Social and Emotional Education and Development

Social and Emotional Education and Development

MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit



Welcome to our new website!

5th February 2014

We have just launched our Resource Guide for intervention schools. Feel free to browse the resources and get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Why are we doing the study?

Improved social and emotional wellbeing during primary school years has been shown to improve health and academic performance and protect against risk behaviours in later years. However there is little evidence about which school-based programmes are most effective, particularly in the UK. This study is one of the first rigorous evaluations of primary school interventions to promote social and emotional wellbeing in the UK.

Who is carrying out the research?

The evaluation of the SEED programme is being undertaken by a team of experienced researchers led by Dr Marion Henderson at the Medical Research Council’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (MRC SPHSU), University of Glasgow. SEED researchers Sarah Tweedie and Susie Smillie are responsible for the day to day management of the project. The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a key funder of large-scale, high quality, UK public health research and involves an international team of co-applicants. The MRC SPHSU is a recognised centre of health-related social science research. It has multi-disciplinary research staff with considerable expertise in health related research. The Unit has played a leading role in the study of young people's health and lifestyle for many years.

For more information on the researchers, please visit our website or contact us using the links on the left.