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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Our Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Offer

At Holy Family, we support our children's Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) through a variety of different approaches and activities.

We have our own Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, Mrs Eyres, who provides ad hoc wellbeing support, as well as more detailed targeted support for individual children. See tab for more information.

As a school, we use Zones of Regulation to support children to manage the different emotions that we feel and encounter throughout our daily lives. See tab for more information. 

We have our own Education Mental Health Practitioner, Emma Smith, who works for the NHS Mental Health Support Team. See tab for more information. 

We use Emotion Coaching language in all our communication with the children, in order to guide and teach them to use more effective responses when feeling heightened emotions.  See tab for more information. 

All children at Holy Family have a day of Forest School approximately once every small term (depending on the number of weeks in a term). Some children may have additional Forest School sessions if it's felt that it would benefit their social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). 

For children who may need some additional support with developing their social skills, we run programmes such as Brick Club, Time to Talk, Socially Speaking and Talkabout. Some children have more personalised social skills support written into their EHCPs, which is sometimes delivered on a 1:1 basis. This depends on the individual child. 

We offer a 'Wellbeing Club' once a week during the lunchtime period for children in KS2. 

If you feel your child may benefit from some more personalised support for their social, emotional and/or mental health, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or contact our SENDCo, Mrs Collins, on