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PATHS Plus (Barnardo’s)

In-school service delivered by teachers focusing on social skills and emotion recognition.

Project summary

  • Funding awarded: £1,456,584
  • Duration of programme: 4 years
  • Number of beneficiaries: 32,000
  • Replication areas (England): London
  • Replication areas (Northern Ireland): Belfast
  • Replication areas (Scotland): Renfrewshire
  • Replication areas (Wales): Swansea
  • Partners: Prevention Research Centre and Child Study Centre

Intervention: Barnardo’s PATHS Plus

PATHS has been used widely with children from 5 to 11-years-old in mainstream school settings, working across the whole of the school.

Friendship Groups target higher-risk children displaying emotional, behavioural or social problems in school or community settings.

PATHS and Friendship Groups programmes will be implemented in primary schools, in areas of high deprivation and youth offending levels, or with free school meal levels of 35% or above.

The programme will address social and emotional learning, resilience and skills development in children on a universal and targeted basis. Inspired by the Fast Track approach in the USA, schools will be supported with training, implementation and technical assistance.

PATHS is provided by teachers to their whole class, from Reception to Year 6, through approximately two 25-40 minute lessons per week. It is developmental and comprised of scripted lessons addressing five conceptual domains:

  • self-control
  • emotional understanding
  • positive self-esteem
  • relationships
  • interpersonal problem-solving skills.

Lessons and activities focus on individual and group-based learning in areas such as emotion recognition and understanding, problem solving, communication, acceptable behaviour and self-control, and include the use of hand puppets and home hand-outs.

Friendship Groups are provided through one 45 minute session every one to two weeks with eight to ten children, with 30 lessons for children aged five to eight-years-old, and 16 for 9 to 11-year-olds. Activities address areas such as pretend play, self regulation, problem solving, and working as a team.

Delivery organisation: Barnardo’s

Barnardo’s works with the most disadvantaged children and young families. Its locally-based projects from 8 to 14-year-olds worked with 18,410 children in 2012.

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