Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning Team (SEMHL)

SEMH and Learning team

The Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning Team are part of the Local Authority offer to Coventry Schools. We are a team of experienced and skilled teachers and practitioners who work in schools across the city providing support to understand and remove barriers for children and young people with learning, social, emotional and mental health (often referred to as behaviour needs or wellbeing).

Our work with schools

We are a traded service, commissioned by schools. We work closely with schools to provide support for individuals, groups, classes and staff training on a bespoke basis.

We are a team of experienced teachers who specialise in supporting primary and secondary age children and young people who are experiencing barriers to their learning and/or where they are presenting with social, emotional and wellbeing needs. We investigate the reasons for difficulties and provide supportive and enabling strategies for staff, pupils and parents.

Schools request work with individuals, groups, classes or in staff training at termly planning meetings. Parents must give their consent and their views are requested before work begins.

When we meet pupils we talk to them about the things they are good at, the areas they find more tricky and what they would like to improve in.

Information from parents, pupil and school is used alongside specialist assessments to determine priorities and next steps. Recommendations for supportive strategies and interventions which will have a positive impact on pupil progress are provided to the school. Progress can be reviewed by us or by the school.

Our areas of specialism

Our teachers have a range of specialisms across both areas of learning and social, emotional and mental health.

Areas of specialism include, but is not limited to:

  • General learning assessments
  • Targeted support for learning needs such as spelling, writing and reading
  • Dyslexia assessments and specialist teaching
  • Solution-focussed approaches
  • Growth mindset
  • Anger management
  • Friendship skills
  • Bespoke packages of training can be delivered and tailored to the needs of the school
  • Specific Maths Assessments
  • Resiliency
  • Mindfulness
  • Guided Visualisation
  • Emotion Coaching
  • Anxiety