The Research

We combine what we believe with what we know.

Everything we do at Co.Lab is underpinned by peer-reviewed clinical research.

Holistic Approach

The Co.Lab platform is developed with the support of schools, teachers, and mental health practitioners. But we couldn’t have done this without the work of great minds, academics and researchers, who underpin great practice with their work.

Below we’ve provided a reference list of supporting studies and research that back up the importance of the Whole School College Approach (WSCA) to mental health and wellbeing.


1. Durlak JA and others. ‘The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta‐analysis of school‐based universal interventions’ Child development 2011: Volume 82, issue 1, pages 405-432

2. Public Health England. ‘The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment’ 2014. (viewed 14 July 2021).

3. Department of Health. ‘Annual report of the chief medical officer: public mental health priorities: investing in the evidence’ 2013

4. NICE. ‘Social and emotional wellbeing in primary education’ London: 2008

5. NICE. ‘Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education’ London: 2009

​​6. Department for Education. ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions: statutory guidance for governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies in England’ London: 2014 (Updated August 2017)  

7. Department for Education. ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education’ London: 2019

8. Department for Education and Department of Health. ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked-after children: statutory guidance for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’ London: 2015  

9. Department for Education. ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools: Departmental advice for school staff’ London: 2018  

10. Department for Education. ‘Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future: departmental advice for school staff and counsellors’ London: 2015 (Updated February 2016)

11. NHS Digital. ‘Mental health of children and young people in England, 2020: Wave 1 follow up to the 2017 survey’ NHS Digital: 2020 (Viewed 14 July 2021)

12. Public Health England. ‘COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance report, Chapter 7: Children and young people’ London: 2021

13. Department for Education. ‘Keeping children safe in education’ London: 2021 (Viewed 16 July 2021)

14. Department for Education, Department of Health. ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a Green Paper’ London: 2017

15. Langford R and others. ‘The WHO Health Promoting School framework for improving the health and well‐being of students and their academic achievement’ Cochrane database of systematic reviews 2014: volume 4

16. Weare, K. ‘What works in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools? Advice for schools and framework document’ London: National Children’s Bureau 2015