INSPIRE - Years 4, 5, 7 & 8

The INSPIRE project will involve Year 7 and 8 pupils in 64 secondary schools and Year 4 and 5 pupils in 160 primary schools across England, split between four hubs:

  • London,
  • Greater Manchester
  • Bristol/Bath
  • Durham 

Schools participating in the INSPIRE trial will be randomly allocated to one of four conditions in October 2018:

1. Mindfulness 

This intervention is based on delivering mindfulness-based skills with a particular emphasis on activities which focus on the mind, the body and the world. It will be delivered by trained schools professionals.

2. Relaxation 

This intervention is based on delivering relaxation-based skills, with a particular focus on deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation techniques. It will be delivered by trained school professionals.

3. Strategies for Safety and Wellbeing 

This programme has been influenced by the Protective Behaviours approach. The focus is on mental health awareness within the context of developing safety behaviours and identifying and accessing appropriate support networks. It consists of eight consecutive weekly lessons which are delivered by a trained school professional.

4. Usual Practice

Schools allocated to the Usual Practice group will not be required to deliver a specific mental health intervention during the programme (June 2018 – Jan 2020). These schools will complete all other aspects of the INSPIRE project (e.g. completing surveys with pupils and teachers) and will be compared to those delivering Mindfulness, Relaxation and Strategies for Safety & Wellbeing, helping us examine the effects of each mental health intervention. 

Following completion of the project (after February 2020) Usual Practice schools will be offered up to five places for staff on a mental health and wellbeing training.