Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour


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.




NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD

27 November 2014

Mentoring, observation, INSET and external courses will form the backbone of your CPD during your NQT year. David Weston advises on how to make the most of these opportunities.



Tackling LGBT prejudice

27 November 2014

Corelli College is a Stonewall Champion school and has worked hard to tackle homophobia and prejudice. Sharron Humphrey offers her advice to other schools.



Discussing body confidence with students

6 November 2014

Body confidence begins with education and schools can play a crucial role. Dr Mary Bousted introduces the Be Real campaign, while Natasha Devon offers some tips for teachers.

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