Promoting Wellbeing in the Classroom

The wellbeing of students is central to their academic success, both in and out of school. When students face challenges that impact their social, emotional or mental health semh, their ability to learn and engage with others is hindered. Semh problems can lead to poor concentration, behavioural issues and even a lack of interest in academics, which leads to lower grades. They can also result in high levels of stress, which can contribute to physical symptoms like headaches and fatigue that interfere with learning.

Delving Deeper: Unraveling the Complexity of SEMH Behavior

Educators can help support students with semh by creating safe, inclusive classroom spaces where students feel free to express their concerns without judgement. They can provide staff and student-specific training and self-help resources, as well as establish supportive partnerships with parents and mental health professionals. In addition, they can facilitate opportunities for students to develop key skills like empathy and resilience that promote overall wellbeing in and out of the classroom.

Children and young people with a social, emotional or mental health need, or semh, have immature social skills and are struggling to form relationships, exhibiting challenging, distruptive or disturbing behaviour. Often, their difficulties stem from underlying mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. They may also have other co-occurring SEND needs such as Autism Spectrum Condition or ADHD.

When a child has a SEMH need, it is important for school staff to recognise it as early as possible and to act accordingly. They may need additional support at home, or at school through mentoring and nurture groups. Providing a safe and nurturing environment reduces the likelihood of under-achieving or behavioural issues in class, while increasing their overall school experience.