Jenny Fox Eades writes about the Celebrating Strengths project, which uses the Christmas story to explore emotions around hope and spirituality

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A new programme from the charity Samaritans links in with current initiatives to create an emotionally healthy culture in schools. read more

Child abuse can affect a child’s ability to learn. In the second of two articles, Jenni Whitehead looks at ways of helping such children in the classroom. read more

Malcolm Rigler and David Loshak outline strategies to improve young people’s health

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Children can be affected by domestic abuse in many ways. Jenni Whitehead gives guidance on how schools can provide help for pupils and their families. read more

The new and rapidly changing context of the Every Child Matters agenda presents challenges and opportunities for the role of the educational psychologist. This forms the backdrop against which a review of the functions and contribution of educational psychologists has been conducted. read more

Pete Saunders, chief executive and founder of NAPAC, describes how the charity helps survivors of abuse come to terms with their traumatic histories. read more

Antidote development director Marilyn Tew describes what she learned from a recent seminar on how music education affects student wellbeing. read more

Programme director Claire Finka writes about how the Sheffield-based Juniper programme helps children find a way to cope with stress. read more

Independent drug consultant, Adrian King, questions the wisdom of drug testing in schools, arguing that it undermines the support offered to pupils through effective PSHE and sends out a clear message that pupils are not to be trusted. read more

Jenni Whitehead looks at signs that show a young person may be at risk of abuse. read more

Emotional abuse is more difficult to prove than physical abuse. Jenni Whitehead looks at how emotional abuse is defined and how it can be recognised

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Jane West looks at some misconceptions about giftedness and how to dispel them. read more

Risk assessment and needs analysis are key areas of school security. Gill O’Donnell and Brin Best guide you though the systems that need to be in place to ensure that your school is prepared for all eventualities

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Dave Cotton, Force Crime Reduction Officer at West Midlands Police Force, looks at security risks and gives safety advice for schools, staff and pupils. read more

Every school has a general duty of care for all of the children in its care. This extends to ensuring children’s safety on the internet. read more

Why do so many people think that giftedness is a ‘seriously wrong’ idea? Dr Ruth Cigman argues that the way forward lies in ensuring that we recognise genuine giftedness. read more

Children with asthma have airways that narrow and can become clogged with mucus as a reaction to various triggers. This article provides a list of symptoms experienced by those with asthma and also strategies to help

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What help and support we can provide for early years children about to move into key stage 1? Helen MR Hann explores this issue

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Helen MR Hann suggests strategies to help children transfer into the foundation stage. read more

John Cousins is a primary mental health worker, supporting children and their families. He explains what we mean by ‘transitions’ and how they can affect the child. read more

How do you care for children’s emotional health and wellbeing as they enter nursery or playgroup for the first time? Helen M R Hann, an experienced foundation stage teacher, looks at the practical implications

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EYU reviews a new report calling for increased government spending to bring about a childcare system that combines quality, affordability and appropriateness for all children. read more

Children’s therapist John Cousins examines the concept of self-esteem, which is integral to a child reaching Early Learning Goals in the PSE area of learning

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Preparing students for undergraduate life can help them to make the most of university and achieve long term life goals, argues Dr Christine Fanthome

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Colin Noble explains how achieving national healthy school status supports the new ‘whole-child’ agenda. read more

Preparing sixth-formers for their first weeks of university life has long-term benefits. Dr Christine Fanthome describes how to make the most of independence. read more

David Cattell explores the comparative strengths of vertical and horizontal systems of pastoral care. read more

Robin Richardson writes in a personal capacity about DfES advice on countering racist bullying for which he acted as external consultant.

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Peer support schemes can benefit staff and pupils. Jaci Smith describes one initiative and explains how to get started

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Margaret Collins explores ways in which we can help children to think about their responses and their reactions

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In his regular column, Dr Graham Haydon argues that the decision to smoke is not just a matter of individual choice. read more

Headteacher David Dixon looks at the problems various forms of transition can pose for some children and suggests ways to help smooth those troubled paths. read more

Letting children take well considered risks helps to prepare them for danger in the world, argues former head Bob Jelley. read more

Healthy meals for children, pristine premises and lovely grounds are within the grasp of every school, argues headteacher Mark Barnett. read more

Headteacher Mark Barnett remembers the trials and triumphs of transitions during his own youth and argues for a radical rethink on managing the process. read more

Raising awareness and dismissing myths is critical in establishing self-harm support groups says Steve Matthews of the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. read more

Whether you are taking children off premises to visit the local museum or taking young people away for a full five days, you need to ensure that every aspect of your planning incorporates safety and protection planning. read more

A new campaign calls on the government to launch an enquiry into the impact of parental alcohol misuse and develop new services for parents and children read more

A recent survey by the Drinkaware Trust draws attention to the lack of information that 11-16 receive on the dangers of drinking. read more

This project supports the National Framework for PSHE and the National Healthy School Standard, as well as supporting the development of Citizenship throughout the school with some 1400 pupils. read more

Global citizenship links can help increase children’s and young people’s knowledge of the wider world. The Manchester Healthy Schools Partnership created a close working relationship with three schools in Kabwe, Zambia. read more

The cashless school will bring a dramatic range of benefits for students, parents and schools. read more

A whole-school approach to food and health is fundamental to establishing good dietary habits and an understanding of the links between good nutrition and future health. In this article Anna Denny shows how shools can support children in leading a healthy lifestyle. read more

What happens when a porcupine moves in with a load of moles? Using a hypothetical dilemma from the animal world, Dr Graham Haydon explores the perspectives adopted by female and male students. read more

The food we eat provides the energy we need throughout the day. In this article, we will explore the different food groups that provide sustained energy and describe which foods stimulate our brain and relieve stress. We will also consider some healthy alternatives when we have a snack attack in school or feel we need to grab that extra cup of coffee! read more

There are many techniques to develop self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-esteem, but what would be useful to use with sixth formers? Life Coach Lunette Allen discusses some of the exercises she works with, which can be tailored to suit most age groups

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Many people have discovered for themselves the benefits of meditation and relaxation as a way of releasing stress and tension. More and more people are using short meditations as a way of getting pupils into a good state for learning. If you haven’t tried it yet, the following are simple techniques, which can be done at pretty much any age. You might like to try them yourself before you start using them with pupils so that you feel how quickly or slowly you might want to speak … and then practise leading each meditation in a calm, confident voice. read more

The space between ‘being available’ and ‘being overwhelmed’. read more

If pupils feel safe, secure and, above all, happy at school, they are less likely to play truant and the atmosphere is more likely to be conducive to learning. read more

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