About Unit for School and Family Studies

We work with schools and families in the local area, nationwide across the UK and internationally.

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As a group, our research profile is diverse and inter-disciplinary. Our main areas of current work are:

  • Understanding antisocial and disruptive behaviour in the classroom; by profiling strengths and weaknesses in students at risk of social and academic exclusion, and by evaluating intervention strategies for children attending schools for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Bullying and social inclusion in schools: understanding bullying and violence in schools and the success of different anti-bullying strategies; investigations into cyberbullying; profiling social, emotional and behavioural correlates of direct and indirect bullying behaviours; comparative work on bullying in England and globally, including Europe, India, Australia and Japan.
  • Understanding the development of social behaviour during the pre-school period, through longitudinal studies with parents; and an evaluation of Tales Toolkit, a novel method of teaching social problem-solving in pre-school.

Further information and published papers are available via the Unit's research and members pages.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these projects or joining the Unit, please contact a.jones (@gold.ac.uk).