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IOE academic wins funding for a project supporting pupils’ wellbeing

13 November 2018

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) academic Dr Amelia Roberts has been awarded a Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) pre-commercialisation grant for a project that will enable schools to better support pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Secondary school classroom

The Knowledge Exchange project, Supporting Wellbeing, Emotional Resilience & Learning (SWERL), will bring researchers and schools together to use research evidence directly in practice, create case studies grounded in real life problems, and feed findings back into the research evidence cycle via co-created knowledge.

Schools will receive training to share research themes and resources, including a unique school audit to assess current provision, and findings from the case studies will be shared with other schools to build upon. The project is designed as a scale-able, self-sustaining model.

SWERL will be implemented in Suffolk, partnering with the Unity Schools Partnership. Taking a holistic view of the child and of the school, SWERL will offer a meaningful way to equip schools to deal with mental health issues faced by their pupils. The programme has been developed and is run by the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education. 

Knowledge Exchange programmes can have significant impact on communities beyond academia and enable research to be commercialised, including through social enterprises. They are overseen by UCL Innovation & Enterprise.