School is the most important place outside of the home for children and young people and, as such, plays a crucial role in helping to shape their health and wellbeing. There is a growing demand for evidence to assist schools to promote health and wellbeing ever more effectively. However, the gaps in professional culture and organisational priorities, between researchers and school practitioners, which contribute to limiting the quality of research about child health.

The trial programme, between UCL and Swiss Cottage Special School and its teaching school alliance (TSA), sought first to understand the gap better from the university research perspective. This then informed the design of a programme of parallel professional development between early career researchers (ECRs) at UCL and middle leaders from schools involved in the Swiss Cottage TSA.

Trial Research Development Programme for Aspiring Research Leaders and Aspiring School Leaders

School is the most important place outside of the home for children and young people and, as such, plays a crucial role in helping to shape their health and wellbeing. There is a growing demand for evidence to assist schools to promote health and wellbeing ever more effectively. However, the gaps in professional culture and organisational priorities, between researchers and school practitioners, which contribute to limiting the quality of research about child health.

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