Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

Our beloved Philip Schofield has just hosted another raucous British Soap Awards and the usual best dressed / worst dressed nonsense has hit the headlines again. But the soaps do a lot more for us than generating gossip on the cobbles, leaving us hanging with duff-duffer moments and making us gasp for breath as something … Continue reading Soap fan and proud: Why TV soaps have a crucial role in education

How should we talk about mental health in schools – Metro

Given I'm not the expert on this, I spoke to a couple of brilliant people who know what they are talking about for my latest Metro piece. Natasha Devon, MBE - an incredibly proactive mental health campaigner who writes for the Times Educational Supplement, and Claire Kelly, a director from the Mindfulness in Schools project. … Continue reading How should we talk about mental health in schools – Metro

It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…child

It’s my last column for Standard Issue – *sniff* – so I thought I’d do something a little bit different. During the past six months, I’ve talked to a comedian, an actor, a writer, a PR person, a public speaker, a former commando, a young globetrotter, a teacher, a hipster, a naughty elf  and a political strategist. But today, I’m going to … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…child

It’s time to start speaking to children about mental health

Last week marked the final hearing in the joint inquiry into the role of education in children's mental health. Among the issues discussed in the inquiry were awareness, training for teachers and support for pupils.  I want to focus on that first point. Awareness. Read this article in the independent. For more, follow me on … Continue reading It’s time to start speaking to children about mental health