Health, Wellbeing and Behaviour

Covid, mental health and the implications for schools

23 May 2022

The pandemic has certainly had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, but how and to what extent? Dr Stephanie Thornton reviews the emerging research evidence and explores the implications for schools and those working with students


Statutory RSE – a role for all teaching staff

23 May 2022

Statutory RSE is not just a list of topics to tick off a list, it should be relevant to children’s everyday lives and reach across the curriculum. Indeed, in many ways, all teachers are teachers of RSE. Lucy Emmerson explains


Safeguarding: Getting the basics right – every time

16 May 2022

The basics of safeguarding revolve around identifying children at risk of harm and we can never take this work for granted. Elizabeth Rose recaps the four main types of abuse, the principles of effective staff training, and the basics of keeping children safe from serious harm




Exams season: Responding to a panic attack

10 May 2022

Would you know how to support a student who is having a panic attack? With exam season upon us, Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some pointers for helping anyone who is struggling


Push the button to close safeguarding gaps

9 May 2022

The simple introduction of an online reporting button has played an important supporting role in safeguarding secondary students at the Castle Phoenix Trust. Alex Handy explains


'I forgot my kit’: A guide to poverty-proofing school sports

9 May 2022

Is your school’s PE and sports kit preventing disadvantaged children from fully accessing school sport opportunities? Craig Watson, from Children North East’s Poverty Proofing initiative, shares some tips for creating inclusive school sports


Inclusion is a verb: Belonging and schools

3 May 2022

Inclusion boils down to belonging, but how can we ensure that children from a diverse range of backgrounds and with diverse needs feel that they belong in their schools and classrooms? Daniel Sobel offers some tips, reflections – and a checklist!


Stress, anxiety, and developing our teachers

2 May 2022

Stressed? Overwhelmed? Anxious? If we are to put in place a schools recovery plan to help teaching staff and leaders, we need to know what challenges we are addressing and how to address them. Gareth Conyard reflects on wellbeing and CPD



Breaking the cycle of poverty and exclusion

25 April 2022

What does the research into poverty and its links to exclusion and other consequences tell us? How we can best support disadvantaged young people? Sean Harris takes a look at the research and explores the excellent work being undertaken in Hartlepool


Creating anti-racist school communities

19 April 2022

In light of the shocking experience of child Q, Angelina Idun considers the responsibility schools have for tackling discrimination and reflects on how listening to our young people can help us move our race equality work forward


How can we support pupils who have Long Covid?

5 April 2022

How does Long Covid affect children and young people in the classroom and what can teaching staff do to help them? In the second of two articles on the impact of Long Covid on the young, Dr Sue Peters offers some practical advice



Tackling sexual harassment and misogyny in schools

4 April 2022

Violent and misogynistic views and actions experienced by so many women in our society can often have their roots in unchallenged attitudes and behaviours in childhood. This puts schools on the front-line. Peter Radford challenges us to consider how we respond...


Bullying, crime, school, society: Keeping students on track

4 April 2022

Bullying is not just a problem for schools – has clear links to wider anti-social behaviour and crime in local areas. In the second of two articles, Dr Mandy Shaw, Vaughan Clarke, and Graham Moore consider how we must respond


There may be trouble ahead: Getting attendance right

29 March 2022

Poor school attendance can be a key warning sign of more serious problems to come for a vulnerable child. But how can we intervene to re-engage pupils and improve attendance? Darren Martindale advises



Supporting good mental health: Two case studies

28 March 2022

The impact of the pandemic has exacerbated mental health and wellbeing challenges for many students. From wellbeing rooms to the five tiers of mental health support, Emma Lee-Potter looks at how two schools are acting to support pupil wellbeing



Emotionally based school avoidance: Five tips

23 March 2022

A SecEd webinar on emotionally based school avoidance attracted thousands of viewers. In this article, which first appeared in SecEd's Back from the Brink supplement, Dr Pooky Knightsmith picks up the discussion, offering five steps to re-engage with pupils who struggle to attend school


Safeguarding: What does a culture of safety look like?

15 March 2022

Safer working practice in schools is crucial to establishing safe cultures and ensuring effective safeguarding. In this article, Elizabeth Rose explains how schools can minimise opportunity for harm perpetrated by those working with children



How do we talk about Ukraine? Engaging with young people over the war

9 March 2022

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues and the international crisis grows, students will be filled with questions and concerns. Just how should school staff approach these challenging conversations? Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the likely impact of the war on young people and what we can ...

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