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Exclusion in education: Why exclude?

28 February 2018

Exclusion can sometimes be a necessary last resort, but increasingly the evidence is pointing to many ‘offenders’ for whom this solution is just not appropriate. Karen Sullivan explains


Bullying versus ‘banter’...

28 February 2018

When does playful ‘joshing’ turn into something hurtful? And when does that become bullying? As planning begins for Anti-Bullying Week 2018, Martha Evans considers how teachers can tell the difference


Self-harm: What not to do

7 February 2018

Mental health and wellbeing expert Dr Pooky Knightsmith advises teachers and school staff on what not to do if they are worried that a child is self-harming or if a student discloses to them




Talking about disfigurement

17 January 2018

How should we talk about disfigurement in the classroom? Dr Jane Frances and Alexis Camble from the charity Changing Faces offer advice on how to ensure our schools are inclusive


LGBT History Month

17 January 2018

LGBT History Month in February is a time to celebrate difference and acceptance in all its forms. Adele Bates considers why we have it and suggests some age-appropriate ideas and resources


Attachment theory in schools

11 January 2018

The implications of attachment theory are becoming more and more relevant to the work of schools. Professor Elizabeth Harlow looks at the research and signposts a range of resources, training and support


Safer Internet Day: February 6, 2018

3 January 2018

Talking about online safety is a vital part of helping children to stay safe in the world today. Hannah Broadbent looks ahead to this year’s Safer Internet Day on February 6


Are you ready for statutory RSE?

6 December 2017

Is your school preparing its PSHE provision for statutory relationships and sex education? With draft updated statutory guidance soon to be published, Jenny Barksfield offers practical advice and signposts a range of resources


Online safety resources for schools and families

6 December 2017

The UK Safer Internet Centre and the charities that lead its work offer a wealth of advice, support and resources to schools and families about how to keep children safe online. Susie Hargreaves explains more


Supply teaching: A safeguarding update

6 December 2017

With an eye on the supply teacher's role, Helen Frostick offers education professionals a safeguarding update, including advice about the questions you should be asking your placement schools



Creating an anti-bullying culture

8 November 2017

As Anti-Bullying Week approaches, what can schools do to prevent bullying among their pupils? Rebecca Oram looks at some practices to take on board


Mental health: Six steps to sustainable recovery

1 November 2017

We can sometimes be too quick to think that a young person is recovered from a mental health problem. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers six steps to supporting sustainable recovery from mental health issues




An effective PSHE framework

11 October 2017

RSE is to become statutory from 2019, and it looks likely that PSHE will follow. But what does a good PSHE programme look like? Maria O’Neill advises



Whole-school safeguarding

27 September 2017

Many schools will have started the year with a safeguarding INSET day for staff, but how can you engage parents and pupils in safeguarding too? Laura Ralph looks at some top tips for crucial safeguarding communications



Mental health: Prevention and intervention

20 September 2017

The mental health challenge continues and schools are on the frontline. Anna Cole looks at the latest government policy, key challenges, recommended approaches, and signposts useful resources for schools



Making time to stop self-harm

6 September 2017

Self-harm among young people is on the rise, with potentially devastating consequences. Karen Sullivan looks at the statistics and suggests what role schools can play to tackle this danger


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