• Why every school needs to learn how to handle ‘conduct disorder’

    Schools have ineffective behaviour management strategies because they want a “quick fix” to a common disorder but don’t understand the neurology behind it. Some teachers don’t know how to manage “conduct disorder” – a mental condition which causes disruptive and sometimes violent behaviour in pupils – because they don’t know how to identify and respond

    7.00 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Rural LGBT teachers have worse mental health

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans teachers working in rural areas are nine times more likely to experience mental health issues related to their job than their peers in cities, research has shown. Forty-six per cent of LGBT+ teachers working in villages reported taking time off work due to anxiety or depression linked to their sexual

    7.00 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • The mental health reforms must do more to support schools

    The government’s plans to help children and young people’s mental health are welcome in spirit, writes Robert Halfon, but they don’t go nearly far enough in numerous serious ways Half of all mental health conditions first occur by the age of 14, and according to the most recent available data, one in 10 children have

    13.30 May. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • NAHT: Schools can't get hold of mental health support for children

    Over 90 per cent of teachers are unable to access specialist mental health support for the children in their school when it’s needed, according to a poll taken by school leaders’ union NAHT at its national conference in Liverpool today. Paul Whiteman, NAHT’s general secretary, said the system is “in crisis”, with unsupported children and young

    15.13 May. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Schools' designated mental health leads will need support

    A recent green paper suggests a new role in schools to manage mental health– the designated senior lead. Dai Durbridge considers how it might all work Mental health and pupil wellbeing have been in sharper focus over the past few years. Many adults with mental ill-health are likely to have suffered their first mental health

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Mental health charities call for more youth specialists to be trained

    Schools struggle to get pupils seen by qualified mental health professionals because training for counsellors focuses too much on treating adults, warns the head of a children’s mental health charity. Patrick Johnson, the director of learning at Place2Be, told a meeting of headteachers, charities and academics in parliament last week that it was “no surprise”

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Mental health support IS available for schools - we're just really bad at telling them about it

    Mental health support has been more accessible since the introduction of single points of access in the past few years. But we still need to do more to tell schools about it, writes Dr Andrew Murray There are various common complaints about mental health support for young people. These include long waiting lists for services,

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • How can schools know when to make a CAMHS referral?

    There are certain kinds of distress that can be managed by a school before a child is referred to a mental health service, explains Peter Fuggle Distress is not the same as having a mental health issue, but most mental health issues are highly associated with distress. This means it can be hard to tell

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Schools need more mental health support

    School leaders appreciate the government’s new mental health strategy, but without sufficient cash, says Sarah Hannafin, it won’t work School leaders are reporting a serious – and growing – concern for children’s mental health. The demand for professional mental health services has increased in recent years, but funding has plummeted. This means that schools are

    5.00 Mar. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Train all teachers in attachment issues, says trauma expert

    School staff should all be trained to deal with emotional trauma among children in care, according to an expert. New rules that require schools to appoint a specific member of staff to specialise in helping pupils in care are “insufficient”, said Tony Clifford (pictured below), who chairs the Attachment Research Community, who insisted that all

    7.00 Mar. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers for pupils in care must have 'trauma' training

    Schools must appoint and train a member of staff to spot the mental health needs of pupils who have been in the care system, according to new statutory guidance. Under the new rules, school governors must ensure they have a “designated teacher” trained to “understand trauma and attachment” issues, as well as spot special educational

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | News