When Chris Dyson took over at Parklands Primary School, there had been 150 exclusions in the previous year and morale was at an all-time low. By addressing the underlying wellbeing issues, he is now head of a school that is in the top 1% nationally for maths and which has received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.
Child and adolescents are experiencing a mental health crisis that is affecting all areas of education. How can schools and teachers help students build resilience and positive mental health so they can cope with the increased stress of modern society? Our editor, Jory Debenham, explores some of the apps available to help support our young people.
Taking into account past experiences and focusing on young people as individuals can have a comparable effect to having trained therapists on staff. Sarah Gillette’s trust is taking a trauma informed approach to supporting students’ social and emotional wellbeing.
What can schools do to spot and ward off mental health issues? Dr Margot Sunderland shows how teachers are in the perfect position to offer early interventions.
Helping children understand and reframe difficult emotions can go a long way to building resilience and countering unwanted behaviours. Janet Rose and Louise Gilbert share a powerful technique for helping both young people and adults improve their emotional intelligence.
According to leading analyst, Gartner, £19bn is expected to be spent globally on educational technology by 2019. But will our children be better prepared to succeed in the future? Will they possess the necessary skills to thrive in an even more digitalised world?
A lifelong love of reading is important for so many areas of well being, yet many people lack literacy skills, contributing to some of the biggest societal problems. Sue Wilkinson shows how The Reading Agency is bridging the gap for vulnerable children and adults so they develop the skills to access the power, importance, life-changing and life-enhancing impact of reading.
Narrative therapy, children telling the stories of their lives and culture, can be an effective early intervention that prevents more serious mental health issues developing in children. Carl Dutton explains.
Although parents with learning difficulties are usually perfectly able to bring up their children the experiences they can offer are more limited and this can impact on their social, emotional and learning development. Linda Gough suggests the ways schools can help.
With an increasingly strong evidence base linking sport and physical activity to raised levels of mental well-being and achievement Dominic Judge, Assistant Director for Education at the Youth Sport Trust (YST), looks at how schools can increase participation in PE and sport for students with SEND so that no child is left behind, including a look at YST’s groundbreaking work with Special Olympics Great Britain.