Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s ‘BePART’ unique mental health and wellbeing programme for students has been hailed as a major success by analysts from Liverpool John Moores University.

LJMU’s Faculty for Education were involved in the scheme from the beginning, partnering the College in evaluating the data that resulted from students being involved with BePART.

The report produced by the LJMU team, led by Professor David Putwain, summarised: “BePART is an effective inclusive programme for supporting the emotional and physical wellbeing of students. Following participation in the programme, students reported themselves to be more ready for the rigours of their academic studies, to deal with setbacks in a positive and constructive fashion, and able to effectively cope with the demands placed on them.”

It continued: “Results showed that students who completed BePART in the Autumn term reported a statistically significant increase in their positive management of emotions and thoughts, adaptability, and buoyancy. BePART showed a greater effect in those students who were lower in buoyancy at the outset.”

The conclusions from John Moores come at a time when BePART has been the focus of both TV and radio, with BBC One’s ‘Health: Truth or Scare’ programme featuring the wellbeing scheme and praising it for helping students deal with stress.

Psychology teacher and ‘BePART’ creator, Roy Owen, has also been interviewed by Radio City and Radio Merseyside in the last week about the work that the College is doing to tackle the growing issue of mental health amongst teenagers.

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