Pastoral issues

Body image and self-esteem

28 September 2016

Drawing on her research into interventions around issues including self-esteem and body image, Dr Melissa Atkinson answers questions on the best approaches and offers some practical tips


Anti-Bullying Week 2016

28 September 2016

Anti-Bullying Week gives schools a chance to engage their whole community in refreshing the approaches to tackling bullying. Lauren Seager-Smith explains


Five steps to improving PSHE

21 September 2016

Julie McCann offers school leaders and teachers some practical advice to help you ensure effective PSHE


PSHE: Relationship violence

21 September 2016

Relationship violence not only harms the victims, but also does great damage to children who witness it. And it is a growing problem among young people as well. Karen Sullivan advises


Into Film Festival 2016

21 September 2016

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 9 to 25 with more than 3,000 free screenings for schools as well as a host of workshops and other activities. Key themes this year include diversity, wellbeing and anti-bullying. Festival artistic director Sam Wilson explains more


Wellbeing research in Australia

14 September 2016

Schools in Australia are embracing pioneering research on pupil wellbeing. Janet Williamson reports on her trip to witness their approaches first-hand


Pupil wellbeing: When to worry

7 September 2016

In a new series for SecEd, mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith will be offering practical advice to school staff to help them safeguard their students' wellbeing. Her first article looks at when you should begin to worry about a student


Treading the fine line of child protection...

29 June 2016

Every day in schools, staff need to make safeguarding-related judgements about pupils and their families. But it can often be a fine line to tread and a difficult call to make. Safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian discusses how to handle these situations and offers some general advice


Case study: A smooth transition

22 June 2016

At Bedminster Down School, the transition programme offers a whole week in school for incoming year 7 pupils at the end of the summer term and is planned jointly between secondary and primary colleagues. Leanne Wilding explains



Talking about death with pupils

11 May 2016

Death is something we shy away from talking about on a personal level. Anna Feuchtwang says it is time to open up the conversation in our schools


Why are our young so stressed?

11 May 2016

Feelings of stress and anxiety among our young people are on the rise, but why? Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at what the research is telling us and considers what schools can do


Tackling the bullying of pupils with SEND

4 May 2016

Disabled students and pupils with SEN are more likely to be bullied – a hard truth that is too often overlooked. Drawing on work by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to develop effective practice to tackle this kind of bullying, Sophie Keenleyside offers some practical advice to schools


Homophobia: What do you see?

4 May 2016

How much homophobic bullying in schools do we, as teachers, actually see? A senior school leader looks at the prevalence of incidents and asks what we, as schools, can do


Preparing pupils for puberty

27 April 2016

Young people say that they are learning too little, too late to prepare them for puberty and adolescence. Anna Feuchtwang looks at how schools can get it right


Child protection: Domestic violence and abuse

16 March 2016

Domestic violence is a child protection issue that schools must be prepared for. Expert Dr Julie Leoni explains what abuse can look like, the impact on children, spotting the signs and taking action


Coming out during adolescence

16 March 2016

It is a sad fact that gay and lesbian young people still face huge challenges when they come out – not least prejudice and bullying. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at what they can face and offers schools advice


Setting limits on sexting

9 March 2016

We need to accept that sexting is here to stay, says Karen Sullivan. She looks at what teachers and parents can do to talk to young people so they understand the risks they are taking


Supporting transgender pupils

9 March 2016

Schools have legal and moral duties to support pupils who face gender identity issues or have gender dysphoria. Dr Stephanie Thornton explains and offers advice


Online safety threats facing students in 2016

9 March 2016

With Ofsted’s close focus on the online safety of your pupils, what are the key threats and risks that schools must be tackling? Online safety expert Ken Corish advises


Sexting: Tackling a growing problem

24 February 2016

Plans to stop children being prosecuted for ‘sexting’ will not make life any easier for schools trying to tackle this modern phenomenon. Karen Sullivan offers some practical advice





Building an effective peer mentoring scheme

6 January 2016

Peer-to-peer mentoring programmes can be effective in supporting students both academically and pastorally. Keir McDonald offers some pointers on making any initiative a success

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