This resource draws together the key findings from a large-scale investigation to find out ‘what works’ in SEN support. It accompanies the ‘SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges’ resource and is designed to inform the decisions leaders make about supporting learners with SEN in their settings.
We look at behaviour as a form of communication, something that is trying to get a need met (known or unknown). Following Dan Hughes PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy) theory we use a range of none confrontational strategies to allow children to take ownership and interpret their own emotions.
All of our children have an education health and care plan (EHCP), therefore we are always trying to ensure that we are applying the personalised strategies suggested in their plans in the classroom. We have found that this can be a challenge. EHCP’s can be very lengthy to read and sometimes hard for teachers to grasp all the terminology.
Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people's mental wellbeing. Staff working in schools are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people. The below series of films, featuring some of the Centre's child mental health experts, aim to provide help and guidance to teachers on a range of issues including low mood, anxiety and self-harm.
This is be an ongoing series of films.
The Talking Mental Health Teacher Toolkit and Animation aim to give children an understanding of what mental health is and the difference between every day small feelings and a big feeling, the consistent and accessible language to talk about mental health and an understanding of how to be a good listener.
The free Teacher Toolkit, aimed at primary schools, includes a lesson plan, an assembly plan, a set of cross-curricular activities alongside a range of resources.
This free leaflet, which features an introduction from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, provides simple advice and guidance to parents and carers about how to make conversations about their child's feelings part of everyday conversation.
The leaflet was developed by the Centre's child mental health experts and is supported by a video featuring Dr. Sheila Redfern.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has produced a booklet for primary and secondary schools to support all staff working in school settings to understand how best to help children and young people in their care.
The booklet, developed with our child mental health experts, explains in simple terms what to do if you are worried about a child or young person in your school, and includes information on a range of topics including anxiety, low mood and self-harm.
Routine is key for pupils with SEND. They need to know their boundaries, the expectations of staff, the expectations of their behaviour and that of their peers. Something out of the norm may cause high anxiety and result in unwanted behaviours from that pupil.