Pupil wellbeing

Mental health: Looking out for the boys

20 June 2018

The statistics show that boys and young men are more likely to be affected by poor mental health. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


The influence of the smartphone: Part 3

13 June 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part three of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers what we know about the influence of smartphones on social and emotional development



PSHE: Anti-smoking lessons

6 June 2018

Where does smoking fit into your PSHE curriculum? Ian Macdonald offers some pointers and discusses the skills that anti-smoking lessons can foster in pupils


The influence of the smartphone: Part 2

6 June 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part two of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers what we know about the influence of smartphones on cognition and concentration



Booking a PSHE speaker? Read this first...

23 May 2018

When used appropriately, external visitors can be an excellent support or enhancement to PSHE. But how can you be sure their input is safe, effective and relevant? Anne Bell advises


The influence of the smartphone: Part 1

23 May 2018

SmartPhones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In a new six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the implications for education and society


Mental health and LGBT+

23 May 2018

The threats to mental health and wellbeing for LGBT+ students are many, varied and clear. Adele Bates highlights some of the challenges and advises schools


Supporting refugee children in your school

16 May 2018

Refugee children are among the most vulnerable in our schools and can face a range of challenges. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice


Safeguarding changes: Will they make a difference?

2 May 2018

Schools are on the front-line when it comes to safeguarding our children. With government guidance currently being overhauled after the Children and Social Work Act, Suzanne O’Connell looks at what schools should be aware of


How to talk to troubled students

2 May 2018

It can be daunting when a troubled student chooses to disclose to you. Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises how to talk so that young people who need your help will listen


Online safeguarding: Trends, resources and advice

2 May 2018

Safeguarding and online safety expert Charlotte Aynsley identifies some of the growing trends to look out for in the months ahead and considers what a whole-school approach to online safeguarding should look like


Tackling LGBT bullying

2 May 2018

Almost half of all LGBT pupils face abuse at school simply because they are LGBT. Stonewall’s Sam Hardwick looks at what we can do and signposts a range of resources


Vulnerable students: The power of the great outdoors

25 April 2018

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils


Bereavement: Learning about loss

18 April 2018

Bereavement is a sensitive area for teachers and schools to tackle, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Ahead of Dying Matters Awareness Week, Alison Penny offers her advice



Alcohol education in schools

7 March 2018

Children commonly have their first drink at around age 13, and while attitudes to drinking among young people are changing, it is still a major health concern. Helena Conibear looks at effective alcohol education and the support the Alcohol Education Trust can offer


A trans inclusive school

7 March 2018

How can schools ensure that they are meeting their legal and moral obligations to be a trans inclusive school? Stonewall’s Emma Starkey offers her advice and signposts useful resources


PSHE & RSE: The impact of porn on the young

28 February 2018

The impact that pornography has on the lives of young people – in particular their knowledge, beliefs and expectations about sex, gender and intimate relationships – is becoming alarmingly clear. Stephanie Enson explores the issue and discusses preventative strategies


The Stella Project: Supporting vulnerable learners

28 February 2018

The Stella Project has been working with professionals to provide mental health training in order to better support vulnerable learners. Clare Stafford explains more about the legacy the year-long project hopes to leave


Exclusion in education: Why exclude?

28 February 2018

Exclusion can sometimes be a necessary last resort, but increasingly the evidence is pointing to many ‘offenders’ for whom this solution is just not appropriate. Karen Sullivan explains


Self-harm: What not to do

7 February 2018

Mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises teachers and school staff on what not to do if they are worried that a child is self-harming or if a student discloses to them



Mental health: Three schools, three strategies

31 January 2018

Three of the schools where Phil Denton has worked have had innovative and effective approaches to supporting good student attitudes, wellbeing and mental health. He explains more

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