Behavioural difficulties (5-16 years old)

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Some children and young people with special education needs and disabilities might have some difficulties with their behaviour.

These difficulties may affect how they are progressing at their school or how they are interacting with their peers and family members.

In this section you can find out more about the services that are available to help children and young people with their behavioural difficulties. 

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View full details of Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning Team (SEMHL) - Introduction

About

Social Emotional Mental Health & Learning Team (SEMHL)

The SEMHL are part of Coventry SEND Support Service.

They are a team of experienced teachers and teaching assistants.

They specialise in supporting primary and secondary age children and young people who are struggling with their learning or who have presenting behaviour that is causing concern.

They investigate the reasons for difficulties and provide supportive and enabling strategies for pupils, staff and parents.

They are made up of the

The Schools Team – a team of specialist teachers that a large number of mainstream primary and secondary schools in Coventry buy into for support.

The Keys – two early intervention bases for primary aged children who need short term additional support to help manage their behaviour and emotions.

For more information, please read the information tabs about each of these services below.

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The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a specialised response to children/young people whose progress in educational settings is presenting serious concerns to their parents/carers and to staff who teach that child/young person. Support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested in most cases by:

  • a school/academy, 
  • the local authority, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

The EPS is based at Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9QX.

Requests from schools

At the beginning of each financial year, schools ask for an agreed total number of hours from the EPS. In exceptional circumstances, schools may request additional hours from the EPS during the course of that financial year. At the beginning of each school term, the EP and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) meet to agree the work that the EP will complete over the course of the term. 

How to access educational psychology in Coventry

Coventry City Council’s Educational Psychology team (EPS) provides services for children and young people with significant or complex special educational needs. In most cases, support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested by:

  • the local authority, 
  • a school or academy that has purchased support from the team, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

Requests from the Local Authority

The Local Authority commissions the EP team to complete a range of work on its behalf. This includes EHC Needs Assessments, work with Early Years children, work in special schools and work with children and young people attending out-of-city provision. Support is usually requested by the Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SARS). 

Requests from parents, carers and young people

If parents or carers have concerns that their child has special educational needs and wish for the involvement of an EP, they should raise their concerns with the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in the first instance. 
If a parent or carer contacts the EP team directly to request involvement, the EP may agree to discuss the parent or carer’s concerns at the next Planning Meeting. A representative from the school will then inform the parent or carer of any actions that are agreed.  

Gaining parental consent

Parental consent is necessary for an EP to start work with a young person and to process their personal information. This is usually gained from parents, carers or the young person themselves by the SENCo of the setting they attend.

Children receiving education at home

Requests for EP support for children who are electively home educated, should be addressed to the SARS team in the first instance.

For more information, please visit the Educational Psychology website.

The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs  in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page 

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you. 

Telephone

024 7678 8400

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The Keys – two early intervention bases for primary aged children who need short term additional support to help manage their behaviour and emotions.

How does the Keys work?

The Keys are mainstream provisions for keys stage 1 and key stage 2 pupils who are at risk of exclusion and are struggling to meet the behavioural expectations of their school.  One provision for 24 KS1 and KS2 children is based at Parkgate Primary School and one for 12 KS1 children is based at Frederick Bird Primary School.

Short term, intensive support in a small group is provided to improve resiliency and skills and enable successful integration back into mainstream school. The provision is for 2 terms for 4 days per week, with the 5th day back in their school.

To access a place at the Keys, schools complete a Keys referral. This is then presented at a panel meeting of heads and Keys staff. If the child is accepted, visits to the Key and home are arranged. Once this is completed a start date is agreed between the school, parent/carer and the teacher in charge of the Key.

The Keys offer a broad and balanced creative curriculum which is differentiated in order to ensure that children experience successful outcomes.

Our aim is to equip children to successfully return to their mainstream school. A personalised re-integration programme ensures good outcomes for pupils. This re-integration programme is planned in partnership by Key and school staff, parents/carers and pupils and includes follow up visits and support, if needed.

At the Keys, we work together in partnership with parents and schools to:

  • Build trust, increase resilience and unlock potential to better prepare children for their learning journey.
  • Develop a shared understanding of strengths and difficulties between The Key, parents/carers and the child’s mainstream school.
  • Offer outreach support to the mainstream school.
  • Strengthen multi-agency links.
  • Improve inclusive practice for children with SEND.
  • Reduce exclusions.
  • Improve academic attainment.
  • Improve attendance.
  • Reduce barriers to learning.
  • Provide clear consistent rules, routines and boundaries
  • Listen to the voice of the child
  • Work with other agencies to support the best outcomes for children and families
  • Support parents/carers and children to ensure appointments, support and interaction happens as planned

How to contact The Keys

Further information is available through the SENCo at your child’s school or from Jo Cave, Keys Provision Manager at [email protected]

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The Schools Team is a team of specialist teachers that many mainstream primary and secondary schools in Coventry buy into for support with Social Emotional Mental Health and Learning needs.

Website

www.coventry.gov.uk/info/62/coventry_send_support_service/2319/semh_and_learning_team/2

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Youth Offending Service

When a young person is placed in custody, the Youth Offending Service will contact the Special Education Needs (SEN) Team to find out if they have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

If there is an EHCP in place, the SEND Coordinator and the Youth Offending Services (YOS) Case Manager for the young person in custody will then meet with each other.

Together they will ensure that the custodial establishment (the person or organisation that has custody of the child or young person) has all the information that they need to provide education for the young person during their period of remand or sentence and plan for their release and re-integration into education within the community.

Please visit the Youth Offending Service website for more information. 

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