About the Measuring Wellbeing in Schools project

As part of this project you will receive:

  • Support in administering the consent process for participating pupils
  • Access to a secure, online survey – the Wellbeing Measurement Framework
  • Analysis of survey responses from your school, benchmarked with schools from other areas from the research team at the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU; University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families) and the University of Manchester.

The Wellbeing Measurement Framework is a set of validated measures assessing pupils’ emotional wellbeing, mental health issues, coping strategies and risk and resilience factors.

Bespoke school feedback reports will review a number of areas, including pupils’ positive wellbeing, behavioural and emotional difficulties, the presence and strength of protective factors (such as perceived support at school, home and in the community), and ability to deal with stress and manage emotions. They will benchmark your school’s data against that of others in our sample to help gauge the strengths and challenges for your students and highlight areas to target for prevention or support.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent closure of schools, we are extending the survey for a further year. This will help to enable schools to better see trend data (i.e. how responses from students in the school are changing over time) and use it to gauge the impact of support they are providing to pupils.

Schools will be able to use survey data alongside other information that they hold about their pupils (e.g. age, gender, free school meal eligibility) to create a more nuanced picture of the psychological wellbeing and needs of their pupils.

Data gathered using the WMF can be used to send a positive message to parents that the school has the broader wellbeing of pupils at its core and can be used as evidence of good practice for Ofsted.

The wider context

This support is possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. As well as being fed back to participating schools, the survey data gathered will be used to inform a wider research project (HeadStart).

The aim of the research is to understand children and young peoples’ wellbeing so those working with them can improve the support that is provided. It is being led by the Evidence Based Practice Unit – UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (Professor Jessica Deighton) – working in collaboration with Child Outcomes Research Consortium (Kate Dalzell), the University of Manchester (Professor Neil Humphrey), and Common Room (Kate Martin). This research has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics committee (UCL Ethics number: 8097/003).

The overall project runs from September 2017 until the end of 2020. Surveys will take place annually starting in February 2018.