UK Children’s Mental Health Week & Leading Inclusivity

UK Children’s Mental Health Week UK Children’s Mental Health Week & Leading Inclusivity

This week is UK Children’s Mental Health Week. Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, it aims to bring to national attention the importance of children and young people’s mental health. For 2021, the theme is ‘Express Yourself’’ and is all about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. At a time of extreme mental and emotional stress for everybody, this can be an incredibly effective way to communicate difficult thoughts and feelings.


Understanding Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs within your educational setting

According to Place2Be, around one in three children in every primary school class has a mental health difficulty, and many others struggle with challenges including bullying and bereavement. In particular now in these unprecedented times, many will be dealing with issues they may not have faced before, such as isolation and loneliness, anxiety and depression. Having the theoretical understanding and practical skills to make a positive difference to young people with mental health challenges has become more vital than ever. Fortunately, these topics and more are covered in our module; Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). This 30 masters-level credits module is available as part of our Masters in Leading Inclusive Education (MALIE) Programme, and our Master of Education in Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (MEd SEND) programme.



MALIE is an exciting, distance-learning pathway for education professionals from all phases and settings, who wish to progress into leadership roles or to develop their leadership skills, in the crucial area of inclusion. Developing inclusive education practice to support the needs of all learners is one of the most important challenges facing education professionals today. After completing your mandatory Leadership of Inclusive Practice module, you are free to choose two from six 30 masters-credit modules, of which Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) is one. The MALIE Programme aims to develop your skills and confidence to enable you to lead inclusive practice in your setting, allowing you to create a safe, supportive learning environment for students with special mental health needs.

Our next MALIE cohort begins on 15 February, and we recommend registering as soon as possible to allow time to process your application and payment.



Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) is also available as a skills & knowledge module in our SEND programme, recently shortlisted for the BETT 2021 Award in the Special Educational Needs Solutions Category. This module has been designed to develop your understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs, understand the skills that you need to use to make a positive difference to your setting, and develop the essential knowledge of the latest policies, theories and research. Completion of this module along with the Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion module leads to the Postgraduate Certificate in SEND: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (60 credits), or you can take the 30 masters-level credits to work towards a the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or MEd SEND (180 credits).

Our next SEND Programme cohort starts on 15 May, but you can book today.


SEMH CPD Unit with Real Group’s Dyslexia Action – The Emotionally Connected Classroom

The Emotionally Connected Classroom is a Level 5 unit provides an understanding of the impact of emotions on the thinking brain and its implications for learning. It aims to provide an introduction to key elements of current research and practice in mentalisation theory (understanding the mental state of oneself and others) and emotional coaching. The importance of connectedness and relationships is emphasised throughout.

This unit is suitable for TAs or those without a degree, as well as educational professionals looking for a shorter course. Like the MEd and MALIE modules above, this unit is delivered through our online learning platform Campus Online.

Our next cohort starts on 17 March. For more information on this course or to book your place, please click here.

If you have any further questions or queries about any of these courses or qualifications, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1273 35 80 80 or and we will be happy to help.