Evidence Based Practice - Guide for Schools

Evidence Based Practice - Guide for Schools


This section outlines the latest research and evidence about which interventions work in terms of improving outcomes for children and young people.

It will help you to consider what should be implemented in order to achieve the chosen outcomes you are trying to work towards.

Traditionally, evidence based practice is a term widely used in the clinical setting, relating to the effectiveness of clinical intervention to prevent and treat ill-health.

It is increasingly being used nowadays to apply to a number of settings, including schools, as a way of ensuring that schools follow the best practice in terms of what works – to improve the outcomes for their children and young people.

NICE is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and it is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health.

However, good practice can exist which is not supported by rigorous independent evaluation and so this guide will therefore also use case studies to demonstrate good practice as well as more formal research documents

Evidence can take the following forms:

How can schools use NICE guidance?

Schools and early years settings can use NICE guidance to help them take effective action to improve health and wellbeing of the pupils.

NICE has published a number of guidance documents specifically to support the development of health in schools. Each document includes a number of recommendations which schools can use as a guide to develop their curriculum, services and provision. Because the guidance is evidence based schools can be confident that any recommendations suggested are based on proven best practice. By using the guidance, schools will be able to develop the health and wellbeing of their pupils and evidence their commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people.

NICE recommendations:

Published guidance

NICE has produced recommendations on a range of subjects relevant to schools. The following table documents the titles of the published public health guidance relating to children and young people.




Date Issued


Interventions to reduce substance misuse among vulnerable young people

Mar 2007


Preventing the uptake of smoking by children and young people

Jul 2008


Prevention of sexually transmitted infections and under 18 conceptions

Feb 2007


Promoting physical activity for children and young people

Jan 2009


School-based interventions on alcohol

Nov 2007


School-based interventions to prevent smoking

Feb 2010


Social and emotional wellbeing in primary education

Mar 2008


Social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education

Sep 2009

Coming soon:

Social and emotional wellbeing: early education and childcare

Sep 2011

Personal, social, health and economic education focusing on sex and relationships and alcohol education

Jan 2011


How can you find out about the latest evidence?

Please contact the Public Health resource Centre on 01484 464435 where someone will be able to signpost you to the member of the public health team who can provide the latest research in the specific area of work you are interested in.



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