Pastoral issues

Supporting students who stammer

10 July 2019

Stammering can have an adverse effect on a student’s confidence and ability to thrive in school. Teacher Abed Ahmed gives us an insight into what it is like to live and teach with a stammer – and offers some advice for supporting students


Self-harm: How teachers should respond

3 July 2019

A guide from the University of Oxford and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust offers practical ways in which schools and school staff can support young people at risk from self-harm


Getting transition right for vulnerable pupils

20 June 2019

We all know that transition to year 7 can lead to a dip in student outcomes. Daniel Sobel speaks to Jez Piper about how we can get transition right, particularly for our most vulnerable pupils



Promoting summer holiday wellbeing

12 June 2019

The long summer break can be challenging for students facing mental health or emotional wellbeing issues. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at how we can help students to prepare


Supporting students with medical needs

5 June 2019

Many schools work hard to make the best provision they can for students with medical needs, but it is not always easy. Jackie Wheatley highlights key areas of best practice, considers some of the legal requirements placed on schools, and offers her advice


RSE: Preparing for September 2020

5 June 2019

The introduction of statutory relationships and sex education is drawing closer. Anna Cole looks at the aspects that might prove most controversial – or tricky – for school leaders



LGBT within high-quality RSE

8 May 2019

What can schools do to make LGBT-inclusive approaches central to high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education for all pupils. Lucy Emmerson offers some guidance


GCSEs: A healthy approach

8 May 2019

Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period


Case study: Introducing a restorative behaviour system

30 April 2019

Co-regulation is an important step in teaching self-regulation, yet most punitive behaviour systems miss this vital developmental stage. Katherine Cocker-Goring discusses how she helped move her school from a punitive behaviour management system to one based on restorative practices and ...




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

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