Pastoral issues

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






e-Safety: tackling the key threats effectively

2 December 2015

Internet safety is a crucial safeguarding issue for schools. Experts Kat Howard and Kate Brady highlight problem areas – including social media, sexting, radicalisation and grooming – and discuss the elements of whole-school best practice



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

Claim Free Subscription