• Should lessons in snoozing be part of the school curriculum?

    Lack of sleep among teenagers could be causing serious problems for their health and academic progression. But are schools part of their insomnia problems? Sleep problems among teenagers commonly arise due to physical, mental and social changes taking place in their life. The pressures of homework, exams, relationships with friends, social activities, part-time jobs and

    12.34 Apr. 3rd, 2015 | Opinion

  • Pastoral interventions can help to raise student achievement

    A greater emphasis on pastoral care to remove barriers to learning has increased attainment at a 1,600-pupil academy Student welfare is a hot topic. January started with worrying reports of young people suffering from poor mental health and the think-tank, 2020health, has recently suggested that heads of well-being may help schools to combat poor physical

    7.30 Feb. 15th, 2015 | Opinion

  • State boarding school special — against: It is the children who have to live away from home

    If the government wants vulnerable children to be placed in boarding schools, what pastoral training will be given to bring standards up to those expected in residential care homes? Children are sent to boarding school for various reasons. Some people in favour of available state boarding say that children need stability while their Forces and

    6.30 Nov. 24th, 2014 | Opinion

  • How can schools strengthen mental health for all pupils?

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) code of practice will give schools the impetus to review their approaches to supporting mental health. About one in 10 school-aged children has a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder. Many of these difficulties will still be apparent in adulthood, with estimates suggesting that around half of all adult

    7.30 Nov. 8th, 2014 | Opinion

  • How unsustainable workloads are destroying the quality of teaching

    Many teachers blame poor mental health on the stress on increasing workloads. The approaching general election makes it a prime time to lobby for change . Teachers do not enter the profession expecting to work 9 to 5, but workloads are spiralling out of control. Struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance is a big

    6.30 Oct. 13th, 2014 | Opinion