Mental health

Mental health: Stamp Out Stigma...

20 March 2019

Students at Hendon School have organised and run their own mental health conference for the past three years. Emma Lee-Potter hears about their work to Stamp Out Stigma and raise awareness about mental health



Therapeutic schools: Some quick ideas to support wellbeing

13 March 2019

With the many challenges young people face to their mental health, Shahana Knight says that the age of the therapeutic school is here. She looks at how we might change common areas of practice to better support wellbeing


Trauma-informed practice in schools

6 March 2019

The symptoms of ADHD, autism and other common child diagnoses often match those of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Dr Margot Sunderland explains why schools must become trauma-informed


Poverty-proofing the school day

27 February 2019

The one place where it can be particularly miserable to be poor is in school. The Poverty Proofing the School Day initiative seeks to help schools identify and tackle the many financial barriers that prevent pupils from fully partaking in school life. Emma Lee-Potter explains


Supporting vulnerable learners: Aspiration & wellbeing

27 February 2019

The statistics tell us that Black African Caribbean children face many barriers to their education and wellbeing. Continuing her series, Clare Stafford looks at the challenges and what schools might be able to do to tackle these barriers


Mental health workshops for parents

6 February 2019

Many schools run wellbeing or mental health workshops for parents to help support children and families. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers her tips for organising effective and engaging events


Case study: Putting mental wellbeing on a par with physical health

30 January 2019

A pilot in Greater Manchester is involving a high number of schools in helping to put mental health on a par with physical health. One of the people behind the project, Lisa Fathers, explains more and looks at why we need to practise what we preach when it comes to mental health...




Five Christmas tips for the anxious

5 December 2018

Christmas can be a difficult time for those suffering with mental health difficulties, especially anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers five ideas for managing Christmas


Vulnerable pupils: Poverty and mental health

14 November 2018

There are clear links between poverty and mental health and wellbeing. Clare Stafford continues her series on vulnerable learners with a focus on how schools can mitigate the impact of poverty


The therapeutic teacher

14 November 2018

Continuing her series, expert Shahana Knight advises schools on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy-to-implement and cost-effective activities. Here she focuses on therapeutic teaching skills






Ideas for mindfulness in schools

10 October 2018

Yoga and mindfulness is one approach that might help schools to support the mental and emotional resilience of their pupils and staff. Advocate and expert Jyoti Jo Manuel offers some ideas


Parent-school meetings: Ensuring successful outcomes

3 October 2018

In SecEd this year, Daniel Sobel will be tackling common problems and questions when it comes to supporting vulnerable pupils in school. In his first article, he looks at the challenges and secrets to successful parent-school meetings


Staff wellbeing: Secondary traumatic stress

3 October 2018

Secondary trauma occurs when the act of supporting a traumatised young person becomes traumatic in itself – and it is a danger teachers should be aware of. Darren Martindale advises


Creating a therapeutic school: Some quick ideas

3 October 2018

In a new series, expert Shahana Knight advises on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy whole-school and classroom-specific ideas and activities


The underlying causes of challenging behaviour

26 September 2018

Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks expert advice on supporting students who regularly demonstrate challenging behaviour


Creating a therapeutic school

19 September 2018

How can you create a therapeutic and calming environment that cultivates learning? Play therapist Shahana Knight offers her advice, including five suggestions to get started


Wellbeing: Faulty thinking patterns

12 September 2018

Faulty thinking patterns can present a real threat to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at recognising and responding to these ‘cognitive distortions’


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer

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