SEMH and Behaviour Support 

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is a type of special educational need in which young people have specific difficulties in managing social interaction, emotions and behaviour. They often show heightened responses and feelings to situations, which can make accessing education particularly difficult. 

Young people with SEMH needs may find building and maintaining relationships with peers and adults more difficult; they can also struggle to engage with learning and to cope in the classroom without additional strategies and interventions. They will often feel anxious, scared and misunderstood. 

Typical characteristics of young people with SEMH can include: 

  • High levels of anxiety 
  • Struggling to manage school rules and expectations 
  • Distressed behaviour 
  • Physically dangerous behaviour 
  • Avoidance and disengagement 
  • Mood difficulties 
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Self-harm 
  • Co-occurring learning difficulties 
  • Lower learning progress 

Fusion SEND Hub provide targeted support around SEMH and behaviour, led by experienced and qualified specialist teachers. This may take the form of staff training and coaching, as well as focused work with pupils. We can provide observations in school and provide targeted advice to help meet the needs of pupils. We can also provide whole-school work such as learning walks, reviews of policy and practice, and parent/family work.  

In addition to accredited Team Teach training, de-escalation training can also be offered to schools that require strategies to manage challenging behaviour and develop their relational practice. De-escalation training can enable schools to explore the issues that lead to challenging behaviour and help you to respond rather than react to behaviour; identifying signs that your young people are feeling distressed and therefore preventing them from potential crisis.  Please contact us for more information