Category: Students

Warning: this post contains discussion of anxiety and depression, abuse, suicide, and self harm University is an extremely tough time for a lot of people. Whether you suffer from mental health issues or not, you’re almost guaranteed to suffer from various symptoms of common mental health problems. Whether its sleep...

When I first began teaching at an alternative provider, it was August. It was post-16 year olds, totalling at 14 kids being split in to two groups. In that group, two had autism. Three had ADHD. Many had come from SEN specialty schools, and this change in environment was challenging for them. The small group was good...

“The big problem today, of course, is how to stop our kids voting,” Ron Liddle wrote in his column for The Sun on Wednesday. “You just know they’ll do the wrong thing. Wander down to the polling booth with their scatty heads full of unicorn tears and marshmallows.” By Friday morning, though, it was clear that 18-25 year...

  As someone who passionately voted to Remain in the EU, along with millions of others, I was left distraught by the Brexit victory. In the days and weeks immediately following the referendum, I engaged in debates and dialogue with my fellow Remainers surrounding the disturbingly narrow margin by which the vote was...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that jokes about trigger warnings intend to mock the perceived ‘sensitivities’ of others: people have to be exaggerating, when they disclose triggers that only means they will feel slightly upset or frustrated or awkward if the subject arises, right? As a student living with...

I heaved a sigh of relief when it was announced that sex and relationship education was to be made compulsory in schools. But before we start, let’s take a look at what they’re learning. I present to you two pamphlets: ‘4 Boys’ and ‘4 Girls’ – these were originally published in 2004, but are still distributed to schools...

Mrs Andrews has been teaching for over 30 years – always in local senior school comprehensives. She began as a Home Economics teacher and later taught Food Technology, Child Development, and Health and Social Care.   How long have you been teaching sex education? Well, I’ve given students information about sex when...

Dear Anxiety and Depression, As the two of you live together, I hope you don’t mind that I don’t write to you both separately. I also apologise that it’s taken me so long to reply to your messages. You get in touch so often and yet I don’t ever get the opportunity to respond. Well today that changes. We’ve had a very...

Dear Sophie, Life doesn’t go the way you’ve planned it. Life is a rollercoaster and you’ve just got to ride it with the strength you’ve developed over the years. Things change and dreams grow bigger. You won’t be ready to go to university at the age of 18 and that scares you. You question why, but deep down you know....

Journalism. By its very nature is busy. It’s hectic, pressured and unrelenting at times. That’s what my mind is like too – daily. I have thoughts of death, injury and harm racing through my head constantly. Thoughts that I don’t want and can’t stop no matter how hard I try. That’s just the voice of my Obsessive...