Social, Emotional and Mental Health (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 sometimes their 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Withdrawn and depressed attitudes


Recent figures estimate that around 150,000 children in mainstream and special schools are suffering from SEMH.

SEMH does not have to be a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can move forward and live successful lives.

At St Michael’s C of E Junior School, we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and inclusive learning environment where every single member of our community is valued and respected. Our school values Friendship, Respect, Perseverance and Happiness form the basis of our broad, balanced and creative curriculum, which provides opportunities for everyone to succeed and achieve. 

Our guiding principle is one of inclusion. It is our aim to identify and break down possible barriers to learning.

St Michael's Juniors SEMH Policy 

If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Janine Wain (SENCo) 01622 751502