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Research and Development

Over a number of years we have been fortunate to develop associations with research partners and we currently have a range of school-wide projects taking place in collaboration with:

  • The Institute of Education (a longitudinal, quantitative, outcomes evaluation, overseen by a steering group and advisory group)
  • University of Sussex (trialling a new Mulberry Bush social and emotional development scale)
  • University of East London (qualitative evaluation of the work of the school which will be overseen by the steering and advisory groups)
  • Oxford University, Department of Education (The Mulberry Bush Outreach Teaching School Alliance research group, comprising eight short term, school-based projects)


These projects provide an important opportunity for collaboration between practitioners and researchers.


Our FDA students undertake smaller scale projects as part of the second year of their course. The topics cover a wide range of areas relevant to practitioners. We have two members of staff who are part of the way through PhD studies looking at aspects of the therapeutic work of the school.


The various aspects of the organisation’s research and relevant areas of data collection are overseen by our Research and Data group which was set up two years ago as interest in research and evaluation began to grow. We are also linked in to the National Centre research group.


If you would like to hear more about our research please contact us.




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Providing hope and positive outcomes for troubled children who are looking for a way to learn and live again.

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By improving the life chances and social inclusion of traumatised children and young people, we create long-term benefits to society by reducing anti-social behaviour and its impact on families, schools and communities.

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Behaviour Support for Schools and Professionals helping those who help others. National Specialist Outreach for Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMHD).

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Our free alliance whose aim is to share knowledge about therapeutic care for children and young people, and to support the use of reflective practice and research, in order to improve service quality and ensure excellent outcomes.

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