A mile in our shoes
The Junction Foundation aims to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable young people, such as those with mental ill health or burdensome caring responsibilities, and their families. But how do they do it? Chief Executive Lawrence McAnelly shares some uplifting stories of success.
We need to talk about death
Over 90 per cent of young people have been bereaved of someone significant, so why are we so reluctant to talk about it? Dr Katie Koehler explains how to prepare children to deal with grief and equip them with the skills and understanding to support peers who have lost a loved one.
Identifying good mental health practice in schools
Schools are in the ideal position to catch and curb pupil anxieties before they develop into life-long mental health problems. But what makes for effective mental health practice in schools? Louise Kinnaird investigates.
The power of positive thinking
Building resilience should be a priority for all practitioners tasked with supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. In the second of a two-part series, Dr Tina Rae explores the importance of promoting positive attitudes and considers how to help young people manage stress and negative thinking.
Engaging the disengaged
Whether they are disrupting lessons, playing truant or simply prefer to daydream, young people who have disengaged from learning need immediate attention, or risk having their life chances severely curtailed. In her second article on the subject, Louise Kinnaird looks at some of the tried-and-tested ways schools can combat disengagement.
Not the end? A new approach to school exclusions
Currently, local authorities source alternative provision for expelled pupils, but a recent DfE-backed trial gave schools the power (and the funding) to ensure the pupils they exclude continue to receive a decent education. Here the trial’s lead investigators, Susan Hallam and Dr Lynne Rogers, share their findings.
Supporting pupils with a parent in prison
A parent in prison can have a devastating impact on the child they leave behind. Julia Morgan and Caroline Leeson consider the key role schools play in navigating the complex emotions surrounding the situation and providing nonstigmatising, flexible support to the children of prisoners.
Can I check your messages? The role of technology in teen dating abuse
The rise of smartphones presents a new way for young people to experience obsessive and controlling behaviours in their romantic relationships – one from which they may find no escape. Karlie Stonard, Erica Bowen and Kate Walker report.