Skip to content
  1. Do it online
  2. Login
  3. Have your say
  4. My Durham

SEND and Inclusion course directory - Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) courses


Find out about our Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) courses.

You can book a place for any of the courses on this page online using your Synergy account.

Please contact IT on 03000 261100 if you experience any difficulties with your Synergy account.

See individual courses for relevant contact details.

List of courses

Use the links below to view full details of each course:

Course details

Managing behaviour of concern

Description: This is a half day course for staff to have an opportunity to build on successful strategies they already use in school by reflecting on the needs of a child or children in their class and they will use a practical tool to prepare a plan to meet their needs. To support staff to increase their understanding of children's behaviour by exploring what their behaviour is trying to communicate and what factors impact on their SEMH. It will also increase their confidence when managing escalating behaviour in class.

Outcomes: 

  • To develop our understanding of SEMH and behaviour as communication.
  • To outline strategies to support SEMH behaviours in school.
  • To identify elements of good practice in relation to management of behaviour (SEMH).
  • To have the opportunity to explore what works best within your context.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and times: 18 October 2022 (9.00am - 11.30am), 15 February 2023 (9.00am - 11.30am), 23 June 2023 (9.00am - 11.30am).

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: Half a credit per person

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 267 800


Meeting the needs of children and young people with attention difficulties/ADHD

Description: A twilight session for school staff to reflect on the needs of children and young people with attention difficulties and ADHD and meeting their needs within the school context. A course to support staff in schools to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence around identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people with attention difficulties and ADHD.

Outcomes: 

  • Understand factors which may contribute to attention difficulties
  • Develop understanding of core difficulties and needs related to ADHD
  • Identify individual needs and Implement effective strategies
  • Have increased confidence in meeting the needs of children and young people with attention difficulties/ADHD.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff

Course date and time: 8 November 2022, 7 March 2023, 14 June 2023 from 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Where: Microsoft Teams (online)

Cost: There is no cost to schools for attending one of these twilight sessions

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


EMPOWER training - EMotional, POsitivity, WEllbeing & Resilience

Description: A programme facilitated over three twilight sessions that supports primary and secondary school staff to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence around identifying and meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people who are experiencing Social Emotional and Mental Health challenges.

The focus for sessions are:

  1. Developing a shared understanding for staff, parents, children and young people of factors that are contributing to and maintaining Social Emotional and Mental Health needs
  2. Resilience and emotional regulation to support positive emotional wellbeing.

Outcomes: 

  • To reflect on the underlying Social Emotional and Mental Health needs of children and young people
  • To identify Social Emotional and Mental Health outcomes to work towards
  • To implement effective approaches, strategies and support using a Cognitive Behaviour Theraputic approach
  • For staff to have increased confidence in formulating and meeting Social Emotional and Mental Health needs and working in partnership with parents and their children and young people towards positive outcomes.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: 28 September 2022, 4 October 2022, 13 October 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm (attendees must be able to attend all three sessions)

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Cost: £120 (or equivalent credits)

Cancellation terms: One week

Contact: 03000 263 333


Connecting with children

Description: This course provides training and resources for Listeners (support staff) and Co-ordinators (a member of the school management team) to understand the factors that make children vulnerable, and to safely and effectively use nurture intervention to promote wellbeing, achievement and resilience within school contexts. 

Listeners - five days of training over a two month period covering mental health, factors that impact on resilience and wellbeing, attachment and nurture, developing relationships, and the use of play based and creative activities to support communication and interaction.

Co-ordinators- two half-day sessions covering what Connecting with Children is, how it works, the role of the co-ordinator, supporting safe and effective practice, and evaluation.

Outcomes: 

  • Better understand the factors that impact on the wellbeing, achievement and resilience of children and young people.
  • Know how to support and intervene effectively with vulnerable young people using nurture informed approaches.
  • Interact more positively with young people who are difficult to engage.
  • Feel more confident in knowing how to define needs and evaluate changeover time.

Who the course is for: SENCOs, pastoral leads and school support staff

Course date and time: 

  • Listeners - 15 October 2021, 22 October 2021, 5 November 2021, 19 November 2021 and 3 December 2021 - 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Co-ordinators - 11 October 2021 and 6 December 2021 - 9.00am to 12 noon.

Where: Education Development Centre

Cost: £700 (includes Listener and Coordinator training, access to support network, and all resources). £650 per Listener trained where more than one booking made.

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Lunchtime staff training

Description: Lunch time staff provide key relationships for children in schools and successful lunchtimes can support positive engagement and learning in the classroom. The lunchtime staff will have opportunities to build on their experiences and strengths, and to develop positive practices that develop key skills in children and support conflict resolution.

