Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) underpins educational development and learning. Without these skills there is no foundation on which to build on. When students are supported to improve their SEMH, then their academic and personal progress will follow.
Our Summit provision has been carefully designed to provide support to students to be classroom ready by way of identifying and removing barriers to learning, enabling students access to their curriculum. With SEMH being a barrier to learning our programmes promote social and emotional competency. Alongside this it increases students' resilience and supports students to present the best version of themselves.
Promoting positive mental health provides students with opportunities and support to develop self-esteem, interpersonal and social skills to make positive choices both in school and within the wider community.
All students have the right to achieve their maximum academic and social potential. Summit seeks to promote this by providing equality of access and opportunity to all areas of the curriculum. Students are taught in an environment where they receive equal respect and in which their individuality is valued.
At Meridian we believe that all students have learning differences rather than learning difficulties and it is our policy to identify and assess these differences and ensure that learning is supported and differentiated to ensure outstanding progress is made by all students.
The Summit department also offer a range of support to develop student wellbeing and resilience and the support within the classroom, this includes; drop-in sessions, 1:1 or group mentoring, external mentors, SEMH workshops, Thrive sessions, regulation and return to learning strategies, in class training and observations from the Inclusion and Behaviour Leader and specialist advice/input within the classroom.
Summit at Meridian High School provides students with a safe, calm and inclusive environment in order to support their access to mainstream education and support the students in tackling the social and emotional barriers to learning.
We have an individualised approach where each student has a personalised timetable and curriculum offer. We offer a life skills based curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4. We also provide a high level of support through specialist teachers in Summit.
Summit offers a range of SEMH programmes that includes:
• Emotional Literacy
• Conflict Resolution
• Zones of Regulation
• Thrive, Well-Being and Resilience
• Safe & Well
• Breaking Free
• 1-1 Mentoring, support & guidance
To meet the individual needs of our students we work in partnership with a range of professionals including student counsellors, bereavement counsellors, family support workers, mentors, child well-being practitioners and the Thrive approach is at the heart of everything that we do.
For those students who may have coped with challenging life experiences it is imperative that they are supported to understand that their feelings and emotions are normal and valid.
The support from the pastoral team in Summit focuses on improving the mental health and emotional well-being of our students. This is achieved by providing students with self-help resources, a safe space to discuss their emotions and access to staff who are trained to meet the individual needs of our students.