Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour

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.


Can you spot a stranger on the net?

22 January 2015

Young people struggle to correctly identify exactly who they are talking to online, research has found. Professor Corinne May-Chahal looks at why this is.


Make your school meals count

15 January 2015

The government wants more pupils to opt for school meals. Jeremy Boardman from the Children’s Food Trust looks at the strategies secondary schools can use to increase take-up.


Ideas for Safer Internet Day 2015

15 January 2015

Hundreds of schools and thousands of students are expected to take part in activities around Safer Internet Day 2015. Laura Jennings previews the event.


Making time for our mental health

4 December 2014

Thousands of teenagers took part in last month’s Make Time in November mental health campaign, supported by SecEd. We look at how one school worked with students and how the national campaign is to develop from here.


More foundations of effective teaching

4 December 2014

Continuing his series on the basics of effective teaching, Matt Bromley discusses how to create good routines and habits to ensure that everyday classroom tasks run smoothly and efficiently.


NQT Special Edition: November 2014

4 December 2014

SecEd's bi-annual NQT special edition offers eight pages of best practice and advisory articles aimed at supporting NQTs and young teachers.

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