Decoding Behaviour: Understanding, Addressing & Fostering Positive Responses to Supporting SEMH

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Decoding Behaviour: Understanding, Addressing & Fostering Positive Responses to Supporting Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) led by Kay Hamilton & Kate Browning

This session is brought to you by Gateway Alliance, working in partnership with the East Midlands Academy Trust.


Are you eager to gain a deeper understanding of challenging behaviour and enhance your knowledge of social, emotional, and mental health?

In this session, we will clarify the intricate connections between emotions and relationships, highlighting how our emotional experiences shape interactions with others. Through practical techniques, we’ll equip SENDCo’s and pastoral leads with the skills to spot non-problem-solving behaviour effectively, addressing underlying issues or unmet needs. Additionally, we’ll offer insights into the neuroscience behind behaviour.

Furthermore, we’ll practice a relational approach to meeting children where they and develop our skills in this area. We will explore keyways to support children, providing practical strategies and top tips for promoting resilience-building behaviours and attitudes.

Throughout the session, there will be opportunities for group discussion and questions to enhance understanding and application of the material presented.

In our final session we will take a strategic view by examining the graduated approach, identifying strengths, addressing gaps, and maximizing opportunities for positive outcomes.

Join us on this enlightening journey to empower yourself with the tools and knowledge to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

DATE: Wednesday 27th November 2024

TIME: 09:30-15:30 – including LUNCH

VENUE: East Midlands Academy Trust, Pyramus House, Roman Way, Grange Park, Northampton, NN4 5EA

COST: £230 £99 per person – SPECIAL OFFER



If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Kay Hamilton is Programme Manager at Gateway Alliance. Prior to this Kay supported and advised schools nationally and internationally as a childhood and adolescent trainer in trauma informed approaches to mental health and wellbeing. Kay has 24 years’ experience in education, as a SENCo, specialist behaviour teacher for the LA, Science Subject Lead, Deputy Head and Headteacher. She has supported schools as a Consultant for SEMH, is a Mental Health First Aider, Designated Safeguarding Lead and long-standing Governor of a Primary PRU.



Kate Browning is the Gateway Alliance SENCo Network Leader and is a well-regarded lead professional both locally and nationally in school improvement for children and young people with SEND. She has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, SENCo, Local Authority School Improvement Officer for SEN and interim Education Development Officer for NASEN, where she supported the delivery of nationwide training on the SEND Code of Practice with the DfE.

Kate now works with Teaching Schools, MATs, Local Authorities and individual schools to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND across the primary and secondary phase. She teaches the National Award for SEN Coordination and facilitates a number of SENCo Networks across the midlands. She is a lecturer for the University of Warwick PGCE programme and has delivered key note speeches and seminars at many conferences and events both nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Consultant for NASEN, an expert advisor for The Key and Chair of Governors of a large junior school.

Gateway Alliance are delighted to be working in partnership with the East Midlands Academy Trust (EMAT) to offer a number of high quality professional development opportunities to schools in Northamptonshire, Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Gateway have been supporting the training and development of school staff since 2012. We work with more than 500 schools and offer over 150 courses, programmes and networks each year.

EMAT is driven by a strong moral purpose that every child has the right to outstanding teaching and leadership. The Trust set high expectations for their leaders and teachers to support and stretch every child to ensure they reach their full potential, and their in-house EMAT Training Hub is a centre for learning and professional development for their #EMATters family of staff.

Gateway and EMAT share a passion for the transformative power of professional learning and by working together are committed to supporting schools to access the very best, evidence-informed professional development opportunities in order to have an impact on outcomes for children across the locality.

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