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Supporting refugee children in your school

16 May 2018

Refugee children are among the most vulnerable in our schools and can face a range of challenges. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


Safeguarding changes: Will they make a difference?

2 May 2018

Schools are on the front-line when it comes to safeguarding our children. With government guidance currently being overhauled after the Children and Social Work Act, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what schools should be aware of


How to talk to troubled students

2 May 2018

It can be daunting when a troubled student chooses to disclose to you. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises how to talk so that young people who need your help will listen


Tackling LGBT bullying

2 May 2018

Almost half of all LGBT pupils face abuse at school simply because they are LGBT. Stonewall’s Sam Hardwick looks at what we can do and signposts a range of resources


Vulnerable students: The power of the great outdoors

25 April 2018

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils


Bereavement: Learning about loss

18 April 2018

Bereavement is a sensitive area for teachers and schools to tackle, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Ahead of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Alison Penny offers her advice


The seven myths of PSHE education

18 April 2018

With an increasing focus on the role of PSHE education in preparing young people for today’s world, the PSHE Association’s Jenny Barksfield dispels seven commonly found myths about this crucial subject



PSHE & RSE: The impact of porn on the young

28 February 2018

The impact that pornography has on the lives of young people – in particular their knowledge, beliefs and expectations about sex, gender and intimate relationships – is becoming alarmingly clear. Stephanie Enson explores the issue and discusses preventative strategies


The Stella Project: Supporting vulnerable learners

28 February 2018

The Stella Project has been working with professionals to provide mental health training in order to better support vulnerable learners. Clare Stafford explains more about the legacy the year-long project hopes to leave


Exclusion in education: Why exclude?

28 February 2018

Exclusion can sometimes be a necessary last resort, but increasingly the evidence is pointing to many ‘offenders’ for whom this solution is just not appropriate. Karen Sullivan explains


Bullying versus ‘banter’...

28 February 2018

When does playful ‘joshing’ turn into something hurtful? And when does that become bullying? As planning begins for Anti-Bullying Week 2018, Martha Evans considers how teachers can tell the difference


Self-harm: What not to do

7 February 2018

Mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises teachers and school staff on what not to do if they are worried that a child is self-harming or if a student discloses to them




Talking about disfigurement

17 January 2018

How should we talk about disfigurement in the classroom? Dr Jane Frances and Alexis Camble from the charity Changing Faces offer advice on how to ensure our schools are inclusive


LGBT History Month

17 January 2018

LGBT History Month in February is a time to celebrate difference and acceptance in all its forms. Adele Bates considers why we have it and suggests some age-appropriate ideas and resources


Safer Internet Day: February 6, 2018

3 January 2018

Talking about online safety is a vital part of helping children to stay safe in the world today. Hannah Broadbent looks ahead to this year’s Safer Internet Day on February 6


Are you ready for statutory RSE?

6 December 2017

Is your school preparing its PSHE provision for statutory relationships and sex education? With draft updated statutory guidance soon to be published, Jenny Barksfield offers practical advice and signposts a range of resources


Online safety resources for schools and families

6 December 2017

The UK Safer Internet Centre and the charities that lead its work offer a wealth of advice, support and resources to schools and families about how to keep children safe online. Susie Hargreaves explains more


Supply teaching: A safeguarding update

6 December 2017

With an eye on the supply teacher's role, Helen Frostick offers education professionals a safeguarding update, including advice about the questions you should be asking your placement schools



Creating an anti-bullying culture

8 November 2017

As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, what can schools do to prevent bullying among their pupils? Rebecca Oram looks at some practices to take on board


Mental health: Six steps to sustainable recovery

1 November 2017

We can sometimes be too quick to think that a young person is recovered from a mental health problem. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers six steps to supporting sustainable recovery from mental health issues


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