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SHTAC awarded funding for research into teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools

Published: 2 June 2011
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SHTAC has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Public Health Research programme for an 18 month research project, comprising a survey and systematic review of the coverage of health and well-being in teacher training programmes.

Work has begun on an 18 month project entitled ‘Factors facilitating and constraining the delivery of effective teacher training to promote health and well-being in schools - a survey of current practice and systematic review'. 

Teachers play an increasingly important role in promoting the health and well-being of children and young people. For example, Personal Social and Health Education is taught in schools to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills to deal with a range issues they face as they grow up. However, there is a lack of up to date research on how teachers acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in this role. This project aims to look at the most effective ways in which teachers, both trainees and qualified, can be trained and supported to promote health and well-being in schools.

The project comprises a survey, using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, of a sample of initial teacher training providers across England to assess the extent to which health and well-being is covered in training, and to identify examples of initiatives which have been found to be successful.  A systematic review will be conducted of the effectiveness of interventions, and of the barriers / facilitators of teacher training around health and well-being..  Recommendations will be made for effective approaches to addressing health and well-being in teacher training, and for further research.

The project is a collaboration between SHTAC, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Medical Statistics, the School of Education at the University of Southampton, and the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University.

Further details can be found on the Public Health Research programme website.

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