For lunchtime staff to:

  • develop practical lunchtime strategies and systems to promote pro-social behaviour and problem solving
  • identify and develop their own strengths and skills, with respect to engaging young people in positive relationships through play
  • develop the use of restorative language which will support the children to develop conflict resolution skills and repair and restore respectful relationships with peers and adults

Outcomes: The training will utilise principles taken from Restorative Approaches and the Rights Respecting agenda. There will be opportunities for the staff to tailor make resources and set up strategies and systems that can be put into practice at lunch time. 

Who the course is for: Lunchtime supervisors and support staff

Course date and time: This training package can be customised to meet the needs of your school.  Integrated CoL credits can be used and you can also access this package as part of a school development Service Level Agreement (SLA).

Where: In school

Cost: £250 per session or £600 for three x 2 hour sessions in the school setting

Cancellation terms: A minimum of 1 weeks notice is required

Contact: 03000 263 333


An introduction to developing Restorative Approaches (RA) in schools

Description: This session invites school based staff to find out more about developing a Restorative Approach in their school. This session helps schools to decide if a Restorative Approach would be beneficial in their school. If so, further whole staff / school CPD is available following this introductory session.

Outline of Course:

  • Staff will find out more about using a Restorative Approach as a whole school framework to support and strengthen respectful relationships within the school community.
  • They will hear about the impact of RA in Durham schools.

Outcomes: Staff will:

  • Understand the principles of a Restorative Approach as a framework for successful conflict resolution.
  • Have increased knowledge around using a Restorative Approach in schools.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in schools who have development or management responsibility.

Course date and time: 26 September 2022, 23 January 2023 and 15 May 2023 from 4.15pm to 5.45pm

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Free (to schools for up to two staff per school)

Cancellation terms: One week minimum

Contact: 03000 263 333


Nurture groups training

Description: Nurture groups are a nationally recognised effective form of intervention and support for socially and emotionally vulnerable young people. They focus on meeting children and young people's social and emotional needs, in balance with their learning needs, within a small group environment. Nurture groups enable the positive engagement and achievement of young people who struggle to manage the demands of a larger class setting through a more personalised approach.

  • An understanding of the theory of nurture groups and how to apply this in practice.
  • The skills required to set and up and run a nurture group.
  • The support needed to develop practice sustainably over time.
  • An overview of the resources required to support good practice.

Outcomes: Outcome data from Durham schools provides evidence that nurture groups can improve wellbeing, behaviour, attendance and achievement for those accessing them. Nurture group networks are now established within County Durham to provide staff with ongoing support following the initial training.

Who the course is for: Teachers and support staff interested in establishing nurture group provision (please note that nurture groups should be run by two trained members of staff).

Course date and time: 

Staff Training: 9.00am - 4.00pm (lunch and refreshments included)

  • Session 1: 3 November 2022
  • Session 2: 15 November 2022
  • Session 3: 30 November 2022

Coordinator Training:

These sessions are for members of school management who will have oversight of the nurture provision. There will be two sessions to accompany the staff training, dates to be confirmed.

Where: Education Development Centre (subject to availability). Please note that changes may be required to dates or delivery dependent on risk assessments. Coordinator training will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Cost: £450 or 1.5 credits per person (3 days)

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Creative Writing for Wellbeing (CWFW)

Description: Creative Writing for Wellbeing is two day training opportunity for school-based staff to support young people's social and emotional literacy, whilst improving emotional resilience. It is aimed at supporting pupils who have difficulty managing uncomfortable feelings and who would benefit from an opportunity to work via metaphors in story. This provides a safe, nurturing environment to explore ways to manage difficult feelings. The intervention is suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2 and is delivered over an eight to ten week period.

Outcomes: 

  • To provide the training and materials needed to set up a small group CWFW intervention in school.
  • To improve pupil's emotional literacy through story writing.
  • To provide a range of small group activities to enhance social and emotional wellbeing.

Who the course is for: All members of school staff but particularly those who run small group interventions or have a lead responsibility for mental health and wellbeing.

Course date and time: 

Day 1:  7 October 2022,  Day 2:  25 November 2022

Day 1:  13 January 2023,  Day 2:  3 March 2023

Day 1:  21 April 2023,  Day 2:  9 June 2023

Where: To be confirmed

Cost: £300 or one credit per person

Cancellation terms: One week

Contact: 03000 267 800


Identifying and responding to the needs of children and young people who are anxious

Description: A twilight session for primary and secondary school staff to reflect on the needs of children and young people with anxiety and meeting their needs within the school context. To support staff in schools to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence around meeting the needs of children and young people who experience anxiety. This will include resources for use in schools.

