Social, Emotional & Mental Health & Behaviour Support

A good understanding of social, emotional and mental health can make a real difference to progress, achievement, attendance, behaviour and quality of life. With a good understanding of mental health needs, Breakthrough Education Support can advise on behaviour and mental health and can support staff and children to have more positive experiences within the classroom

What can we do to help?

In light of the The Green Paper (released by the Government in December 2017), regarding young people’s Mental Health, Breakthrough Education Support can offer wealth of strategies and pre-emptive work. These can be done to lay the groundwork for good mental health across schools and settings.

  • We can look at the environment of the child inside and outside of the school, medical and SEND issues, as well as interpersonal and communication skill development.
  • We can take a lead on supporting the identification, prioritising and referring of students with mental health concerns whilst putting together plans for the behaviours associated with those concerns.
  • We can offer a range of Social, Emotional and Behaviour support and bespoke support for individual children. Please request a copy of our Social, Emotional & Mental Health Support Package for further information.
  • Work with individual children & staff, drawing upon key principles from a range of therapeutic and behaviour management programmes such as Narrative Therapy, Restorative Practice, Solution Focused Approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

Support can include the following:

Whole School/Class Support

  • Provide whole class/ group behaviour management strategies
  • Provide advice on practical strategies to use with the pupil/s in a range of settings – classroom, playground, dining hall etc
  • Assist school staff with Individual Plans or Pastoral Support Plans (PSPs) for children
  • Attend and contribute to relevant Review Meetings, Personal Support Plan Meetings and Family Support Meetings (FSM).
  • Provide practical advice on how to develop a ‘Happy and Healthy’ classroom
  • Conduct consultations with staff, parents and children
  • Provide advice and support on setting up a ‘Nurturing’ group/ Boxall Nurture Group
  • Provide Behaviour E-Mentoring – 1 Hour of Email or Telephone Support

Individual/Group Support

  • Individual Behaviour Assessment including detail report with personalised and bespoke recommendations and resources
  • Small group work to help build skills in areas of behaviour management e.g. attention skills, social skills etc.
  • Delivering planned programmes of work with individuals based on need

1-1 Support could include (but is not exclusive to):

  • Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches to help manage feelings – anger/anxiety etc.
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Building resilience and self esteem
  • Building Emotional Literacy
  • Solution Focused Approaches
  • Developing social skills and social communication skills

The following areas will also be considered during assessments and where appropriate recommendations for referrals to professionals will be made:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Emotional and Mental Health difficulties


  • Summary Reports are provided for ‘Initial Advice’ assessments. They include a brief overview of involvement and a range of personalised strategies.
  • Detailed Reports are provided for ‘Full Assessments’. These include interpretation of assessment results and give conclusions and recommendations for appropriate/personalised interventions /strategies / resources to support pupils with additional need. This includes bespoke resources based on the pupils interests and strengths. These reports are particularly useful when making referrals to Paediatricians or other professionals and when making applications for EHCPs (Education Health Care Plans).