1st Edition

All the Things They Never Told You About Teaching Facilitating Conversations Around Sensitive Topics With Our Learners

By Marie Greenhalgh, Poppy Gibson Copyright 2025
    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    Many teachers do not feel confident in their role, particularly as they are increasingly expected to address topics with their pupils that they feel ill-equipped to deal with. Co-authored by two highly experienced educators, All The Things They Never Told You About Teaching is an essential guide, supporting teachers in navigating those tricky, taboo subjects that sit outside of the national curriculum and may not have been fully explored during their teacher training.

    Each chapter unpacks and addresses a range of ‘myths’ and ‘truths’ behind these subjects in an accessible manner, helping teachers to develop their understanding and facilitate compassionate conversations about these topics. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Mental health
    • Bullying
    • Neurodiversity
    • Gender diversity
    • Sex and relationships
    • Climate crisis

    A must read for anyone working in education, this book guides educators through sensitively addressing difficult topics within the classroom, creative a more compassionate and supportive learning environment for all.

    1. Introduction;  2. Mental Health in our schools;  3. Death, loss and grief;  4. Self harm;  5. Eating Disorders;  6. Suicide Prevention and Awareness;  7. Bullying;  8. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND);  9. Neurodiversity;  10. Social Media;  11. Poverty and child poverty;  12. Climate Crisis;  13. Refugees;  14. Gender Diversity and Sexual orientation;  15. Sex and relationships;  16. Toxic masculinity;  17. Abuse;  18. Grooming;  19. Addiction and stealing;  20. Hate Crimes;  21. Absence;  22. Suspensions and detentions;  23. Your own welfare;  24. The importance of a mentor or coach;  Index


    Marie Greenhalgh holds over 15 years of experience building programs and education provisions that support young people with SEND and mental health needs. Previously, she was Headteacher of a college providing specialist support.

    Poppy Gibson is a researcher and Lecturer in Primary Education with The Open University. She also holds over a decade of experience teaching in primary schools.