The impact of DISCOVER

The DISCOVER programme has been delivered and evaluated in over 35 schools in South London and South of England to date, including the sixth forms within the Harris Federation schools.

A Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT), by Kings College London, and funded by National Institute of Health Service Research (NIHR) has been conducted in ten schools in South London.  Five schools were randomised to receive the DISCOVER programme in autumn 2014. Their outcomes were compared with students in another five comparison schools, whose students then received the programme in Spring 2015. This provided good evidence that after attending DISCOVER, students anxiety and depression reduced  and emotional resilience improved.

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

Further details of our RCT are available on request.

The DISCOVER programme usually runs within the autumn or spring school terms, for around four months in total. We always schedule the programme in partnership with the school to fit timetables.

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