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All About SEMH A Practical Guide for Secondary Teachers

By Sarah Johnson Copyright 2024
    ISBN 9781032225685
    120 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    September 5, 2023 by Routledge

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    All About SEMH is an accessible and informative guide for secondary school teachers, designed to increase their understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs and enhance their toolkit with practical, evidence-informed strategies to support learners in their care.

    The book unpicks key terminology and debunks myths and misconceptions, enabling teachers to more easily understand some of the challenges for learners with SEMH needs. It then explores a range of key areas including anxiety, depression, bereavement, OCD and self-harm, and focuses on practical strategies and adaptations that can be made in every classroom. All About SEMH includes:

    • A comprehensive introduction to social, emotional mental health needs and the surrounding terms and policies.
    • Practical strategies tailored to different conditions to help provide targeted support to secondary school learners.
    • Case studies and worked examples to illustrate points in the book, supporting behaviour recognition and developing reader understanding.
    • The difference between children’s behaviour at home and at school are examined and the voices of parents of children with SEMH are woven throughout.
    • Guidance on safeguarding and when to ask for additional support regarding concerns such as drug abuse or child exploitation
    • Easy to dip-in-and-out of chapters with signposting to further research, resources, and support.

    This accessible guide is a valuable resource to empower secondary educators, increasing their knowledge and understanding of SEMH, and providing a range of practical strategies to support every learner in their class. It will be essential reading for all secondary school educators, SENCOs and parents who are supporting children with SEMH needs.



    Part 1: Introduction

    1.1 The purpose of this book and how you might use it

    1.2 What is the international and local policy picture?

    1.3 What does it mean to have Social and Emotional Mental Health Needs?

    1.4 Discussing and finding out about research on SEMH

    Part 2: Different Needs and Practical Strategies

    2.1 Secondary school

    2.2 Anxiety

    2.2a) Emotional based school avoidance (EBSA)

    2.2b) Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

    2.2c) Social anxiety disorder

    2.2d) Interventions and strategies for children with anxiety disorders

    2.3 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    2.3a) Interventions and strategies for ADHD and ADD

    2.4 Bereavement, grief and loss

    2.4) Interventions and strategies for bereavement

    2.15 Bi-polar disorder

    2.15 b) interventions and support for children with bi-polar disorder

    2.5 Criminal Child Exploitation (CCE)

    2.4a) Interventions and strategies for children at risk or being criminally exploited

    2.5 Criminal sexual exploitation (CSE)

    2.5a) Interventions and strategies for children at risk or being CSE

    2.6 Depression

    2.6a) Interventions and strategies for depression

    2.7 Drug use and abuse

    2.7a) Interventions and strategies for drug use and abuse

    2.8 Eating disorders

    2.8d) Interventions and strategies for eating disorders

    2.9 Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB)

    2.10 Emerging personality disorder

    2.11 Self-harm

    2.11 a) interventions and support for children who self-harm

    2.14 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

    2.14 b) interventions and support for children with OCD

    2.13 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    2.13 b) PTSD intervention and support

    2.16 Psychosis

    2.16d) Interventions and support for psychosis

    Part 3: Further Resources

    3.1. Working with parents/carers

    3.16a) Strategies in working with parents/carers

    3.2. Other resources

    3.2 Mapping school support

    3.3 Mapping resources within and beyond the school gates




    Sarah Johnson is the founder of Phoenix Education Consultancy, which helps educational establishments to understand what they are doing well and looks at addressing gaps to improve their service. She previously worked in both primary and secondary mainstream education, including as Director of Inclusion for a large primary school, and as Head of a Secondary Pupil Referral Unit.

    "Sarah is passionate about all young people being successful in school. Her own educational experience has been working with some of the most challenging and vulnerable young people: this means her practical tips come from her own tried and tested strategies. Sarah always places the child at the heart of all that she does, and inclusion runs through her veins. This book will be a practical and useful resource which will make a real difference to teachers being able to more effectively support all of their learners." – Cath Kitchen OBE, Chair of National Association for Hospital Education

    "This practical, evidence-based and entirely user-friendly resource is an essential guide for all of those in the secondary phase who were seeking to gain a deeper understanding of mental health needs and how to support our young people to flourish in the school context. The last few years have seen a significant increase in mental health difficulties which have been linked to the covid pandemic, financial insecurity, and ongoing conflict across the globe. The impact on young people continues to concern many in education. This publication is written by practitioner who also has the lived experience necessary to provide a compassionate, nuanced and entirely practical set of resources which really do make a difference! It can be used as a dip in resource which makes it all the more accessible to the busy and frequently time staff professional." – Tina Rae, Child Psychologist & Author

    "Supporting children with SEMH (social and emotional mental health) needs is difficult. It's like juggling a million things on a unicycle. But with the right strategies and tools, we can help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. This book helps classroom teachers choose and use those tools. I appreciate this book because it recognises that their needs are often overlooked. Sarah encourages readers to approach this book with an open mind and a willingness to explore creative solutions to help all children learn, regardless of their challenges." – Abigail Hawkins, (FCCT), SENsible SENCO

    "A non-judgemental tour of the ways in which young people with SEMH may experience the world, and what we can do to help them at school.  As well as a valuable addition to your theoretical knowledge on the topic, you’ll also develop the confidence, skills and ideas you need to better support the young people you’re working with, right away." – Pooky Knightsmith, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Expert

    "SEMH (social and emotional mental health) is a challenging and growing need in schools so this book is a great help for classroom teachers. Sarah systematically provides information on each need, backed by research, and, drawing on her 20 years of experience in education, gives practical strategies and tools for teachers to use in the classroom. Supporting pupils with SEMH needs is not easy but with an open minded approach and the right support these pupils can flourish. This book sets out to make it easier for teachers to provide that support." - Fiona Johnson, SENCO and SEN Consultant

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