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Attachment and SEMH: Supporting our children

Pikemere School has been working to prioritise issues of Attachment as well as social, emotional and mental health challenges. Emma Lee-Potter explains how the school trains its staff and supports pupils

Like many teachers across the country, staff at one Cheshire primary school have noticed a rise in the number of children starting school without the speech and language skills they need to begin learning in the classroom.

Teachers at Pikemere School in Alsager have also observed a growing number of young children who find it difficult to leave their parents at the start of the school day.

“In the last few years we’ve been seeing more children starting school with speech and language delays,” explained Pikemere headteacher Louise Gohr. “There’s also a greater need around their emotional wellbeing in terms of being able to self-regulate and leave parents quite happily.”

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