Outcomes: Staff will be supported to:

  • identify individual needs.
  • plan for appropriate outcomes.
  • implement effective strategies.
  • have increased confidence in meeting the needs of children and young people who are anxious.

Who the course is for:  All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: 8 November 2022, 22 March 2023 and 20 June 2023. All sessions are from 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Free (for up to two staff per school)

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


A whole class programme for building self esteem

Description: A twilight session that provides an opportunity to develop understanding about the factors that contribute to self-esteem and how by improving self-esteem we can increase resilience and wellbeing. The session will enable staff in schools to facilitate a whole class evidenced based programme aimed at promoting and increasing the self-esteem of children and young people.

Outcomes: 

  • Reflect on the importance of positive self-esteem.
  • Implement an evidence based programme aimed at building self-esteem.
  • Have increased confidence in meeting the SEMH needs of children and young people.

Who the course is for: All KS2 and KS3 staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: 1 November 2022, 7 February 2023, 6 June 2023 - 3.45pm to 5.45pm

Where: Online

Cost: £80 (includes all resources)

Cancellation terms: Minimum of 1 weeks notice required

Contact: 03000 263 333


INSPIRE - Relaxation in the Classroom (developed by Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families)

Description: An introduction to Relaxation Training, it's background and core principles to support implementation of relaxation techniques in the classroom.

  • Sharing information around effective relaxation, focussing upon two types of relaxation exercises (which can be adapted for primary or secondary schools)- Breathing Techniques and Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR)
  • Practicing relaxation techniques
  • Considering effective implementation and addressing any barriers
  • Identifying additional resources.

Outcomes: 

  • Make use of relaxation techniques in classrooms.
  • Support children and young people to use relaxation strategies to promote positive wellbeing.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff

Course date and time: 7 November 2022, 13 March 2023, 12 June 2023 from 4.15pm to 5.45pm

Where:  Microsoft Teams (online)

Cost: £50 (includes all resources)

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Loss and Bereavement Awareness Training

Description: A twilight session for all staff working in schools to gain an awareness of the grief process, how this affects children and young people and how to support them in school. To support staff in schools to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills in supporting children who have been bereaved or experienced loss.

Outcomes: 

  • Understand how loss and bereavement can impact a child or young person.
  • Understand some of the key issues and principles in communicating about death and grief, with individual children and with the whole school community.
  • Explore how to support individuals who are have been bereaved.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff - maximum two delegates per school.

Course date and time:  24 November 2022 (3.30pm to 5.00pm), 2 February 2023 (3.30pm - 5.00pm), 16 March 2023 (3.30pm - 5.00pm)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Attachment and Trauma

Description: A twilight session for all staff working in schools to gain an awareness of attachment and trauma, understand how this can impact learning and learn strategies to support young people through a relational and trauma-informed approach. To support staff in schools to increase their knowledge of attachment theory and trauma and to use these approaches to support children in school.

Outcomes: 

  • Increase awareness of the impact of attachment and trauma and how this may affect children and young people when they are in school.
  • Promote an attachment and trauma informed approach within schools to help children to feel safe and able to learn.
  • Support children and young people who have attachment difficulties and/or have experienced trauma in their learning, social relationships and emotional well-being.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff - maximum two delegates per school

Course date and time: 29 November 2021, 14 February 2022, 23 May 2022 (Mondays from 3.45pm - 5.15pm)

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Loss and Bereavement Support and Intervention

Description: This course consists of three half sessions online or one full day at the Education Development Centre (EDC). The course helps support staff in schools to work directly with children and young people who have experienced bereavement, and to develop a comprehensive understanding of how loss and bereavement affects children and young people. It aims to give you an awareness, knowledge and understanding of loss and grief and ways of working with children and young people through theory, discussion and experiential activities. The training is designed to develop skills for you to be able to deliver early intervention when working with children and young people that have experienced loss.

Outcomes: 

  •  Explore loss, grief and bereavement.
  •   Learn about attachment theories and how they link to loss and bereavement.
  • Learn about different models and theories of grief.
  •  Discuss children and young people's developmental understanding of grief.
  •  Learn about children and young people's understanding of death and how this affects them.
  •  Explore ways of working with children and young people including those with additional needs.
  • Discuss the importance of self-care when working with children and young people who have been bereaved.

 

Who the course is for: Support staff who work in a pastoral role. Maximum two delegates per school.

