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Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs – Skills & Knowledge30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineContinuing Professional DevelopmentValidated by Middlesex University

‘The majority of education staff say there has been a rise in the number of children with emotional, behavioural or mental health problems over the past five years coupled with worsening student behaviour in schools and colleges.’

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

Why take this module?

Develop your understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs; bring your practice right up-to-date; and enhance your professional development as a reflective, research-led practitioner.

Understand the skills that you need to use to make a positive difference to your setting – and practise them in your setting too.

Develop the essential knowledge of the latest policies, theories and research. Acquire the ability to critique knowledge and existing practice seamlessly.

Please note

From September 2018 our Application & Reflection modules have been replaced by a new 30-credit complimentary module called Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion. The individual Application and Reflection modules are no longer available. If you are booking a Skills & Knowledge module and wish to also register for an Application & Reflection module please select Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion on the booking form.

The course starts in September, January and May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Add real value to your school

  • Bring expertise in-school and save money.
  • Develop practical skills, tutored by experienced professionals.
  • Access a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials to support you.
  • Develop your confidence to support the most vulnerable and complex children in your school effectively.

Develop professional expertise

  • Bring your practice up-to-date with the latest thinking and emerging trends in working with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Understand specific difficulties such as self-harm, anxiety, depressions, and eating disorders.
  • Recognise the significance of social, emotional and mental health difficulties and their relationship to mental health theories about risk and resilience.
  • Gain confidence and expertise in evaluating your own work context in relation to local, national provision and legal frameworks.
  • Critically analyse management approaches and tools for assessment and identification.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Work at a time and pace that suits you.
  • Take part in a flexible module that draws on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Access our sophisticated online learning platform and utilise the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation, student forum and webinars (with tutors and guest lecturers).

Accrue credits towards your MEd

  • Attain 30 Masters-level (M-level) credits when you successfully complete this module.
  • We offer an unrivalled range of follow-on, practice-led SEND courses that count towards your MEd.
  • Get 180 credits and the MEd is yours.

Connect with your peers

  • Obtain exclusive access to Campus OnlineTM.
  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors.
  • Work with a learning coach, professional tutor and receive dedicated support from the tutor team – made up of experienced SENCOs/SEN consultants/educational psychologists (EPs).

Our SENCOs and EPs know the education sector inside out.

Choose a start date that suits you

Start the module at a time of the year that suits you – September, January or May.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

The module content

Strand one: The context for inclusive education

  • Explore the personal social and emotional development perspectives of those with social, emotional and mental health difficulties in learning environments.
  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the evolution of the definitions and perspectives of labels associated with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Build on your understanding of the interplay between causal factors that commonly link with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Explore the psychological theories that underpin the behaviours associated with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Consider the role of educational establishments in recognising mental ill health among learners displaying social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Strand two: The effective setting: policy, provision and interventions

  • Review the research on effective provision and interventions for learners with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Examine the legislation and guidance on social, emotional and mental health difficulties and understand how these can really help to contextualise a learner’s needs.
  • Discuss with your colleagues aspects of the learning environment and provision in your setting that support pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Develop a presentation for staff demonstrating your findings – drawn from published research and the perspectives of your staff colleagues.
  • Initiate a systemic review of the interventions and provision within your setting.

Strand three: Developing a holistic framework to identify the needs of learners in your setting

  • Develop an evidence-based holistic framework that allows you to assess the needs and most appropriate interventions for vulnerable learners with social, emotional and mental health difficulties in your setting.
  • Share it with your tutor and use it in consultation with a workplace colleague in your setting to support your understanding of the needs of an individual learner.
  • Learn how to confidently lead consultations with your colleagues using the social, emotional and mental health difficulties holistic framework to generate a holistic understanding of the background, current context and presenting needs of a learner.
  • Lead on planning for appropriate interventions and provisions in your setting.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Critical analysis one: Write a piece on the historical perspective of social, emotional and mental health difficulties and the implications for practice and provision (3,000 words).
  • Critical analysis two: Produce an essay on the relationships between your setting and government guidance, legislation and recent research (3,000 words).

Where indicated by your tutor, you may submit multimedia resources that you have produced within your applied practice as part of your final portfolio of evidence.

How is the module delivered?

  • You will develop your professional knowledge and understanding through practice – it’s the best way to learn.
  • Campus OnlineTM will support you with content that complements your learning every step of the way.
  • Study with some of the finest practitioners around and engage with outstanding content and practical activities that truly enhance your professional development.

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of this module if you work in an education setting with children, young people or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances:

  • Single payment of £1,300 + VAT.
  • Three monthly instalments of £458 + VAT.
  • Ten monthly instalments of £142 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May and September.

Book and enrol before 15 May to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.


‘Do this course… it gives you a great overview of SEMH and the opportunity to develop your knowledge and make an impact for young people in all settings.’ Teresa Deverick 

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