Education, Health and Care Plan

Find out how Pearson Assessment can support the implementation of the Education, Health and Care Plan in your setting with assessments, interventions and CPD resources.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)

1 in 10 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem, and increasingly schools and colleges are asking for more help and training in how to best support children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.4

For children experiencing difficulty in these areas it can be a distressing and difficult time, especially when a need is unidentified or unmet. Our tools can help you spot where children may be experiencing difficulties and give you the resources to help you work together to plan strategies that can help them engage in life and education. 


Social and emotional skills 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs is an area of need that encompasses Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or Attachment Disorder. In the 2015 changes the previous code of ‘Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD)’ was removed; although SEMH should not be a direct replacement.5

Our assessments' portfolio includes measures including the Social Skills Improvement System (SSiS) and Conners, Third Edition which can help you identify where children and young people may be struggling be that in social skills or co-morbid disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder (see Conners - 3). The new family of tools that comprises the Behavior Assessment System for Children, Third Edition offers comprehensive screening, assessment and intervention programs that highlight behavioural issues and creates those important links to next steps.


Mental Health

For SENCOs looking to support children and young people with mental health issues the bestselling Beck Youth Inventories, enables you to evaluate child and adolescent emotional and social impairment and tools such as the Self Image Profiles (SIP) and SIP-Adult can assist you in looking at self-esteem and self-image. 

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5 5/2015: Special educational needs in England: January 2015, issued 23 July 2015,


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