Pupil wellbeing

Helping students to handle exam stress

20 March 2019

Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams


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



Mental health workshops for parents

6 February 2019

Many schools run wellbeing or mental health workshops for parents to help support children and families. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers her tips for organising effective and engaging events


Compassion in the classroom

6 February 2019

A compassionate approach can improve mental wellbeing, promote prosocial behaviour and underpin ethical and moral development according to Dr Mary Welford. Emma Lee-Potter finds out more


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...


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



Handling incidents of sexual assault in schools

16 January 2019

Preventing and responding to incidents of child-on-child sexual assault is a key part of safeguarding in the school environment. Emma Banister Dean offers a practical guide for schools and parents


Domestic abuse: Spotting signs & training teachers

16 January 2019

One in five secondary-aged children have been exposed to domestic abuse and around 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse. Dr Julie Leoni looks at what schools can do to spot the signs, support victims and train their teachers


Vulnerable pupils: When students cannot relate…

16 January 2019

Continuing his series offering practical solutions to common difficulties experienced by vulnerable pupils, Daniel Sobel looks at the varying ‘relating’ challenges we might encounter



Three steps to tackle bullying

9 January 2019

A whole-school and a whole-year approach to bullying is essential. Nicola Murray looks at three factors for success that the free All Together anti-bullying programme has identified as being crucial



Five Christmas tips for the anxious

5 December 2018

Christmas can be a difficult time for those suffering with mental health difficulties, especially anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers five ideas for managing Christmas


The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school

28 November 2018

The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school can often be poor, yet this is also an area in which small changes can have a profound impact. Lauren Weller explains


Tackling cyber-bullying

21 November 2018

Understanding the nature of cyber-bullying and what can be done to support pupils is a vital part of safeguarding practice. Drawing on her research, Dr Lucy Betts has created resources to support schools


Vulnerable pupils: Poverty and mental health

14 November 2018

There are clear links between poverty and mental health and wellbeing. Clare Stafford continues her series on vulnerable learners with a focus on how schools can mitigate the impact of poverty


The therapeutic teacher

14 November 2018

Continuing her series, expert Shahana Knight advises schools on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy-to-implement and cost-effective activities. Here she focuses on therapeutic teaching skills

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