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A whole school approach to SEMH assessments – SDQ Framework

2 hours

Explore how to use emotional assessments to influence interventions, strategies, and a whole school approach to supporting students' social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

You will learn:

  • The importance of understanding data when creating a mental health strategy
  • How to use SDQ (Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire) as a baseline assessment tool.
  • How to interpret the results of SDQ and implement plans to support children and young people.
  • How to transform your setting's culture to embrace emotional and mental health assessments.
  • How you can develop a whole school approach to SEMH using the results from SDQ and other emotional assessments.
  • Insights available from CORDS's digital assessment solution


  1. You're empowered to use SDQ to assess, identify early interventions, set targets and track progress.

  2. You'll have an approach to shifting your setting's culture designed around the social, emotional and behavioural needs of students


Effective Use of the SDQ Clinical Assessment Tool Training is available to anyone in a mental health role.

Special Requirements
  1. Please note for this course you must have a stable internet connection with a PC, laptop that has an active camera. D&T must be able to see you at all times.
  2. We recommend using a desktop/laptop computer or a tablet with a large enough screen to comfortably see the presentation and follow media materials.
  3. If a mobile/tablet device is used make sure to have the Zoom application installed.
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Claire Price – Teaching Assistant

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Claire McCormick – Parent

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Gemma Williamson – Foundation Stage Leader

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Head Teacher – Mainstream Primary School

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Clinical Psychologist

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