Pupil wellbeing

Five Christmas tips for the anxious

5 December 2018

Christmas can be a difficult time for those suffering with mental health difficulties, especially anxiety. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers five ideas for managing Christmas


The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school

28 November 2018

The visibility of LGBT+ identities in school can often be poor, yet this is also an area in which small changes can have a profound impact. Lauren Weller explains


Tackling cyber-bullying

21 November 2018

Understanding the nature of cyber-bullying and what can be done to support pupils is a vital part of safeguarding practice. Drawing on her research, Dr Lucy Betts has created resources to support schools


Vulnerable pupils: Poverty and mental health

14 November 2018

There are clear links between poverty and mental health and wellbeing. Clare Stafford continues her series on vulnerable learners with a focus on how schools can mitigate the impact of poverty


The therapeutic teacher

14 November 2018

Continuing her series, expert Shahana Knight advises schools on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy-to-implement and cost-effective activities. Here she focuses on therapeutic teaching skills






Ideas for mindfulness in schools

10 October 2018

Yoga and mindfulness is one approach that might help schools to support the mental and emotional resilience of their pupils and staff. Advocate and expert Jyoti Jo Manuel offers some ideas


Beating the poverty trap

10 October 2018

Continuing her focus on child poverty and its impact on education, Karen Sullivan looks at what schools might do to mitigate the negative impact that disadvantage can have


Parent-school meetings: Ensuring successful outcomes

3 October 2018

In SecEd this year, Daniel Sobel will be tackling common problems and questions when it comes to supporting vulnerable pupils in school. In his first article, he looks at the challenges and secrets to successful parent-school meetings



The underlying causes of challenging behaviour

26 September 2018

Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks expert advice on supporting students who regularly demonstrate challenging behaviour


Managing behaviour: Introducing Ready to Learn

26 September 2018

Ready to Learn, the approach to behaviour management at The Fallibroome Academy, has had a remarkable impact. Vice-principal Ross Martland explains how the initiative works


Supporting looked after children in your school

19 September 2018

Specific support for looked after children is essential if they are to thrive. Darren Martindale focuses on three key elements – the designated teacher, the Personal Education Plan, and the virtual school head


Reviewing your safeguarding practice

19 September 2018

A big focus for schools this term will be ensuring proper implementation of the updated statutory safeguarding guidance. Sam Preston considers the new requirements and offers some practical advice


Creating a therapeutic school

19 September 2018

How can you create a therapeutic and calming environment that cultivates learning? Play therapist Shahana Knight offers her advice, including five suggestions to get started


Wellbeing: Faulty thinking patterns

12 September 2018

Faulty thinking patterns can present a real threat to pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at recognising and responding to these ‘cognitive distortions’


Tes SEN Show: A focus on SEMH

5 September 2018

The Tes SEN Show takes place on October 5 and 6 and will focus on issues relating to social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Head of content and chair of this year’s keynote panel discussion, Beverley Walters, looks at the CPD and seminars on offer


Learning the risks of porn

4 July 2018

Teenagers are increasingly getting addicted to internet pornography, with dire effects in and out of the classroom. An Edinburgh-based charity is tackling the issue with pilot lessons in four secondaries. Sam Phipps explains


LGBT: Your FAQs answered

4 July 2018

There are a range of LGBT issues and considerations in schools, and teachers may sometimes be unsure or concerned about how best to respond. Adele Bates answers some FAQs...


The influence of the smartphone: Part 6

4 July 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In the final part of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the links between smartphone use and teenagers’ health


The influence of the smartphone: Part 5

27 June 2018

Smartphones are changing the cultural influences on children’s development. In part five of her six-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton considers the links between smartphone use and anti-social behaviour


Mental health: Looking out for the boys

20 June 2018

The statistics show that boys and young men are more likely to be affected by poor mental health. Continuing her series for SecEd on supporting our most vulnerable young people, Clare Stafford seeks some expert advice

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