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Pupil Wellbeing

What are ACES?

17th Dec 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relate to a range of traumatic experiences in childhood that have demonstrable impact on future health, mental wellbeing and life chances.


5 steps to create a school culture supportive of good mental health

11th Dec 2018

Schools cannot eradicate mental health problems in children entirely. What they can do is create an environment that fosters and protects mental wellbeing and encourages resilience in children.


Ten top tips: Tackling disruptive behaviour

5th Nov 2018

Disruptive behaviour is a challenge in many schools and many classrooms here are some strategies for beating it.


Overcoming 10 common barriers to parental engagement

8th Oct 2018

Parents can become disengaged with school – this post looks at overcoming common barriers so parents can have maximum impact on their child’s education.


How to support a student who is having a panic attack

9th Sep 2018

Witnessing a student having a panic attack can be distressing, and many staff find themselves wondering how best to support students. There are a few simple steps you can follow and these are worth all staff knowing. If you have students who regularly have panic attacks, it’s worth discussing these suggestions with them and asking […]


5 Reasons to Love Middle Leaders

13th Aug 2018

Middle leaders are often the unsung heroes in our schools.  Taking on a phenomenal workload and ensuring the smooth running of individual departments and phases, they could be considered the glue that binds the school together.  Here are 5 reasons why we think school simply wouldn’t be the same without them.   Depth of knowledge […]


What is Cyberbullying?

16th Jul 2018

A look at Cyberbullying – the use of ICT deliberately to upset someone else.


Do you have a student with anorexia in your class?

18th Jun 2018

How do you spot a child in your class or school with the signs of anorexia? Teachers and teaching assistants will find this list helpful to identify the signs.


Returning to work after an absence

21st May 2018

You may be about to return to teaching after maternity leave or it could be after a period of absence due to illness; whatever the reason you are bound to be filled with a myriad of questions and anxieties about going back to work.


Mind Full, or Mindful?

23rd Apr 2018

In this blog post from Nora Helena McKenna, we go back to basics and explain the whats, hows and whys of mindfulness; whether it can help in your classroom and quick tricks you can implement straight away.


Top Tips for Dealing with Difficult Colleagues

26th Mar 2018

Unfortunately, examples of conflict, difficult situations and difficult colleagues all have an air of inevitability about them in education. The pressure of the job, the incessant scrutiny on the profession and the culture of fear that, sadly, exists in many schools means that they can be a breeding ground for conflict. Therefore – especially if you responsible for leading or managing others – it is really important that professionals know how to manage conflict and how to deal with difficult situations and colleagues. Read our top tips for doing just that.


How to engage the disengaged secondary student

26th Feb 2018

Of all the challenges that a teacher has to face, there can be few as frustrating or as difficult to deal with as a disengaged, disaffected student.


What to do when a lesson goes wrong – A Survival Guide for NQTs

29th Jan 2018

The first thing we need to get clear is that lessons will go wrong from time to time.   Lessons will go wrong for teachers with 20 years, 2 years or 2 months experience in the classroom. Even the very best practitioners have lessons that go wrong. Even the most meticulously planned lessons can go wrong. And, […]


Five Ideas for Promoting Body Confidence and Self-Esteem in your Pupils

11th Jan 2015

This post was first published in UKEdChat Magazine and is reproduced here with kind permission. As educators, we’re all aware that it’s not enough simply to fill our pupils with knowledge and hope for the best. In order for them to enjoy and achieve both within and beyond school, they need both healthy self-esteem and […]


Understanding why young people self-harm

2nd May 2014

There are a wide range of reasons why young people turn to self-harm and every single case is different but there are certain themes that recur time and time again. Below are some of the most common ones, along with quotes from young people to help you understand why they turned to this unhealthy coping […]


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