Health and Wellbeing

SATs: The aftermath

The 2016 SATs might be behind us, but headteachers are still angry about what the majority see as having been a testing fiasco. With a new school year beginning, heads reflect and speculate about what should happen in 2017


Have you seen fallout after Brexit?

Incidents of racial abuse and prejudice have risen dramatically since June 23’s EU referendum result. While it is unclear how many schools have experienced problems among parents or children, there is some anecdotal evidence and the issue is certainly high on the agenda for school leaders. Dorothy ...


Developing your pupils’ emotional intelligence

With children and young people facing so many challenges to their wellbeing and mental health, having active strategies in the school environment to develop their emotional intelligence can make a real difference. Expert Shahana Knight offers some quick ideas



Engaging parents with PSHE

PSHE covers a range of issues that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children and, as such, the involvement and support of parents is key. Jan Lever discusses how teachers can work with parents and carers to boost PSHE programmes



Treading the fine line of child protection...

Every day in schools, staff need to make safeguarding-related judgements about pupils and their families. But it can often be a fine line to tread and a difficult call to make. Safeguarding expert Ann Marie Christian discusses how to handle these situations and offers some general advice


SMSC and British Values

Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education and development is an crucial duty for schools, especially in light of requirements to teach ‘British Values’. Headteacher Helen Frostick looks at key definitions to help you evaluate your school’s provision and offers some ideas for SMSC activities


Case study: Talking about death

Talking about death is something we are not very good at and often do not tackle in schools. Yet a vast majority of pupils will experience a significant bereavement before the age of 16. Emma Lee-Potter reports on a pilot project linking one school’s pupils with their local hospice


Moving on up: A transition lesson plan

Transition is always a stressful time for young people. Coach and author Naomi Richards offers some lesson ideas to help prepare our year 6 pupils for their move to secondary school this September


Mental health: Are we too quick to label?

Are we too quick to label the young as having mental health problems? And do the labels we give to pupils actually get in the way of the support they need? Dr Stephanie Thornton considers these very sensitive questions


Tackling the bullying of pupils with SEND

Disabled students and pupils with SEN are more likely to be bullied – a hard truth that is too often overlooked. Drawing on work by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to develop effective practice to tackle this kind of bullying, Sophie Keenleyside offers some practical advice to primary school leaders


Safeguarding: Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a child protection issue that schools must be prepared for. Expert Dr Julie Leoni explains what abuse can look like, the impact on children, spotting the signs and taking action





Tackling obesity – the primary school role

Preventing childhood obesity is a key challenge of our time, with many seeing a vital role for primary schools – but how best can we engage with pupils and families to make a difference? Dr Joanne Clarke reports on her research into this area


Stress: Keeping your head above water as a school leader

As a headteacher, James Hilton fell victim to the huge stress that can affect many school leaders. He now spends his time helping education professionals to recognise and overcome the symptoms of stress. It is a theme tackled in his new book – Leading From the Edge. We invited him to offer some ...


Child protection: ‘Don’t wait for disclosures’

The Children’s Commissioner said in November that schools must be more proactive in identifying sexual abuse. Meanwhile, proposed updates to government guidance highlight the responsibilities of individual members of staff. Are schools really not doing enough?


Keeping workplace stress at bay

Taking active steps to tackle the stress of school leadership is vital for headteachers. Julian Stanley offers some basic advice to help ease the pressure and encourages heads under strain to seek help now


Troubled families – is it too good to be true?

Following the riots in 2011, the issue of disaffected and troublesome young people made the headlines. The Troubled Families programme was heralded as a solution. With its continued expansion, do we know how successful this programme has actually been? Suzanne O’Connell reports


The links between language ability and behaviour

Are we focusing too much on the behaviour of children when we should be looking at interventions aimed at supporting language and communication ability? Dr Zoe Owen discusses the links between language ability and unwanted behaviour – and some possible interventions


Supporting refugee children arriving in your school

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion


Why are our young so stressed?

Young children seem to suffer increasingly from stress or anxiety. Psychologist Dr Stephanie Thornton considers why this is and offers some solutions for schools to help our pupils cope better


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