Commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE), we are undertaking this project in partnership with NatCen.
The work involves a national survey of schools, colleges and providers of alternative education, about the provision they offer to promote character education and to support the mental health of pupils (both primary and secondary) and students.
We will also carry out case studies in 20 settings and regional workshops to allow school and college practitioners to share learning and experiences in developing these aspects of their provision.
To provide a detailed national picture of what schools, colleges and providers of alternative education are offering or plan to develop and to understand why and how they offer character education and mental health support and the facilitators and barriers to developing provision.
We also want to improve our understanding of how the outcomes of provision are monitored and where there may be gaps in provision for children and young people with regard to their mental health and well-being, will be other lines of inquiry.
A mixture of surveys and case studies involving interviews and focus groups.
An expert project advisory group has been recruited by DfE to support delivery of the project.
A report will be available in Summer 2017.