The national association is available to all SEMH school leaders.


  • Primary Objectives:
    • provide peer support for leaders of schools for pupils experiencing SEMH needs.
    • to promote the sharing of good practice in order to improve the education and welfare of pupils.
    • to influence policy and practice by providing a collective voice and representing the views of SEMH school leaders locally, regionally and nationally.

engage in their future niche is to:

  • Specifically support SEMH school leaders in education, most of whom are school Head Teachers / Principals.
  • The School Leader’s role in our context, is seen as:
    • helping children experiencing SEMH to achieve in education at the highest level helping children to improve their social skills in order to be able to make the transition forward into society.
  • Through all School Leaders learning from each other, we can bring up the standards of all SEMH schools and therefore improve the welfare of pupils. engage in their future is the effective association which allows for this to take place.
  • engage in their future are keen to develop practice and policy in a child centred way in terms of what works well.
  • engage in their future is a network of professionals who, between them, are likely to have the answer to any child or staffing related issue.
  • Through their specialist expertise in SEMH, engage in their future aim is to also work with the Government to identify behaviour models that work in SEMH schools that could be transferable into mainstream and support raising standards and achievements. This also supports the Governments inclusion agenda plus Every Child Matters (ECM) initiative (Be healthy, Stay safe, Make a positive contribution, Enjoy and achieve, Economic wellbeing). This is an area of vital importance to our members.

When appropriate, engage in their future works with other associations supporting SEMH in order to express a collective SEMH voice.