The Teacher Connectedness Project

This project studies wellbeing in the schools with an emphasis on student-teacher relationships and their importance for wellbeing for secondary school students. The project website includes a description of the project and its aims. From the project were produced a briefing for teachers, and a brief paper about students’ and teachers’ views about PSHE education.

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Further publications linked to this project in scientific journals include:

In or Out – A Slice of What we Eat

One such study, led by Prof. Wendy Wills considers Food provision in later life: A study about people’s experiences of getting food in the UK, and this short film, funded by a UH impact grant, brings to life research on food and drink purchasing ‘beyond the school gate’.

This film helps illustrate findings from research led by Dr Wendy Wills from the University of Hertfordshire that involved more than 600 13-15 year olds to explore out why many young people go ‘beyond the school gate’ at lunchtime to buy food and drink.

Health Behaviour in School Aged Children

Research into children’s health and health behaviours and the factors influencing them is essential for the development of effective health education and health promotion policy.

Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) is a WHO study carried out in a large number of countries in Europe and North America. It aims to gain new insight into adolescent health behaviours, health and lifestyles in their social context.

HBSC represents the longest running international study that focuses on the health behaviour and social context of young people. The study was initiated in 1982 by researchers from three countries and shortly afterwards the project was adopted by the World Health Organization as a WHO collaborative study. There are now 43 participating countries and regions. England has been represented in the past three survey cycles (since 1997). You can find a link to the HBSC England webpage here.

Bullying and Young People

Kayleigh Chester from the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care is a research assistant and is studying for a PhD in adolescent and child health. Kayleigh has published the following articles about the impact of bullying.

Chester, K. (2018). Bullying isn’t just verbal or physical – it can also be social, and this can have the worst effects. The Conversation.

Chester, K. (2017). Schools need to wake up to relational bullying. Schools Week.