Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour

The impact of violence and terrorism on pupils

23 September 2015

Images of death and violence are commonly relayed by the media and can have long-lasting effects on young people. Dr Stephanie Thornton gives an overview of the possible impact, suggestions on reducing fear and anxiety, and some signs to look out for

Tips for discussing child sexual exploitation

16 September 2015

Child sexual exploitation is a key challenge for schools. Caroline Bridges provides some practical advice on how we can discuss the issues around this sensitive topic with pupils

Meeting the obesity challenge

16 September 2015

A recent SecEd article offering resources to help tackle obesity and educate pupils about healthy diet and lifestyle choices inspired school practitioner Kelly Rose

Let's talk about alcohol

2 September 2015

Alcohol education is a challenging area for schools to tackle effectively. Dorothy Lepkowska reports on an evaluation of the Talk About Alcohol intervention programme

The issue of violence in teenage relationships

2 July 2015

Violence in adolescent relationships is a growing concern for many. Expert Mark Bowles examines the evidence, prevalence, and impact of this kind of violence on young people – and looks at what schools can do to play their part in tackling the problem

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.

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