Starting and changing schools are big transitions. Former headteacher Lynn Cousins shares advice on handling these and less common times of change that children experience read more

Is the pressure of school life too much for young children? Roger Smith investigates

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Jan White, consultant in outdoor play in the early years, looks at implications of the EYFS for the development of outdoor environments for young children

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The work of school nurses should bridge health, education and social care boundaries

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Early Years Update looks at ways of making transitions an enjoyable and exciting experience for children and parents read more

The happiness programme at Wellington College in Berkshire is described by Anthony Seldon, the master, Ian Morris, head of philosophy, and two Year 12 students

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To err is human, to forgive, divine… Ruth Bradbury ponders the fallibility of senior leaders read more

Some participants in a phone-in programme about the roll-out of SEAL thought that happiness could not or should not be taught, and that it was simply a question of ‘common sense’. Emotional literacy coordinator Julie Leoni explains why she disagrees

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Ingrid Sutherland outlines controversial new guidance on the provision of sexual health services in schools

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Early Years Update looks at the importance of environmental wellbeing in supporting the five outcomes of Every Child Matters read more

Michael Segal explains the legal aspects of ‘special guardianship’ read more

A study conducted by Pam Qualter and her colleagues at the University of Lancashire explores the role of emotional intelligence in supporting students as they move to secondary school

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Juliet Neil-Hall discusses the importantance of attachment and meeting the emotional needs of young children and their parents

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Many SENCOS work with looked after children. The results of a consultation on proposals to help children in care suggest ways of improving support for these children

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Julie Leoni, head of emotional literacy at the Marches School in Shropshire, found her thoughts about attachment and trust challenged by the experience of acting as a support for a girl giving policy testimony about being sexually abused

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Question: How must a local authority assess the special educational needs of a child in its area? What is the extent of the duty? read more

Margaret Edgington highlights the importance of providing children with appropriate levels of risk and challenge to enable them to develop skills for learning and for life

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Joanne MacDonald describes an innovative approach to drugs education for young children

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Teaching regularly features in the top five most stressful occupations. Former headteacher Steve Mynard explains how to harness the positive effects of stress and prevent it causing physical and mental burnout read more

Jessica Peters of the charity YoungMinds lays some common myths about self-harm to rest and explains how schools can support the young people it affects

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What is the impact of long-term stress on your physical and mental wellbeing? Steve Mynard, editor of Primary Headship, reports read more

It will take understanding and patience to shape a situation where all schools focus as much on wellbeing as on attainment argues Colleen McLaughlin, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge read more

Yeading Junior in Hayes has evolved its strategy for putting emotional health and wellbeing at the centre of the curriculum. Headteacher Carole Jones describes how

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Dealing with cancer in PSHE can promote health and allay fears, says Chris Rushbrook read more

Graham Haydon responds to the prominence of wellbeing in the news

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Being more aware of mind and body is the key to managing stress says Steve Mynard read more

This sensitive area should be part of every setting’s PSE programme, says Margaret Collins

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What are the legal implications of greater collaborative working between education and health care professionals, asks Amelia Newbold read more

Philip Jones presents a case study and discusses the difficulties faced by schools when providing intimate care to pupils who have disabilities. read more

As schools open their doors to new categories of visitor, they must take an audit of risk and danger on the premises, writes Sarah Freeston. read more

Fred Redwood reports on a fitness profiling computer system for schools and colleges read more

In two respects the focus of education has shifted in the 2000s. read more

In his introduction to a new column, Dr Graham Haydon focuses on choice and discusses how the decisions we make influence our everyday life. read more

Recognising and minimising risk in the school environment is a vital part of a headteacher’s management role, says former head Roger Smith. read more

Unfortunately a large percentage of children have direct experience with divorce. Nikki Parker advises on how to help children young people cope with divorce and similar family disruptions

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Sima Goldsmith considers the environmental and financial implications of the sustainable schools agenda read more

In this article, Beverley Bailey outlines opportunites for working in healthcare. read more

James Park reflects on the progress of personal, social and health education in education today

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Andrew Chambers tackles young people’s binge drinking through a new resource. read more

Ruth Bradbury outlines the cost of staff absence to schools and explains how a range of practical measures can help staff to maintain a better attendance record for the benefit of themselves and the school.

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Jenni Whitehead discusses the issue of young people at risk of abuse through prostitution. read more

Antidote director James Park and development director Marilyn Tew describe the challenge that schools face if they are to address a decline in student wellbeing between Years 5 and 10

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Drawing on his personal and professional experiences, Mark Prever highlights how important it is for schools to actively seek ways to enhance the emotional wellbeing of their pupils. He also makes the case for pupils to have an entitlement to counselling

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The child who is sexually abusive needs treatment. A new report gives an overview of current thinking on the issue and makes recommendations for a national strategy. read more

Counselling is often touted as a solution to challenging behaviour and as a way of meeting needs that are beyond the scope of a school’s pastoral care mechanisms. But is it? Adrian King, independent health education consultant and qualified counsellor looks at what it can realistically deliver. read more

Claire Maxwell and Ian Warwick highlight some ways in which student mental health is being addressed in colleges of further education

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If Jane’s story was true she had to be removed from a situation where she was at risk. But if it wasn’t true, was there a danger of making things even worse? A former teacher describes the tensions generated by the problem

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A proposed change in the law would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco. Peter Downes discusses the implications for schools. read more

In an edited excerpt from his new book, clinical psychologist Steve Killick writes about the importance of listening to young people. read more

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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