Pupil wellbeing

Wellbeing: Coping with the news

19 April 2017

With terrorism, Brexit and economic troubles dominating 24/7 news, how can we help the young to be more resilient in uncertain times? Dr Stephanie Thornton advises


Developing a mentoring programme

29 March 2017

Mentoring is a popular intervention in schools. Stephanie George looks at mentoring as an intervention and asks what we mean by effective mentoring practice


Five ideas to support good mental health in your school

15 March 2017

What are the 12 reasons why more young people are suffering from poor mental health, and what are five things schools might do about this? John Tomsett, a headteacher and author of a new book on the issue, advises


Anxiety: When to worry and what to do

15 March 2017

Many students seem to be struggling with anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith discusses how to recognise which students need support and what you can most helpfully do


Looked-after students and Attachment Disorder

8 March 2017

Looked-after students continue to struggle in our education system. Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel looks at why this is, including a focus on Attachment Theory and how we might reduce the high number of exclusions for this cohort


Mental health: Asking the right questions...

1 February 2017

Tackling mental health problems does not have to mean expensive new products or interventions. Perhaps we just need to ask more questions, says Dr Pooky Knightsmith


Teen anxiety: Getting back control

1 February 2017

With recent research suggesting that many teens don’t feel in control of their lives, Karen Sullivan continues her discussion on what role schools can play to reverse this trend


Generation no hope? Tackling students' anxiety

18 January 2017

From Brexit to Trump and the economy to school life, research suggests young people are under pressure and anxious about the future. Karen Sullivan asks how we can help them


SRE: Meeting students’ needs

11 January 2017

Young people know what they want from sex and relationships education – and that’s a good place to start, explains the Sex Education Forum’s Lisa Hallgarten



Case study: Supporting Roma students

30 November 2016

Firth Park Academy has seen a notable increase in the number of Roma pupils during the past five years, sparking concerted efforts to engage with and motivate this cohort of children. Ian Comfort explains


PSHE: Feeling good – saying no!

30 November 2016

Rounding off her series on abuse in teen relationships, Karen Sullivan looks at what we can do to empower students to spot the warning signs and to have the confidence to say ‘no’


Pornography and young people: A reality check

23 November 2016

A pragmatic approach to pornography can help to prepare children and young people for better relationships, says the Sex Education Forum’s Lisa Hallgarten. She reassures PSHE teachers and signposts us to some useful resources


PSHE: No more violence

16 November 2016

Continuing her focus on relationship violence, Karen Sullivan looks at how we can begin to tackle these issues in the PSHE classroom and offers some ideas and resources


Alcohol education: Advice and resources

16 November 2016

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice


Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’



The rise of depression in our young people

9 November 2016

Research suggests that we are more depressed than ever – with our young people particularly affected. Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses why this might be and offers some advice for schools


PSHE: Tackling teenage relationship abuse

2 November 2016

?Karen Sullivan continues her focus on violence in teen relationships with a look at the hard facts of abusive relationships, the impact on young women, and what we might be able to do about it in schools


Student wellbeing: Emotion coaching in schools

5 October 2016

Emotion coaching is a concept that could help secondary schools to better support students’ social, emotional and mental health. Educational psychologists Licette Gus and Dr Laura Meldrum-Carter explain


PSHE: Violence against males

5 October 2016

Much focus is rightly placed on domestic violence against women. But men can be victims too. Continuing her series, Karen Sullivan looks at this rarely discussed issue


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


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

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