Turton and Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

We are very proud at Turton & Edgworth that our Pastoral support & care for our pupils is acknowledged as one of our many strengths.

Social, Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) is a priority at Turton and Edgworth and features on our School Improvement Plan this year. It will be statutory from 2019 onwards to have a Designated SEMH lead in every school in England and Wales. We are currently embarking on a series of training opportunities for our staff, ensuring we meet this requirement.

What are social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH)?

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. They often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.

This means that they have trouble in building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in mainstream education. Children with SEMH will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood.


Typical characteristics of children with SEMH can include:-

Disruptive, antisocial and uncooperative behaviour
Temper tantrums
Frustration, anger and verbal and physical threats / aggression
Withdrawn and depressed attitudes
Anxiety and self-harm
Drug abuse
Setting fires
SEMH does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can move forward and live successful lives.

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