The INCLUSIVE trial reported in a recent Lancet paper that “Learning Together” a whole-school approach to preventing bullying and promoting adolescent health had a multitude of benefits among adolescents attending secondary schools in south-east England. The intervention comprised the use of restorative practices to address violence and conflict between students as well as student participation with staff on school ‘action groups’ to inform school policy, management and intervention coordination. As well as reductions in bullying, these included reductions in smoking, reductions in alcohol and drug use, and improved mental wellbeing and psychological functioning. However, effects for students of low socio-economic status were not greater than for other students. Effects for girls were not as great as for boys.
The PhD will aim to refine the Learning Together intervention, informed by secondary analysis of trial data, review of existing evidence and consultation with teachers and policy-makers. It will then aim to pilot any new or refined intervention components in a small number of case study schools to assess feasibility, acceptability, fidelity and reach.
Project-specific skills and experience required
Applicants should have qualification or experience in public health or educational research. Applicants should have qualifications or experience in mixed-method research ideally within intervention studies.
All candidates should hold a Master’s qualification (or complete their Master’s by September 2019) in an appropriate discipline and have a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree. Applicants should preferably have knowledge of the UK health and care system. All applicants are required to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should also be willing to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams.