Five online courses for all teaching staff to support their student’s SEMH needs.

What are the SEMH courses?

There are many initiatives popping up all over the UK to support children who struggle with their mental health, anything from extreme behaviours to bereavement, drug abuse to social anxiety.

The ONE MISSING PIECE from all the wonderful programmes out there is one simple but most fundamental idea: what teachers can do in their classrooms to include the most vulnerable and challenging students through their teaching.

At the heart of all Inclusion Expert’s work is the concept of Inclusive Pedagogy. This is not instead of providing a safe counselling space for Thomas who is struggling with self-harm, but specific training for teachers for what they can do to best include Thomas in the class learning. There are many courses on “Attachment” but hardly any that focus on what “attachment-friendly” classroom teaching and learning actually looks like.

These courses are for all teachers and TAs to help them understand and practice the art of inclusive classrooms and to compliment the exceptional Pastoral work schools already do on a daily basis with through their dedicated individuals who have trained to deal with a range of students needs outside of the classroom such as Pastoral Leads (Heads of Year and Key Stage).

These courses are for both Primary and Secondary Staff.

Five online teacher courses for SEMH

  • Attachment in the classroom
  • Behavior as a communication
  • Building resilience
  • Advanced listening skills
  • How to support a student in crisis

Attachment in the classroom

This course will take you through some ideas and concepts that will help you understand what is meant by attachment and how it may affect children and young people in the classroom. The key to this course is how your knowledge of attachment theory relates to practical strategies within the classroom to make a real difference to your teaching practice and addressing barriers to learning within the classroom environment.

By the end of the course you will have covered:

  1. What is meant by the term ‘attachment’ both ‘secure’ and ‘insecure’
  2. Be able to spot children who may have attachment issues
  3. Practical strategies to support pupils with various attachment styles to access their learning in the classroom
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Behaviour as Communication

The traditional approach to classroom management is to deal with the symptoms – the poor and disruptive behaviour. The usual focus is on the incident, not the cause of incident. We know that if instead we focus on the causes of behaviour and regard all behaviour as communication then this works better for us and for the children in our classrooms.

By the end of the course you will:

  1. Understand behaviour as a form of communication
  2. Consider some of the underlying reasons for behaviour difficulties
  3. Understand how ASD, ADHD and attachment disorders may impact on behaviour in the classroom
  4. Develop a range of strategies to support behaviour in the classroom
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Building Resilience

This course will take you through some ideas and concepts that will help you to understand what is meant by resilience and how it may affect the children and young people in the classroom. The key to this course is how your knowledge of the theory of resilience relates to practical strategies within the classroom to make a real difference to your teaching practice; it will also address barriers to learning within the classroom environment.

By the end of the course you will:

  1. Understand more about the importance of resilience and the role it can play in your classroom
  2. Own a number of practical strategies to support pupils to develop resilience within the school environment
  3. Have applied practical strategies to identified pupils in your classroom and hopefully see the impact in your lessons
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Advanced listening skills

In this course you will develop advanced listening skills to enhance your interactions with the children you work, their parents/carers and your colleagues. This course is particularly useful for educational practitioners that already utilise good listening skills within the classroom but would like to deepen their knowledge to include a range of strategies for advanced communication skills and working with challenging situations.

By the end of the course you will have covered:

  1. What is meant by advanced listening skills
  2. Frameworks to be able to understand listening skills and your own communication styles
  3. Using advanced listening skills to manage challenging behaviour of vulnerable young people in your school community
  4. Supporting young people to listen and communicate effectively with one another
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How to support a student in crisis

By the end of the course you will:

  1. Understand the six stages model of a pupil crisis
  2. Appreciate that pupils have different emotional arousal levels and how this impact on their behaviour
  3. Be equipped with several approaches and strategies to support pupil engagement in learning
  4. Consider a number of ways to de-escalate potential crisis situations
  5. Have some knowledge of the legal framework around physical intervention should this be necessary to effectively manage a pupil in crisis
  6. Understand the need to support the pupil after a crisis for them to move on and learn
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