Self harming students #safeguarding #WeeklyBlogChallenge17

Teaching and supporting a student who self harms can be tough. ****** joined my school when she was in the sixth form. Intelligent and talented she was a hardworking student. She joined, disclosing issues and accessing support through CAMH although her previous school only highlighted concerns with her attendance record. At the end of the […]

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Pupils stress # safeguarding #PSHE #MH

Exams always bring a mixture of emotions. We have just finished our end of tests and the footfall into the health centre to use the support system we have in place increased. I always tell the Health Centre staff that they are a victim of their own success, with the increase in pupils showing the […]

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Why running is good for my #Mental Health #PSHE @MindCharity

Last year my back started to play up. The physio suggested that I stop running. If I am honest I wasn’t running as much as I would have liked but I was still managing to go out twice a week. The problem came when I needed to look left and right to check no cars […]

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Ok so we have raised awareness for #MH, now what? #safeguarding

Reflecting back on mental health awareness week has been interesting. Students seem to feel more confident talking about mental health issues, good and bad. In fact I overheard some year 9 students talking at lunch about how one of them had found out they had social anxiety after a visit to the doctor. He was […]

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6th form goodbye gifts – Mindfulness #MH

My U6th have had their last lessons, leavers service and end of term fun. Now the exams start and for many of them this means the start of the stress. I particularly notice this is the boarding  house. Even the students who aren’t that bothered are influence by those who take it very seriously, with […]

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Are schools therapeutic or academic institutions? #MH

A tweet by Andrew Old ‏@oldandrewuk got me thinking. “The continuing reaction to the Natasha Devon saga does suggest many still think schools are therapeutic rather than academic institutions.” Got me thinking…… a lot. I wanted to disagree with him, wanted to argue that you can’t separate the two, that a happy and healthy child […]

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Why are more students suffering from anxiety? # MH

As DSL I hope that safeguarding issues aren’t trends. Recently though more and more students have told me that they are suffering from anxiety, and to be specific “social anxiety”. Obviously it is the revision and examination period, however after talking to pupils, that doesn’t seem to be the most common cause. Surprising assemblies is […]

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Mental Health and Behaviour in school

The department for education updated the Mental Health and behaviour in schools in March. It is departmental advice and should be read along side with “Mental Health problems in children and young people” and “Counselling in schools : a blueprint for the future”. I suddenly feel like I am writing a school policy but sometimes […]

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