Cedar - SEMH Unit 2020 - 2021
Cedar is a specialist SEMH Provision for children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). It is run my experienced teacher and support staff who have a wide range of experience working with pupils with SEMH needs.
Our environment includes a large classroom split into two zones, a fully equipped sensory room and two breakout spaces. We also have a newly refurbished outdoor area that is used all year round. In addition to our Cedar environment, we also have access to Boundary’s Forest School which we use regularly.
All of our pupils have access to specialists including regular access to an educational psychologist, speech and language specialists and a counselling service.
We lead a wide range of interventions that include anger management, speech and language programmes, zones of regulation curriculum, Lego Therapy, play therapy, resilience building, self-regulation, mindfulness and growth mindset.
We have a clear behaviour hierarchy to support pupils to make positive behaviour choices. When talking about behaviour, we always refer to the Cedar Qualities; caring, effort, development, ambition and resilience. These are key characteristics that we encourage all pupils to show.
All pupils who attend Cedar are part of the wider Boundary family. Where appropriate, we participate in whole school events such as weekly assemblies, word book day, charity and fundraising events, school fairs etc.
Pupils need to be encouraged to make ‘good choices’ and to manage their own behaviour whilst feeling good for doing so. Pupils are encouraged to develop and use positive behaviours because they feel and know it is right, rather than doing so for a reward.
We aim to develop a consistent approach to behaviour management, rewards and sanctions in order to foster ‘success every day’ for all of our pupils.
We also strongly believe in the six principles of nurture and these underpin what we do. The six principles of nurture are:
- Children’s learning is understood developmentally
- The classroom offers a safe base
- The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
- Language is a vital means of communication
- All behaviour is communication
- The importance of transition in children’s lives