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SEMH Assistant

Job Description

We are seeking a dedicated and compassionate SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) Assistant to join our team. As an SEMH Assistant, you will work closely with students who have social, emotional, and mental health difficulties, providing support and assistance in their academic and personal development. Your role will involve implementing strategies to promote positive behavior, emotional well-being, and engagement in learning.


  • Build positive and supportive relationships with students who have SEMH needs, establishing trust and rapport.
  • Support students in their academic work, providing one-on-one or small group assistance as needed.
  • Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Behavior Plans, following strategies and interventions outlined by the Special Education Coordinator or relevant professionals.
  • Observe and monitor students' behavior, emotional states, and engagement in learning activities.
  • Promote positive behavior and social skills by modeling appropriate behavior and providing feedback and reinforcement.
  • Help create a safe and inclusive learning environment, ensuring that students feel supported and valued.
  • Collaborate with teachers, counselors, and other professionals to develop and implement effective strategies for students' social, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Document and maintain accurate records of students' progress, behaviors, and interventions.
  • Participate in relevant training and professional development activities to enhance your knowledge and skills in supporting students with SEMH needs.


  • Previous experience working with children or young people with social, emotional, and mental health difficulties is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to build effective relationships with students, staff, and parents/guardians.
  • Empathy, patience, and understanding to support students who may display challenging behaviors or emotions.
  • Ability to remain calm and composed in stressful situations and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Knowledge of strategies and interventions for supporting students with SEMH needs.
  • Understanding of relevant safeguarding and child protection procedures.
  • Flexibility to work collaboratively as part of a team and independently as required.
  • Organizational skills to manage documentation, record-keeping, and support planning.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development and a willingness to learn.