Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour


Are you ready for sports day?

11 June 2015

When preparing for sports day, there are eight key aspects that schools must consider. Marianne Pope explains


Are your pupils cyber-bullying aware?

4 June 2015

New research suggests that many young people simply do not think that cyber-bullying will happen to them. The issue was under discussion at the British Psychological Society annual conference. Psychologist Dr Nicola Davies reports


Whole-school mental health strategies

21 May 2015

Safeguarding the mental health of our young people is one of the key challenges facing society today. Daniel Sobel discusses the role of schools in managing mental health issues and offers his practical advice.


Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues


Tackling homophobia: Meeting your legal duties

21 May 2015

As yet more research shows the extent of homophobic bullying suffered by students, legal expert Paul Maddock looks at schools’ legal duties and how they can tackle the issue


Self-harm: Spotting the signs and knowing how to respond

14 May 2015

Self-harm is an increasing problem among children and young people – and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers advice on spotting the signs and knowing how to respond


Mental health: When times are tough

7 May 2015

Much has been said about the mental health crisis facing our nation’s young people, with schools having a key role to play. In the final article of this series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers how we can best offer help to a troubled teenager


Strategies to tackle behaviour and attendance

7 May 2015

How can pastoral leaders support pupil progress? Focusing on tackling behaviour and absence issues, school leader Osman Stackhouse reports on some of the pastoral strategies he has used successfully


Drug and alcohol abuse among students

30 April 2015

Continuing her series on young people’s mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at issues surrounding substance abuse and how schools can help.


Restorative practice in schools

23 April 2015

School leader Andy Williams explains what restorative practice entails and what benefits it has brought to his school.





Finding the balance: The pastoral and the academic

19 March 2015

New ‘pastoral assistants’, a focus on extra-curricular activities and supporting students’ revision has led to excellent results at principal Jason Wing’s school. He explains some of the school’s approaches



Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.


Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.


Tackling homophobia in school

5 March 2015

The 10th annual LGBT History Month has just come to an end. Alex Newton, from charity Stonewall, offers secondary schools some best practice advice for tackling homophobia and celebrating difference.


Mental health and aggression

5 March 2015

Certain mental health conditions can lead to aggressive or violent behaviour in students. In the third of her series on mental health in schools, Dr Stephanie Thornton offers her advice.


Driving school food take-up

26 February 2015

Jo Wild reports on a government-funded project offering support to boost school meal take-up.


Mental health: Spotting the signs...

5 February 2015

Continuing her series on mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses how teachers and support staff on the frontline can recognise the warning signs of possible mental health issues.


Legal options for tackling social media abuse

5 February 2015

Last week, SecEd looked at practical steps teachers and schools can take to stay safe online. Here, experts Andrew McGregor and Paul Maddock look at what legal recourse schools have when tackling social media abuse.


The rising mental health crisis

29 January 2015

In a new series of articles, Dr Stephanie Thornton tackles the mental health crisis, with a focus on practical steps schools can take to support pupils. Here, she discusses the scale of the problems and the reasons behind them.


Ten tips to reduce workload

29 January 2015

Kate Lewis offers 10 ideas on how teachers can use technology to help keep their workload in check.

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