The impact of DISCOVER

The DISCOVER programme has been delivered in over 35 schools in South London and South of England to date, including the sixth forms within the Harris Federation schools. Evaluation and student feedback are embedded in the approach.

A randomised controlled trial (RCT), by King's College London, and funded by Research for Patient Benefit; National Institute of Health Service Research (NIHR) has been conducted in ten schools in South London. Ten schools were involved in this research during 2014-5. Five schools’ student outcomes following the DISCOVER programme were compared with students in five comparison schools, whose students were awaiting the programme.

The results provided good evidence that after attending DISCOVER, students' anxiety and depression reduced  and their emotional resilience improved. Further details of our research and evaluations are available on request from the DISCOVER programme lead, Dr Irene Sclare on

Students and teachers have also identified that DISCOVER has had an impact on specific school and home behaviour and attitudes, including:

  • Increased ability to focus on and prioritise school work

  • Improved time management and problem solving

  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved capacity to deal with anxiety provoking situations

  • Improved interactions with peers and family

  • Better sleep and more daytime energy

What students have said What teachers have said

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