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County lines: A world of violence, intimidation and crime

11 March 2020

Young offenders are not as ‘popular’ as other vulnerable groups and yet in a world of intimidation, violence, county lines and organised crime, their need is just as great. Schools are among those on the front line of this battle. Darren Martindale explains more


Anxiety and depression: The new normal?

11 March 2020

An estimated one in 10 teens have mental health problems, with high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part one, she considers whether this is the new ‘normal’ and some implications for schools


Trauma and adverse childhood experiences

12 February 2020

Trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a huge impact on behaviour and learning. Darren Martindale advises how we can identify these problems and offer support


Trapped in social media: Beating the algorithms

12 February 2020

There is a real fear about the negative impact that social media is having on a generation of young people. Edwina Dunn looks at recent research and one simple yet effective solution


The blurred lines of online bullying

5 February 2020

If we are to better protect children from online bullying, we must recognise the blurred lines between different forms of bullying and stop treating online incidents in isolation. Martha Evans explains


Pupil wellbeing: The healing power of art

27 January 2020

More schools are offering placements to trainee art therapists to support the rising number of young people with emotional or mental health issues. How does it work in practice? Sam Phipps reports


RSE: What do young people want and need?

27 January 2020

Who better to ask about what is needed from relationships and sex education than the young people themselves. This is what the Sex Education Forum has done. Lucy Emmerson explains


Observing vulnerable students during lessons

22 January 2020

For teachers with challenging or vulnerable students in their lessons, observations can become all the more stressful. Daniel Sobel looks at how we must observe the pupils in question and not the teachers...


Tics and tourette’s in the classroom

22 January 2020

Around one child in every 100 will have some form of tic disorder or Tourette’s. John Dabell looks at how these conditions manifest themselves and offers some tips for supporting young people in the classroom



When death happens: Bereavement in schools

6 November 2019

To mark Children’s Grief Awareness Week, Alison Penny considers how schools can be better prepared to support young people who are coming to terms with the death of someone close



Ofsted's EIF, equality and diversity

1 October 2019

The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (EIF) came into effect in September promising to advance equality of opportunity for all learners. Dawn Jotham considers what the EIF means in the context of equality and diversity


A collaborative approach to mental health support

24 September 2019

Adopting a collaborative approach and developing your existing networks can help improve the mental health of students and teachers. Lisa Fathers explains how this approach has worked in Greater Manchester



Supporting children through crisis moments

17 September 2019

When a young person with mental health or wellbeing issues faces a crisis moment, there are some simple techniques and ideas that could help. Dr Pooky Knightsmith explains


CPD Workshop: Positive classroom management

11 September 2019

In this regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD workshop ideas that can be adapted for your school. This time he looks at positive classroom management


Supporting students who stammer

10 July 2019

Stammering can have an adverse effect on a student’s confidence and ability to thrive in school. Teacher Abed Ahmed gives us an insight into what it is like to live and teach with a stammer – and offers some advice for supporting students



Getting transition right for vulnerable pupils

20 June 2019

We all know that transition to year 7 can lead to a dip in student outcomes. Daniel Sobel speaks to Jez Piper about how we can get transition right, particularly for our most vulnerable pupils



Promoting summer holiday wellbeing

12 June 2019

The long summer break can be challenging for students facing mental health or emotional wellbeing issues. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at how we can help students to prepare


Supporting students with medical needs

5 June 2019

Many schools work hard to make the best provision they can for students with medical needs, but it is not always easy. Jackie Wheatley highlights key areas of best practice, considers some of the legal requirements placed on schools, and offers her advice


RSE: Preparing for September 2020

5 June 2019

The introduction of statutory relationships and sex education is drawing closer. Anna Cole looks at the aspects that might prove most controversial – or tricky – for school leaders


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