Pupil wellbeing

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


Wellbeing research in Australia

14 September 2016

Schools in Australia are embracing pioneering research on pupil wellbeing. Janet Williamson reports on her trip to witness their approaches first-hand


Key stage 3: Year 6 to 7 transition

14 September 2016

This term in SecEd, Matt Bromley is focusing on boosting outcomes for learners at key stage 3. He looks here at the process of transition and how we can best help pupils to prepare and cope with the move from year 6 to 7


Pupil wellbeing: When to worry

7 September 2016

In a new series for SecEd, mental health expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith will be offering practical advice to school staff to help them safeguard their students' wellbeing. Her first article looks at when you should begin to worry about a student



Do you feel comfortable talking to pupils about mental health?

6 July 2016

It’s good to talk. Especially so when students are facing challenges to their mental health. However, teachers often feel out of their depth when faced with these conversations on sensitive issues. Psychologist Dr Asha Patel offers her advice and reassurance


The legal implications of e-safety

6 July 2016

The challenge of e-safety law is that it is constantly evolving and has many layers. Dr Brian Bandey and Ed Macnair discuss the implications for schools


Treading the fine line of child protection...

29 June 2016

Every day in schools, staff need to make safeguarding-related judgements about pupils and their families. But it can often be a fine line to tread and a difficult call to make. Safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian discusses how to handle these situations and offers some general advice


Case study: A smooth transition

22 June 2016

At Bedminster Down School, the transition programme offers a whole week in school for incoming year 7 pupils at the end of the summer term and is planned jointly between secondary and primary colleagues. Leanne Wilding explains



Talking about death with pupils

11 May 2016

Death is something we shy away from talking about on a personal level. Anna Feuchtwang says it is time to open up the conversation in our schools

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