Supporting learners with SEMH: A practical toolkit for educators
Supporting learners with SEMH: A practical toolkit for educators.
Our 2nd SEMH conference (June 2019) focused on leadership and curriculum approaches to meeting the needs of learners with SEMH.
We now turn our attention to how practitioners can support learners with SEMH, with a wide variety of different needs; in the classroom.
This practical day will provide delegates with a varied toolkit of approaches and strategies to use with learners with SEMH.
SEMH and Learning: who is the anxious learner? With Carol Allen.
An anxious pupil is one not ready, or able, to engage in effective learning in the classroom. Yet this may present in many forms which mask the underlying anxiety, for example challenging behaviour. In this session, we will examine the sensory issues and physiological barriers to learning that may inhibit the anxious pupil.
Carol will explore ways to identify the anxious learner and to assess their individual barriers to learning. She will then suggest a range of effective strategies and practical ideas to reassure, support and engage these pupils.
Why getting the environment right for learning is crucial for pupils with SEMH. Richard Hirstwood.
The influence of the environment can have a huge impact on successful learning. Constant anxiety about overwhelming sensory stimuli or too much underwhelming sensory stimuli can be disruptive, as the learner ‘seeks’ undetectable but necessary stimulation. Both combine to reduce successful learning.
In Richard’s session, you will understand the critical impact the environment can have on learning. To assess this impact, we introduce you to the Environmental Audit. This tool will enable you to audit the environment and identify changes which will support a learners positive engagement and successful learning.
Sensory messy play and SEMH. Julie Cowpe-Stephens and Helen Dillon.
Sensory messy play creates the opportunity for a learner to play in a free and unrestricted way. A safe calm environment gives them the chance to escape their anxiety, stress or worries. Learners can explore, experiment and be creative without the pressure of a right or wrong way or result.
Messy play also allows a learner to:
develop awareness of their senses
understand their sensory system and what it tells them about their environment
develop relationships by interacting with others
develop play skills
be creative and experiment with new materials/textures
understand how it feels to be relaxed, rather than tense
to develop emotional resilience
In this session, Helen and Julie unpick why sensory and messy play is vital for the learner with SEMH. They share the reasons why you need to incorporate sensory messy play in your everyday classroom activities. Helen and Julie introduce a variety of practical ideas for messy play and invite you to experience these yourselves!
• understand the nature of anxiety and the pupil with SEND
• understand how an anxious pupil presents and how we can identify a pupil with anxiety issues
• Understand the role the senses play in SEMH/anxiety
• identify links between specific sensory and environmental stimuli and a learners behaviour
• understand how to audit the environment to support successful learning
• understand the contribution of unresolved sensory issues for the anxious pupil
• have new ideas on how to support emotional wellbeing and resiliance in the classroom
• Understand the importance of messy play
• explore sensory diversions and de-escalation techniques for the anxious pupil
15 June 2020 – London
16 June 2020 – Manchester
19 June 2020 – Newcastle
Costs – £265 plus VAT per place including refreshments & lunch.
Spaces – only 50 available for each date
Who should attend?
This will be appropriate for teachers and classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings & those with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with SEMH.
The learning continues after the course has ended with an online copy of all pertinent presentations, video & documents from the day on our website, for you to share with your colleagues and continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!
Times & housekeeping?
We begin the day from 9am with coffee and registration with presentations beginning at 9.30am. We will finish around 3.30pm. All refreshments and a lovely lunch are provided! Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements – we always cater for vegetarians.