The Department for Education has commissioned Ecorys UK to undertake an independent evaluation of the Peer Support Programme.
The programme has been externally evaluated by Ecorys - reporting both quantitatively and qualitatively on the impact the project has had on young people’s emotional and educational outcomes.
The evaluation had three main aims:
- to understand how schools, go about delivering peer support to support children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in order to produce a range of replicable models for different contexts
- to provide sufficient detail and quality so schools, colleges and youth groups can readily access and adopt these models with some confidence that programmes may work in their setting; and,
- to deliver research findings in a manner that is accessible to schools, colleges and youth organisations.
Findings from wave 1
Many thanks again to all schools and colleges who took part in the surveys and interviews during wave 1.
Wave 2 evaluation
The evaluation involved the following activities:
- Pupil surveys - including both mentors and mentees.
- Participatory tools – to collect any examples of feedback or self-evaluation including peer support diaries and visual tools
- Case study visits - a small number of schools were approached to host a visit, where a member of the evaluation team spoke with pupils and staff.
The full evidence and impact report will be released in October 2019.