Coronavirus: supporting year-to-year transitionYou'll need to collect more pastoral information about pupils in handover meetings at the end of this school year, so you can best support them in September. Get advice on who to involve in these meetings and download our checklist for what to cover. Plus, get ideas to familiarise pupils with their new teachers and environment remotely, and see examples of transition policies from other schools.
Primary to secondary transition: strategiesIs there guidance on supporting pupils to make the transition between primary and secondary school? We look at research on successful transition between primary and secondary schools. You will also find examples of transition strategies from primary and secondary schools.
Transition: reception to year 1How can we ease transition from reception to year 1? We relay DfE guidance on how to ensure transition from the early years to year 1 is successful, and outline key points from research on this topic. You will also find ideas on strategies and techniques to use to smooth transition for pupils.
Transition visits for special schools: questionsWhat questions should we ask on transition visits for pupils starting at a special school? One of The Key's associate education experts and a representative from nasen suggest questions for staff to ask during transition visits to current schools.
Welcome packs for pupils and parentsAre there examples of welcome packs for new parents and pupils? In this article, we link to examples of welcome and induction packs for parents from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find examples of welcome packs for new pupils.
Boosting pupils' self-esteemHow can we boost pupils' self-esteem? This article looks at guidance on promoting pupils' mental health and wellbeing, and ideas and resources you can use in school. We also link to advice on helping parents boost their child's confidence and supporting pupils to improve their own self-esteem.
Developing academic resilience in schoolHow can we develop academic resilience among pupils? We explain what academic resilience is and schools’ role in promoting it. This article also looks at how to identify and support pupils at risk of low wellbeing and strategies schools can use to promote resilience among individuals and all pupils.
Implementing mindfulness in schoolsIs there information on how to introduce mindfulness in schools? This article looks at guidance on implementing mindfulness and practical tips from teachers. We also look at how schools have introduced mindfulness as a part of the curriculum.
Online safety in schoolsProformas for recording an incident, our summary of the statutory guidance, advice from our experts on online filtering and more.
Personal education plans (PEPs) for looked after childrenWhich pupils need a personal education plan? All looked after children (LAC) should have a personal education plan (PEP). You will find information on who is responsible for initiating PEPs, the role of the virtual school head (VSH), what PEPs should contain and arrangements for reviewing them.
Providing free period products in school: guidance and toolsKnow the ins and outs of the DfE's free period product scheme, like how it's funded and how to order tampons and pads. Download our consultation pack to help you gather views from parents and pupils, and use our poster to alert pupils to the signs of toxic shock syndrome.
Pupils with SEN: supporting mental healthSupport the mental health of pupils with SEN using strategies such as enabling pupil voice and developing emotional self-management. We also link to special school wellbeing policies.
Solve car chaos at the school gatesSchools in London, Birmingham, Sheffield and York now close their road at peak times to make drop-off and pick-up safer and calmer. Here's how you, too, could lose the traffic to protect your pupils, even in the most congested town or city.
Supporting a pupil with more complex mental health needsHow can we support a pupil with complex mental health problems? We relay advice from a charity on understanding a pupil's mental health needs, and helping parents to access support. We also refer to a case study from the DfE and link to mental health charities offering services in schools.
Supporting pupils who are transThis article will help you comply with your legal responsibility to support pupils who are trans or gender questioning. It covers language and pronouns, recording name and gender, uniform, toilet arrangements, and combating bullying.
Enforcing a healthy packed lunch policyHow can we enforce a healthy packed lunch policy? In this article, we look at whether schools can remove food from pupils' lunchboxes, or must allow pupils to eat snacks between meals. We also refer to examples of how schools enforce their healthy packed lunch policies.
Free school meals (FSM): eligibilityFind out the current eligibility criteria for free school meals (FSM), and learn about the transitional protections in place during the Universal Credit rollout period.
School food standardsFind out what the standards are, and when your school has to follow them. Also, see what you're expected to do to make sure you're meeting the requirements.