Pupil wellbeing


Building an effective peer mentoring scheme

6 January 2016

Peer-to-peer mentoring programmes can be effective in supporting students both academically and pastorally. Keir McDonald offers some pointers on making any initiative a success


e-Safety: tackling the key threats effectively

2 December 2015

Internet safety is a crucial safeguarding issue for schools. Experts Kat Howard and Kate Brady highlight problem areas – including social media, sexting, radicalisation and grooming – and discuss the elements of whole-school best practice



Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages



Tackling student stress and depression

11 November 2015

Teachers are not trained mental health professionals, but schools can play a role in supporting students’ wellbeing. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the challenges and offers some ideas


Supporting Syrian refugee children who arrive in your school

4 November 2015

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion



Responding to the refugee crisis

7 October 2015

As the first refugees start to arrive in the UK, many likely to be children, Marianne Pope reflects on the implications for schools and looks at five considerations


Would your pupils ask you for help?

7 October 2015

All schools do their best to support their students pastorally, but young people can often resist attempts to help them overcome problems. Mike Boulton, James Down and Louise Boulton report on their research into this sensitive area


The Prevent Duty in schools

7 October 2015

Robin Jacobs considers the practical steps schools need to take in order to comply with their legal obligations under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.


Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...


Supporting pupils with Type 1 diabetes

30 September 2015

Type 1 diabetes affects more than 30,000 children and there are clear legal duties regarding the support schools have to offer. Libby Dowling advises


The impact of violence and terrorism on pupils

23 September 2015

Images of death and violence are commonly relayed by the media and can have long-lasting effects on young people. Dr Stephanie Thornton gives an overview of the possible impact, suggestions on reducing fear and anxiety, and some signs to look out for


Tips for discussing child sexual exploitation

16 September 2015

Child sexual exploitation is a key challenge for schools. Caroline Bridges provides some practical advice on how we can discuss the issues around this sensitive topic with pupils


Meeting the obesity challenge

16 September 2015

A recent SecEd article offering resources to help tackle obesity and educate pupils about healthy diet and lifestyle choices inspired school practitioner Kelly Rose


Let's talk about alcohol

2 September 2015

Alcohol education is a challenging area for schools to tackle effectively. Dorothy Lepkowska reports on an evaluation of the Talk About Alcohol intervention programme



Are you ready for sports day?

11 June 2015

When preparing for sports day, there are eight key aspects that schools must consider. Marianne Pope explains


Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues


Tackling homophobia: Meeting your legal duties

21 May 2015

As yet more research shows the extent of homophobic bullying suffered by students, legal expert Paul Maddock looks at schools’ legal duties and how they can tackle the issue


Mental health: Self-harm and suicide

12 March 2015

Probably many more students than you think self-harm or have suicidal thoughts, warns Dr Stephanie Thornton. She offers her advice on recognising the early signs of problems.


Mental health: Getting students talking

12 March 2015

The Make Time in November mental health campaign got 234,000 students talking about mental health. Here, we explain more about the on-going campaign and celebrate those schools that took part.


Tackling homophobia in school

5 March 2015

The 10th annual LGBT History Month has just come to an end. Alex Newton, from charity Stonewall, offers secondary schools some best practice advice for tackling homophobia and celebrating difference.

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