Pastoral issues

Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages


The problem of angry girls

18 November 2015

The figures suggest that girls are becoming more violent, but what is behind this and what can be done? Karen Sullivan advises


Tackling student stress and depression

11 November 2015

Teachers are not trained mental health professionals, but schools can play a role in supporting students’ wellbeing. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the challenges and offers some ideas


Supporting Syrian refugee children who arrive in your school

4 November 2015

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion



Responding to the refugee crisis

7 October 2015

As the first refugees start to arrive in the UK, many likely to be children, Marianne Pope reflects on the implications for schools and looks at five considerations


Would your pupils ask you for help?

7 October 2015

All schools do their best to support their students pastorally, but young people can often resist attempts to help them overcome problems. Mike Boulton, James Down and Louise Boulton report on their research into this sensitive area


The Prevent Duty in schools

7 October 2015

Robin Jacobs considers the practical steps schools need to take in order to comply with their legal obligations under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.



The impact of violence and terrorism on pupils

23 September 2015

Images of death and violence are commonly relayed by the media and can have long-lasting effects on young people. Dr Stephanie Thornton gives an overview of the possible impact, suggestions on reducing fear and anxiety, and some signs to look out for


Tips for discussing child sexual exploitation

16 September 2015

Child sexual exploitation is a key challenge for schools. Caroline Bridges provides some practical advice on how we can discuss the issues around this sensitive topic with pupils


Let's talk about alcohol

2 September 2015

Alcohol education is a challenging area for schools to tackle effectively. Dorothy Lepkowska reports on an evaluation of the Talk About Alcohol intervention programme


The issue of violence in teenage relationships

2 July 2015

Violence in adolescent relationships is a growing concern for many. Expert Mark Bowles examines the evidence, prevalence, and impact of this kind of violence on young people – and looks at what schools can do to play their part in tackling the problem


Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues


Tackling homophobia: Meeting your legal duties

21 May 2015

As yet more research shows the extent of homophobic bullying suffered by students, legal expert Paul Maddock looks at schools’ legal duties and how they can tackle the issue


Self-harm: Spotting the signs and knowing how to respond

14 May 2015

Self-harm is an increasing problem among children and young people – and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers advice on spotting the signs and knowing how to respond


Finding the balance: The pastoral and the academic

19 March 2015

New ‘pastoral assistants’, a focus on extra-curricular activities and supporting students’ revision has led to excellent results at principal Jason Wing’s school. He explains some of the school’s approaches


Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.


Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.


Mental health and aggression

5 March 2015

Certain mental health conditions can lead to aggressive or violent behaviour in students. In the third of her series on mental health in schools, Dr Stephanie Thornton offers her advice.


Mental health: Spotting the signs...

5 February 2015

Continuing her series on mental health, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses how teachers and support staff on the frontline can recognise the warning signs of possible mental health issues.


The rising mental health crisis

29 January 2015

In a new series of articles, Dr Stephanie Thornton tackles the mental health crisis, with a focus on practical steps schools can take to support pupils. Here, she discusses the scale of the problems and the reasons behind them.


Making time for our mental health

4 December 2014

Thousands of teenagers took part in last month’s Make Time in November mental health campaign, supported by SecEd. We look at how one school worked with students and how the national campaign is to develop from here.


NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD

27 November 2014

Mentoring, observation, INSET and external courses will form the backbone of your CPD during your NQT year. David Weston advises on how to make the most of these opportunities.


Tackling LGBT prejudice

27 November 2014

Corelli College is a Stonewall Champion school and has worked hard to tackle homophobia and prejudice. Sharron Humphrey offers her advice to other schools.

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