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Social, Emotional and Mental Health Bases

The Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Centres are a constituent part of the school/academy and are additionally resourced provision with smaller class sizes, higher staffing ratios and access to additionally funded specialist support.The Centres aim to provide effective support in meeting the needs of pupils with actual or emerging Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

Children attend Centres for up to four terms of support but remain on the home school roll, with home school and family engagement being critical to supporting reintegration and transition planning.

They are a critical part of Norfolk’s SEND local offer of support to children with special educational needs and their families and are funded as part of the school/academy delegated budget through Norfolk’s Specialist Resource Base programme.

SEMH Centre values

  1. To be beacons of excellence in inclusive education which is underpinned by a child centred approach and informed by an evidence-based approach
  2. To model a therapeutic evidence-based approach through building and promoting networks of good practice
  3. To promote understanding of the view that effective leadership and management at all levels is pivotal for schools to meet the needs of all children
  • To help children emotionally self-regulate within school
  • To improve children’s mental health
  • To support children with their individual needs during the SRB placement
  • To enable children to successfully return back to their mainstream school
  • To support families during the placement with access to the dedicated Family Learning Support team
  • For children to access SRB provision as close to the home as possible


  • KS1
    • St Michael’s C of E Academy, King’s Lynn
    • Arden Grove Infant School, Norwich
    • Manor Field Infant & Nursery School, Long Stratton
  • KS2
    • Wensum Junior, Norwich
    • Edith Cavell Academy & Nursery, Norwich
    • Caister Federation, Great Yarmouth
  • KS1 & KS2
    • Mundesley Infant & Junior School, Norwich


  • The SRB will offer provision on five days per week for the first term of the placement.
  • Reduced class sizes of up to 8 children with extra staffing led by a qualified teacher.
  • A return to home school will be agreed on a person-centred basis.
  • Children can attend for up to four terms on a full-time basis.
  • The home school will be supported to meet the needs of the child as part of the reintegration package.
  • Observations of children and advice prior to referral can be sought from Centre staff.
  • Prior to referral, families can visit Centres at an agreed time to explore a possible placement.
  • Supporting transition from Key Stage 1 to 2 and Key Stage 2 to 3.
  • Access to a central team of professional advisers, Educational Psychologists, a dedicated Family Learning team and other professionals.
  • Specialist interventions are available for children within the Centres following assessment.
  • Must be in KS1 and referred prior to Year 3
  • May or may not hold an Education Health & Care plan
  • Live within 45 minutes travel time by car to the SRB
  • Have assessed additional needs which appear primarily to relate to SEMH rather than being secondary to another need such as ASD
  • Must be on roll at a Norfolk mainstream school
  • The home school will have implemented Provision Expected at SEN Support 
  • May have difficulties forming relationships with adults
  • May have difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships with children in learning or play activities
  • May have significant difficulties in following class and school expectations
  • May demonstrate behaviours that have a negative impact on theirs and others achievement and progress in class
  • May demonstrate extreme emotional and behavioural response when given instructions or challenged
  • May have significant difficulties in regulating their own emotions and require support regularly to regulate their emotions
  • May have underlying Social, Emotional and mental health needs formally diagnosed by professionals
  • May experience significant difficulty in interacting positively with peers and/or adults
  • If you are considering a placement at a centre for your child, please discuss this with the SENCO at your child’s school. They will discuss with you the options that are available to support your child.
  • Parents/carers cannot refer directly to this provision. Your child’s home school will discuss with you how best to meet your child’s needs and make any referral.
  • Parents/carers can visit a Centre prior to any referral being made to explore a possible placement.
  • Parents/carers must be in full agreement with any referral.
  • As part of the admissions process, a Family Agreement will be discussed with you.
  • If a child has an EHCP Coordinator an SEMH Centre place must also be discussed with them.
  • Referrals and admissions are managed by the County Council through a county wide admissions panel, which all Centres are a part of. The panel meets on a half termly basis.
  • Parents/carers must agree to any referral being made
  • All referrals are considered at half termly admission meetings
  • Outcomes from admissions meetings will be shared with families and home schools as soon as possible
  • Parents/carers are encouraged to consider the best arrangements for their child’s home to centre journey
  • Where requested, transport will be arranged if the child meets criteria under our home to school transport policy
  • As part of the admissions process, a Family Agreement will be discussed with you

For detailed guidance aimed at school professionals visit Norfolk Schools SRB.

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