.

Target Audience

Leadership, teachers, SENCos, support staff, carers, professionals.

Course location

The Orchard School Causeway Green Road Oldbury B68 8LD

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