The role of social and emotional skills in narrowing the gap: To what extent can interventions targeting social and emotional skills improve education

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Social Science


There is good evidence that children's social and emotional skills such as self-control, resilience, self-perceptions and social skills are associated with a range of positive outcomes at school and later in life. However, few robust studies in the UK have explored the extent to which such skills can be changed through intervention, and no experimental studies in UK schools have assessed the impact of reported changes to social and emotional skills on long-term outcomes. Despite growing enthusiasm in education policy and practice to prioritise such skills (recently under the concept of 'character'), evidence on their malleability and causal relationship with other outcomes is limited.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
ES/R500951/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2021
1947427 Studentship ES/R500951/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2022 Matthew Van Poortvliet
ES/P000592/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2027
1947427 Studentship ES/P000592/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2022 Matthew Van Poortvliet