Pupil wellbeing

Meet the National Pupil Premium champion

12 September 2013

Respected educationalist Dr John Dunford officially began work this month as the National Pupil Premium Champion. He spoke to Dorothy Lepkowska about his new role and how he will be helping to support effective Pupil Premium practice.


Life as a young carer – and how schools can help

4 July 2013

Being a young carer can have a significant impact on a child’s schooling, but too often they are suffering in silence. Rhian Beynon explains more about the Be Bothered campaign while Chloe, a young carer, gives us an insight into her home and school life.


It’s all a question of timetabling...

4 July 2013

Do teenagers only have themselves to blame if they stay up all night and then struggle to concentrate in class? Dr Stephanie Thornton explains why this might be unfair and why it could be a question of timetabling.


Defibrillators in schools – a legal viewpoint

4 July 2013

With more than 600 young people a year dying from cardiac arrests, a campaign is calling for defibrillators to be placed in schools. Legal expert Katrina Boyd considers the implications of medical emergencies in schools.


When tragedy strikes – how schools should respond

27 June 2013

When there is a death in the school community, the effects can be felt by everyone – students, staff, parents. Angela Youngman looks at how schools must react when tragedies happen and how we can help our children and our colleagues to grieve.


What is troubling this teenager?

20 June 2013

What is troubling this teenager? Drink? Drugs? Many of us think we know the health issues that young people worry about. But we may have to think again. Al Campbell looks at the outcomes of research showing what teens are really concerned about.



Supporting your students' mental health

9 May 2013

How can you develop a whole-school approach to supporting your students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing? Mick Atkinson offers some practical advice.




Tackling the traits of teen alcoholism

21 March 2013

After taking part in a pilot project to tackle alcohol misuse using targeted interventions with students grouped by personality traits and individual tendencies, Corelli College saw a real impact. Jon Kelly explains how.


Mentoring: Unlocking their potential

24 January 2013

The Unlocking Potential mentoring programme – a partnership between AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust – is being continued in 2013 after remarkable success last year. Andrew Hall explains how you can nominate your students.




When students self-harm

6 December 2012

Self-harm is a subject that remains shrouded in stigma with three in four young sufferers not knowing where to turn. Linda Aitchison looks at how schools and school staff should react when a pupil seeks help.


Helping gay students who come out at school

22 November 2012

School for students who are gay can be a difficult time ― especially if they decide to come out. The right support can play a crucial role in helping teenagers through this difficult period. Linda Aitchison looks at best practice for teachers and s



The role of self-esteem

18 October 2012

Everyone should have high self-esteem ― or should they? Dr Stephanie Thornton asks if we have got the balance between praise and realism right.


Supporting bereaved students

18 October 2012

It thought that 22,000 children suffer the loss of a parent every year in the UK ― one every 22 minutes. Mother-of-two Linda Aitchison, whose husband died in May, reports on how secondary schools can best meet the needs of these pupils and families


Helping young carers

11 October 2012

Amanda Bostock discusses how her school has changed its practices to ensure that it offers full support to its young carers.


Supporting BME students

11 October 2012

Are schools doing enough to meet the needs of their increasingly diverse population? Linda Tanner reports on programmes that have been proven to make the difference for Black and minority ethnic children.


Alive and Kicking

13 September 2012

As the rates of childhood obesity continue to escalate, nutritionist David Tchilingirian explains the importance of parent and teacher collaboration in tackling the issue and looks at an NHS-funded programme that is aiming to help.


Reaching their full potential

5 July 2012

The Prince's Trust's xl programme helps students who may, for whatever reason, be struggling in schools to achieve their potential. Lauren Hyams explains.


Developing healthy habits

14 June 2012

What can pupils' attitudes towards how they eat and exercise tell us about the role schools play in promoting healthy habits? Surveys and research by the NFER reveal some interesting insights.

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