Part of the How to Help series of books exploring issues commonly faced by children and young people at home and at school, Teenage School Difficulties offers a complete introduction to the pitfalls of navigating secondary education while at the same time facing the ordeals of adolescence. When young people are coping with issues at school, whether it be an obvious challenge such as increased workload or a more personal one such as family illness, the playing field becomes less even for them and they can easily lose out with long-term consequences. Furthermore, every individual is different and requires personalised support. Using case studies to share practical advice based on years of first-hand experience managing these issues in real schools, Joyce Nisbet and Jennie Guise explore why it is crucial for everyone involved to pull in the same direction – and how parents, carers, teachers and schools can help.
Publication: Dec 2021
Table of Contents
Series Preface; About the Authors;
Authors’ Preface; How to Use This Book
Part 1: Introduction
- What are teenage school difficulties? 2. Guidance and Alternative Education; 3. Principles, policies and practices; 4. Provisions and collaborations; Ten key things to know about teenage school difficulties
Part 2: Primary school and transition issues
- Primary school; 6. Teenage transitions; 7. Transitioning to High School; 8. Organisation
Part 3: High School and education issues
- Increased workload; 10. Course choice; 11. Disengagement; 12. Absenteeism; 13. School refusal; 14, Post-school options
Part 4: Personal and health issues
- Illness and disability; 16. Mental health; 17. Self-esteem; 18. Sexual health; 19. Eating disorders; 20. Self-harm; 21. Dependency
Part 5: Interpersonal issues
- Friendships; 23. Bullying; 24. Cyberbullying; 25. Peer pressure; 26. The ‘quiet victim’; 27. Separation and divorce; 28. Financial problems; 29. Bereavement and loss; 30. Young carers
Part 6: Conclusion
- Summary; 32. A last word to parents and carers; 33. A last word to teachers and schools
About the Topic
The issues that young people can experience as they try to make their way through secondary education while simultaneously undergoing the challenges of adolescence are many and varied. More obvious ones relate to the transition to a bigger school with more subjects and teachers, more peers, greater burden of homework and so on. Others may be much more personal – for example mental health issues or family divorce.
While some of these problems may resolve themselves over time, all are likely to have at least a short-term impact on the wellbeing and educational performance of the individual and all are likely to be beyond the young person’s emotional experience to resolve by themselves. It is therefore critical that parents, carers, teachers and schools identify warning signs and provide tailored support where appropriate.