Institute of Education


Supporting Wellbeing, Emotional Resilience and Learning (SWERL)

Enhance and support the wellbeing and mental health of staff and pupils in your school.

SWERL is a knowledge-exchange programme, bringing together research and practitioner expertise to: 

  • Develop a systematic whole school approach to wellbeing and mental health through scrutiny of school routines, understanding staff support and training needs and examining effectiveness of interventions, policies and communication systems.
  • Implement creative ideas such as new approaches to playtime; build better understanding between staff members in different roles and explore lesson starters to reduce anxiety .
  • Use a graduated response to need to support early identification of mental health needs.
  • Equip professionals with the evidence-base for improving their everyday professional practice and working collaboratively to apply this knowledge to each unique setting.

Who is SWERL for?

The programme is for a team of three staff members from Primary or Secondary Schools, post-16 and Alternative Provision committed to supporting whole school wellbeing consisting of: 

  • Headteacher/member of senior leadership team
  • School Mental Health Lead, SENCO, Inclusion Manager, Governor, School Counsellor
  • Enthusiastic teacher or HLTA

What people say: 

From the onset, I knew SWERL was the project we were looking for. We benefited from the high quality audit and review material, current research-informed practice, an extremely knowledgeable and supportive facilitator who coached us and developed our learning throughout. We also had the opportunity to network with other schools. Our SWERL project was a great success and will continue to improve practice in our school."
Assistant Headteacher, Primary School, London

More information

Contact us at inclusive.education@ucl.ac.uk