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Unfortunately, given the current circumstances, we are no longer able to carry out the Stand Together (KiVa) research project on the current timetable with randomised schools delivering KiVa over this coming school year (2020/2021). However, we think that the trial and it’s implications for child mental health are very important and we are hoping to run the trial next year (school year 2021/2022). We are currently exploring this plan with our stakeholders and will provide further updates when we have more clarity on the situation. We are very pleased with the progress of the project and are happy that many of the schools that we had recruited are keen to remain involved.

If you would like more information, please contact a member of the study team. Thank you to all who have helped us with the Stand Together project so far, we really appreciate your support

Stand Together: Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Schools

Recruiting Primary Schools in Birmingham!

CEDAR, (alongside researchers at Bangor, Cardiff, Exeter, and Oxford Universities), are very excited to be launching a study into the effectiveness of the KiVa anti-bullying intervention. This research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and will include 116 schools across England and Wales.

KiVa is a research informed, school based, anti-bullying intervention. The intervention is heavily related to the content of the English Personal Social Health (PSHE) curriculum, and the ‘Personal Development’ and ‘Leadership and Management’ Ofsted areas. It is focused on preventing and addressing cases of bullying, as well as promoting friendships and building children’s social skills. It has been proven to be effective in large scale trials run in Finland, as well as research in Wales and Italy, and is well-liked by teachers and pupils. The core KiVa curriculum involves delivering class lessons (fortnightly or monthly) on topics such as bullying, reflecting on emotions, and bystander behaviours. The intervention also includes training select staff as KiVa coordinators, and wider whole school elements, such as conducting assemblies and displaying KiVa posters around the school.

We have up to 30 places for interested mainstream, state funded primary schools in Birmingham to participate in this study. The KiVa curriculum lessons would be delivered in Key Stage 2 classes, and so to participate schools need to have 2 or more KS2 classes.

Schools taking part would be randomly allocated into either the intervention group (who would receive KiVa training and would use KiVa in the 2020/21 school year) or a control group. The costs of training and delivering this intervention would be covered by the research funding. Also, all schools would receive up to maximum of £308 for helping researchers to gather information for study evaluation. Please see the infographic on this page for more information.

If you are interested, please get in touch with:

Catherine Stanford

Telephone: 07384231421

Further information can also be found by following the Stand Together Trial on Twitter (@Stand_2gether)