A disastrous misuse of teaching assistants
A truly alarming piece of research has surfaced about how the use, or misuse, of teaching assistants by classroom teachers is profoundly damaging to the children who are the most learning disadvantaged.
Researching the value of breakfast clubs
Breakfast clubs can have a profound countering effect on the chaos of modern life. They also help the parents of disadvantaged children advance their careers. But the proper training of club staff is critical, fnds Sue Yardley.
Head teachers are often left to handle allegations of child abuse against teaching staff alone. Elaine Webster shares case studies of interventions that illuminate practice advice.
Bristol teenage anti-smoking project
A new phase of Healthy Schools, announced earlier this autumn by Minister of State for Public Health, Gillian Merron, will provide primary care trusts, local authorities and their schools with additional support in addressing the specifc health and well-being needs of their children and young people, and will better equip children and young people to choose healthy behaviours.
Building resilience for the big move
The transition from primary to secondary school can be difficult for children – both academically and emotionally. Dr Sally Wills describes a pilot by her charity YoungMinds that helped Scottish children by building their emotional resilience.
Where to turn?
Helping families at the end of the asylum process: The refusal of asylum can have a profound impact on children’s lives. Lisa Nandy explores new ways of working with families in the Midlands, who have been made destitute by the asylum process.
Covered by neither adults' nor childrens' services, disadvantaged 16-19 year-olds need better health support to avoid STIs, unwanted pregnancies and drug abuse. Annie Darby developed the Asgard project – to build NEET’s health aspirations with support projects and employment opportunities.
Creating options for Maria
How one single mother fought for her disabled daughter - a determined mother whose initiative changed life for her family and for her disabled daughter Libby.
Supporting young carers
Nothing can make a young carer’s life easy. But just by identifying young carers, teachers can help. Katherine Small shares the research that developed the Trafford Young Carers project guide for teachers.