Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

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  1. 1. Raising the Achievement of Bilingual Learners in Primary Schools

    United Kingdom, 2004 - Still operating

    The practice was implemented in primary schools across the UK and consists in embedding and strengthening well-established English as Additional Language (EAL) pedagogy with the aim of raising achievement of bilingual learners, and increasing teacher confidence in meeting the needs of bilingual pupils. The practice consists of a wide range of teaching approaches that can be tailored to the needs of the school or teacher. It is not a new practice, although it is innovative in emphasising certain existing elements of EAL practice which are not common, such as enabling children to use their first language to learn.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice


  • 2. Online parenting support: Positive parents (Educar en positivo)

    Spain, Unknown - Still operating

    The ‘Positive parents’ platform is an online parenting programme that seeks to help parents improve their parenting skills and their relationship with their children. This practice has been implemented and evaluated in Spain.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice

  • 3. Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP)

    United Kingdom, 2011 - Still operating

    Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP) is a universal school-based intervention aiming to reduce alcohol use by adolescents – in particular, heavy episodic drinking and alcohol-related harms. The programme consists of a ten-lesson classroom-based curriculum and an information session for parents and carers, followed by information leaflets.

    Evidence level:  Promising Practice

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  • 4. Classroom-based cognitive behaviour therapy to prevent anxiety (FRIENDS programme)

    United Kingdom, 2011 - Still operating

    The FRIENDS protocol is designed to be delivered in both clinical and educational settings by teachers, psychologists, and allied health professionals. The programme is a manualised cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) intervention. It is based on the principles of CBT and aims to help children develop skills to counter the cognitive, emotional, and behavioural aspects of anxiety. It seeks to teach children to develop emotional awareness and regulation skills, identify and replace cognitions that increase anxiety with more balanced and functional ways of thinking, and to develop problem-solving skills to confront and cope with situations and events that provoke anxiety.

    Evidence level:  Promising Practice

  • 5. FearNot!: a computer based anti-bulling programme designed to foster peer intervention

    United Kingdom, Germany, 2007 - Unknown

    The practice FearNot! is a virtual learning anti-bullying intervention. The main aim of the practice is to help victims escape victimization, reduce overall bullying by reducing the number of bullies and at the same time increase the number of new defenders.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice

  • 6. Parenting Skills Program (PSP)

    Spain, 2011 - Still operating

    PSP is a group-based parenting programme that aims to improve parenting skills and parent social support, reduce parenting stress and children’s problem behaviours. To achieve this, the programme provides parents with support to develop assertive communication and conflict resolution skills, strengthen empathy, emotional self-regulation and parental confidence, and improve parents’ understanding of child development and child behaviour management.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice

  • 7. Parenting UR Teen

    United Kingdom, 2010 - 2012

    'Parenting UR Teen' is a group-based parenting programme that aims to enhance family relationships, parental wellbeing and teen social functioning by promoting authoritative parenting style. The programme built on previous research findings suggesting that authoritative parenting practices, such as use of firm control and rational discipline, are associated with a number of positive outcomes: for example, better school performance, less delinquent behavior and enhanced emotional and social competence. The programme was delivered in eight weeks and incorporated weekly sessions on various topics including: parenting styles, teen development, self-esteem, conflict, problem solving. Evidence on the effectiveness of the 'Parenting UR Teen’ programme comes from one randomised controlled study that was run in Northern Ireland with 145 parents from a wide range of economic backgrounds. The evaluation results indicate that the programme is beneficial for parents in terms of improved overall well-being and that it also had positive impact on their child’s behavior and their family functioning as a whole.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice

  • 8. Parents under Pressure (PuP)

    United Kingdom, 2012 - Still operating

    Parents under Pressure (PuP) is a programme for parents who face multiple adversities, including dependence on psychoactive drugs or alcohol. PuP contains 12 modules delivered over 20 weeks, including one-to-one sessions with the PUP therapist at family’s home and additional support, e.g., housing or legal advice, based on family needs. PuP aims to develop a safe and nurturing relationship between child and caregiver and thus reduce likelihood of child abuse.

    Evidence level:  Promising Practice

  • 9. School-based intervention for obesity prevention: the children study

    Greece, 2004 - 2006

    The programme builds on prior findings that school-based prevention against obesity using awareness raising can lead to significant reduction in obesity through better self-discipline in the long-run. At the same time, the study acknowledges that understanding the social and environmental factors that influence children’s behaviour is important.

    Evidence level:  Emergent Practice

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