Pastoral issues


Three pastoral challenges: What would you do?

9 April 2019

Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel outlines three common pastoral challenges that he comes across in schools and discusses how he would approach each situation in order to achieve positive outcomes



Creating an anti-bullying culture

20 March 2019

The key to preventing and dealing with bullying – and stopping the self-exclusion of victims – is having a strong school community. Steve Burnage looks at practical measures to achieve this...


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



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...


The rising tide of sensory troubles: An overview (part 1)

23 January 2019

In a three-part series for SecEd, inclusion specialist Joanna Grace addresses the sensory challenges that many pupils face, the resulting behaviours we may see in schools, and how teachers should handle these problems


Talking to pupils about knife crime

23 January 2019

In the final part of her series on the knife crime epidemic among young people, Karen Sullivan proffers some solutions for society and looks at the role of schools



Domestic abuse: Spotting signs & training teachers

16 January 2019

One in five secondary-aged children have been exposed to domestic abuse and around 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse. Dr Julie Leoni looks at what schools can do to spot the signs, support victims and train their teachers


Three steps to tackle bullying

9 January 2019

A whole-school and a whole-year approach to bullying is essential. Nicola Murray looks at three factors for success that the free All Together anti-bullying programme has identified as being crucial


SLCN: A difficulty in understanding?

28 November 2018

Continuing his SecEd series, Daniel Sobel describes a common intervention scenario that he sees in schools and which often goes wrong because we don’t spot the student’s primary need


The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school

28 November 2018

The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school can often be poor, yet this is also an area in which small changes can have a profound impact. Lauren Weller explains


Tackling cyber-bullying

21 November 2018

Understanding the nature of cyber-bullying and what can be done to support pupils is a vital part of safeguarding practice. Drawing on her research, Dr Lucy Betts has created resources to support schools


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



Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choosing respect

17 October 2018

How can we use discussions about respectful disagreement to help stop bullying? Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week, Martha Evans considers how schools can support children to ‘Choose Respect’




Behaviour: Rules vs expectations

10 October 2018

Rules are necessary in games, but in relationships they are counterproductive. Headteacher Ryan Kilby explains why traditional approaches to behaviour can never be inclusive

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