child mental health

From rabbits and guinea pigs to goats and chickens, schools with pets are providing a multitude of benefits for pupils across the UK – and we don’t just mean free eggs.

Science topics on living things are made more engaging, PSHCE is enhanced through the use of values such as responsibility and resilience, while mental health benefits are seen at schools with pets which are used to nurture children with emotional and social needs.

Cath Hunter is a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and author with over 30 years’ experience of working with schools, children and families. Here, she discusses reflective language and its impact on children with behavioural issues…

The Timpson Review on school exclusions has been published, with 30 recommendations for change. Recommendations include making settings more accountable for school exclusions in an “effective and fair way” and offering more guidance and tools to teachers, writes QA Education editor Victoria Galligan.

A £10million crackdown on poor behaviour also formed part of the key measures which are being taken by the Government in a bid to reduce exclusions.

Schools across the UK are dealing with a mental health epidemic, with both primary and secondary school leaders reporting a rise in stress, anxiety and panic attacks in their pupils as well as depression, self-harm and eating disorders. Here, Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of The Centre for Child Mental Health and Trauma Informed Schools UK discusses what schools can do to spot and avert mental health issues.