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Learning lessons from Auschwitz

21 June 2017

Since 2006, the Lessons from Auschwitz programme has seen more than 30,000 students visit the notorious Nazi death camp. In May, John Galloway joined the latest group of students and teachers travelling to Auschwitz-Birkenau



Activities to tackle hate speech

7 June 2017

Sadly, cyber-bullying and online hate speech is now a part of modern online life, especially on social media. Mark Walker describes some activities that we can use with students to tackle potential problems and raise awareness



Spotting the signs of domestic slavery

17 May 2017

Modern slavery is a growing problem in the UK and schools can play a part in spotting the signs and raising awareness. Phil Knight explains how



Mental health: The challenges facing schools

17 May 2017

With CAMHS under pressure and mental health problems rising, schools are working in difficult times. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the challenge facing teachers and asks how we can assess the efficacy of school-based interventions on mental health


Spotting the early signs of abuse

3 May 2017

Most schools are clear about those signs of abuse and neglect that should lead to a referral. But what about those subtle first warning signs that something needs further investigation? NICE has released draft guidance to help schools and others know what these are. Suzanne O’Connell takes a look


Five great ways to promote wellbeing

3 May 2017

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – May 8 to 14 – is a good excuse to focus on how you promote emotional wellbeing. Teresa Day discusses the Five Ways to Wellbeing Framework


Case study: Working closely with your PRU

3 May 2017

Close working between secondary schools and local PRUs can have a big impact on exclusion rates – something which has been demonstrated recently in Bristol. Aileen Morrison, head of St Matthias Park, discusses how better relationships and a focus on working together is achieving success


Safeguarding: Child-on-child sexual abuse

26 April 2017

There has been a shocking rise in the number of child-on-child sexual offences being reported. Jaine Stannard looks at why this is and advises school-based professionals on their role in tackling the issues


Can we teach optimism?

26 April 2017

Following last week’s article on coping with today’s 24/7 news cycle, Dr Stephanie Thornton continues her discussion on optimism – can we (and should we try to) ‘teach’ this in schools?


Developing a mentoring programme

29 March 2017

Mentoring is a popular intervention in schools. Stephanie George looks at mentoring as an intervention and asks what we mean by effective mentoring practice


Five ideas to support good mental health in your school

15 March 2017

What are the 12 reasons why more young people are suffering from poor mental health, and what are five things schools might do about this? John Tomsett, a headteacher and author of a new book on the issue, advises


Anxiety: When to worry and what to do

15 March 2017

Many students seem to be struggling with anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith discusses how to recognise which students need support and what you can most helpfully do


Looked-after students and Attachment Disorder

8 March 2017

Looked-after students continue to struggle in our education system. Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at why this is, including a focus on Attachment Theory and how we might reduce the high number of exclusions for this cohort


Safeguarding and the law

1 February 2017

From radicalisation to female genital mutilation – are your staff up-to-date on their safeguarding duties and will they know what to do if they suspect abuse? Safeguarding specialist Sam Preston offers her advice


Mental health: Asking the right questions...

1 February 2017

Tackling mental health problems does not have to mean expensive new products or interventions. Perhaps we just need to ask more questions, says Dr Pooky Knightsmith


Teen anxiety: Getting back control

1 February 2017

With recent research suggesting that many teens don’t feel in control of their lives, Karen Sullivan continues her discussion on what role schools can play to reverse this trend


Creating male role-models

25 January 2017

For many pupils, having a positive male role-model in their lives can make a big difference to outcomes. Kim Jones suggests hosting workshops to give your fathers a chance to engage with their children and the school community


Generation no hope? Tackling students' anxiety

18 January 2017

From Brexit to Trump and the economy to school life, research suggests young people are under pressure and anxious about the future. Karen Sullivan asks how we can help them


SRE: Meeting students’ needs

11 January 2017

Young people know what they want from sex and relationships education – and that’s a good place to start, explains the Sex Education Forum’s Lisa Hallgarten



Case study: Supporting Roma students

30 November 2016

Firth Park Academy has seen a notable increase in the number of Roma pupils during the past five years, sparking concerted efforts to engage with and motivate this cohort of children. Ian Comfort explains


PSHE: Feeling good – saying no!

30 November 2016

Rounding off her series on abuse in teen relationships, Karen Sullivan looks at what we can do to empower students to spot the warning signs and to have the confidence to say ‘no’

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