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Healthy Minds Project

Healthy Minds Project

The national Healthy Minds project is being led by How to Thrive in partnership with the London School of Economics.

Healthy Minds is a unique and exciting research project that will follow 10,000 secondary school students for 4 years. The research aims to evidence the link between emotionally stable, self-efficacious students and improved behaviour and academic attainment in school.

33 secondary schools are involved in the Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) that will capture the impact of teaching a specific curriculum for one lesson per week from year 7 through to year 10. Teachers from the 33 schools are involved in extensive, specialist training (facilitated by How to Thrive) to assist in the delivery of the personal, social and health lessons.

The schools participating include academies, grammar, faith and free schools as well as a special school. The schools are based in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Wolverhampton.

A school participating in the project recently received a surprise Ofsted Inspection and the Director of Learning stated:

"Ofsted were impressed with our commitment to put PSHE back on the curriculum through the How to Thrive scheme."
Jason Feldwick, a Headteacher at St Augustine in Kent stated:
"Developing emotional resilience is key to helping students reach their academic potential. Ofsted did refer that our students needed to develop more self-confidence and belief that they could become successful individuals. This project offers expert, intensive, free training for staff, and support that is useful as part of, and beyond the project. Importantly being involved offers our students the opportunity to develop emotional vocabulary, empathy and self-worth."
To find out more information, visit How To Thrive's website: Healthy Minds