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Safeguarding and mental health: Reintegrating your pupils

1 June 2020

As school leaders welcome more pupils back into school, safeguarding will be at the forefront of planning. Bethany Eadie looks at what to cover in your staff safeguarding update so that your team feels prepared and confident to support pupils as they reintegrate


Attachment theory and children’s learning in school

1 June 2020

Attachment theory has clear and important implications for education. Dr Elizabeth Harlow considers its relevance to children’s learning and looks at how some schools have been applying the principles of the theory to the organisation of pastoral support and teaching and learning



Delivering effective mental health education

20 May 2020

With health education becoming compulsory in September, there is an opportunity for a clearer focus on mental wellbeing. Clare Stafford speaks with two mental health experts about effective whole-school approaches and practical tips for schools preparing to deliver the new curriculum


Encouraging good sleep habits in our students

18 May 2020

A good night’s sleep can be a secret weapon for healthier, happier and higher performing students. Darren Sayer looks at how to instil good sleeping habits to support student wellbeing and development


Anxiety and depression: When should we intervene?

12 May 2020

An estimated one in 10 teenagers have mental health problems and there is a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-article series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part three, she asks when are these conditions severe enough to warrant treatment or intervention


Safeguarding: Spotting the signs of domestic abuse

6 May 2020

The coronavirus lockdown has led to an increase in domestic abuse and violence. Safeguarding expert Debbie Gardner looks at the role of schools in spotting the signs in a world of remote learning and national lockdown


Safeguarding: During and beyond the coronavirus crisis

23 April 2020

The number of child referrals has gone down by 50 per cent. It is not surprising given that schools are one of the main referrers of safeguarding concerns. So, what is happening to vulnerable children and what can schools do to help? Suzanne O'Connell takes a look


Anxiety and depression: Are they co-morbid?

14 April 2020

An estimated one in 10 teenagers have mental health problems, with a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-article series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part two, she asks if anxiety and depression are co-morbid or one syndrome


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

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