Course date and times (Online): 6, 13 and 20 October 2022 - 1.30pm - 4.00pm (Primary and Secondary Schools)

Course date and times (EDC): 1 December 2022, 9 February 2023, 23 March 2023 - 9am - 4.00pm (Primary and Secondary Schools)

Where: Online and EDC

Cost: Free

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Supporting students who self-harm

Description: A twilight session for primary and secondary school staff to understand the key issues relating to self-harm, to explore underlying reasons for self-harm, how to respond to disclosures and to plan appropriate ongoing support for the student. To support staff in schools to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills in responding to incidents of self-harm and understand the positive impact that staff can make in school.

Outcomes: 

  • Increase their understanding of self-harm and confidence in approaching this issue.
  • Respond effectively to disclosures of self-harm.
  • Consider how to support students in the school setting.
  • Manage risk and work effectively with other services.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.. Maximum 2 delegates per school.

Course date and time: 3 March 2022 (Secondary), 19 May 2022 (Primary), 30 June 2022 (Secondary).  All sessions run from 3.45pm - 5.00pm

Where: Online

Cost: Free

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Helping young people deal with their worries using a practical, evidence-based approach

Description: This half day course will give staff practical and evidence-based strategies to use with young people to break the cycle of worry and anxiety. We will look at anxiety about a specific situation and also more general worries that young people may have. There will be a range of CBT-based resources to encourage young people to face their fears and learn to contain their everyday worries. To understand the causes of anxiety and worry in young people and what keeps the cycle going. It will increase staff confidence in finding ways to break this cycle so that young people can manage their worries and anxieties on their own.

Outcomes: 

  • To develop an understanding of anxiety in children and young people.
  • To understand how to use CBT based techniques to manage anxiety and worries.
  • To have the resources to help children and young people cope with anxieties and worries.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: 3 October 2022 (EDC), 10 February 2023 (Online) and 16 June 2023 (EDC), 9.30am - 11am

Where: Education Development Centre (EDC)

Cost: £150 or 1/2 Credit

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 267 800


Developing a whole school approach to staff wellbeing and resilience

Description: A twilight session for primary and secondary school staff, jointly developed and co-facilitated by colleagues from across Education and CAMHS, to reflect on staff wellbeing/resilience and consider ways in which it may be protected and promoted. To support school communities to develop thinking and practice in relation to staff wellbeing and resilience, in light of relevant theory and research.

Outcomes: 

  • Develop thinking around the terms wellbeing and resilience, particularly as they relate to school staff.
  • Consider relevant theory and research into staff wellbeing/resilience and ways in which they may be protected and promoted.
  • Develop a layered response for supporting staff wellbeing that includes: self-care, whole school approaches, professional/peer supervision, and signposting to specialist agencies (e.g. counselling).

Who the course is for: All members of school staff but particularly those with leadership roles and/or lead responsibility for mental health and wellbeing.

Course date and time: 12 October 2022, 15 March 2023, 24 May 2023, 3.45pm - 5.15pm via Microsoft Teams

Where: Delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams

Cost: Free (maximum of 2 places per school, per session)

Cancellation terms: None

Contact: 03000 263 333


Nurturing staff wellbeing and emotional resilience

Description: Staff will have an opportunity to reflect on their own emotional resilience and how it may impact on their ability to respond to stressful or unexpected situations and crises. Together, staff will discuss and reflect on a number of scenarios that may affect their emotional wellbeing in school. They will also have the opportunity to work through a wellbeing action plan. To support staff to recognise the importance of their own emotional resilience and wellbeing in relation to working with children. The training will provide an opportunity for staff to reflect on current practices within their own setting and to explore ways to improve staff wellbeing in school.

Outcomes: 

  • To recognise your own emotional resilience in relation to working with children.
  • To identify times in school when you need emotional resilience.
  • To explore ways to improve staff wellbeing within school.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school, including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: To be requested by schools

Where: In school

Cost: COL credits or individual SLA

Cancellation terms: None 

Contact: 03000 267 800


An introduction to Emotional Regulation and Zones of Regulation

Description: This course is for staff to develop their understanding of emotional regulation and to develop strategies to promote self-regulation with their pupils. They will develop an understanding of the Zones of Regulation and have examples and strategies of how to implement the techniques to support self-regulation.  This course will support staff to increase their understanding of emotional regulation, including why it's important and how to support self-regulation. It will introduce the framework "Zones of Regulation" to support regulation with pupils within their own setting.

Outcomes: 

  • To have an understanding of emotional regulation and why it is important for young people
  • To be able to use the "Zones of Regulation" framework to support self- regulation.

Who the course is for: All staff working with children and young people in school, including SENCOs, teachers and support staff.

Course date and time: 5 October 2022, 7 March 2023 and 17 May 2023, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Where: Online

Cost: £75

Cancellation terms: None 

Contact: 03000 267 800