Self-Harm: A Teacher's perspective on the way forward

I have my fair share of scars but have never cut or burned myself on purpose. I did once punch a wall in utter frustration, following an argument with my girlfriend at the time. I can remember staring at my collapsed knuckle and the blood oozing down my trembling hand; I felt a curious mix of fascination and relief. The pain came later, but for a minute or two the mental chaos fell away and I found myself in a still, quiet and peaceful place. This is the closest I have come to being able to understand 'self harm' - the strategic use of physical pain to temporarily relieve mental anguish.

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Crush Your First Challenge Before Breakfast!

Most students drag themselves out of bed with their alarm screaming. They begrudgingly climb into their uniform and slump downstairs to eat breakfast while still in a semi-stupor. By the time they step outside to face the day, they've already missed one of the best opportunities to improve their health, boost their mental focus and develop physical and mental resilience. If they invested just five minutes of that first hour to perform the simple routine outlined below, they would see huge gains in their academic and personal life.

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Build Your Life resume and Get an Edge on the Competition

Are you just the sum total of the qualifications you have achieved to date? Does Grade 5 piano, a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and a clutch of exam grades capture the complexity of you? Somehow I doubt it! And yet, when it comes to university and college applications or job interviews, those who are sitting across the desk from you will have little else to go on if you have just submitted the standard UCAS form or curriculum vitae. So, don't fit in - stand out, by also handing over your 'life resume'.

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Pandora on Speed Dial - Surviving the Smartphone Pandemic

Tech is here to stay and I am not one of those teachers who insists that we should return to the 'good old days' when phones only made calls. The smartphone revolution has empowered learners and is forcing educators to evolve in response to a world where all human knowledge is a few clicks away. Such power, however, is a little like the fire that Prometheus stole from the Gods - it promises almost divine agency, but can be as much a curse as it is a gift.

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The 'Educational Wonder Drug' and how to get a free lifetime supply

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? But what if I told you that not only is 'Tests of Life Cure-all' elixir real, but I can provide it to you free of charge. It has no negative side effects and is scientifically proven in repeated studies to improve student learning and mental wellbeing with almost 100% efficacy for those who commit to the treatment process? Would you at least be willing to give it a try?

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