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Back to School Guide: Supporting student wellbeing

In this 12-page Back to School guide, we consider how the lockdown will have affected young people’s wellbeing and mental health, what challenges we expect to see as more pupils return, and how schools must respond...


SEND inclusion within primary RSE

Relationships and health education is a statutory requirement – for all pupils – from this month. Rachael Baker looks at what we must do to ensure our curriculum is inclusive for SEND learners and offers some resources, advice and ideas




All Together: Free anti-bullying programme

The All Together anti-bullying programme is free for schools in England and has just been extended until March 2021. Nicola Murray from the Anti-Bullying Alliance explains



Wellbeing Award for Schools

Schools are taking the initiative in nurturing wellbeing and supporting better mental health via the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Philippa Stobbs explains


Professionals needed for attachment research

A team of researchers at UCL and the University of York and are conducting a survey of current practice in the UK for 0 to 13-year-old children with or at risk of attachment problems.



Anti-Bullying Week 2019: Change Starts With Us...

We have collective responsibility to reduce bullying and this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is encouraging us all to take this responsibility seriously. Olivia Foster explains more about what is planned


Bike to School Week

Schools across the UK are being asked to take part in the 2019 Bike to School Week from September 23 to 27.


Family alcohol misuse

A learning programme to support children who are affected by parental alcohol misuse has been launched by The Children’s Society.



Transition support for pupils and families

The Starting Secondary School campaign has been launched offering support to parents, teachers and students to help make the primary to secondary school transition as smooth as possible.



Tackling cyber-bullying

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 published resources to support schools


Child safety: Clever Never Goes

The ‘stranger danger’ message is outdated and unhelpful. A new Lottery-funded initiative – Clever Never Goes – is offering schools a more intelligent approach to personal safety for pupils. Emma Lee-Potter reports


Mental health support

Resources have been released to support teachers and school staff when it comes to issues of pupil mental health and wellbeing.


Bullying: We have a choice...

How can we use discussions about respectful disagreement to help stop bullying? Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week, Martha Evans considers how schools can support children to ‘Choose Respect’



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Headteacher Update's Research Insights articles, published with the NFER, offer in-depth, evidence based advice, guidance and best practice covering a wide range of areas. The latest article focuses on the barriers to teacher recruitment and retention...


LGBT History Month 2018

LGBT History Month in February celebrates difference and acceptance. Adele Bates provides age-appropriate resources and shares some school-wide opportunities to celebrate


Safer Internet Day 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


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