Consultancy Case Study

Connection between wellbeing and learning

King’s Bruton School is a boarding and day school, which places a very high value on a genuinely holistic education in which every individual pupil is given an opportunity to flourish and develop.

King’s Bruton School sought to explore the connection between wellbeing and learning. They engaged BrainCanDo to deliver INSET training for pastoral staff and to facilitate a prompted discussion workshop on how to improve wellbeing outcomes across the school for staff.

The training raised awareness of the current research surrounding the connection between wellbeing and learning and discussion of evidence-informed practical strategies teachers could use to support pupil learning and wellbeing.

What did we deliver?

BrainCanDo worked with King’s Bruton School to deliver a half day staff training on ‘Understanding the teenage brain, wellbeing and the link to learning’. We also facilitated a discussion with the pastoral team about specific changes that could be made to best support the wellbeing of the staff and pupils across the school.

Dr Amy Fancourt, Director of Research BrainCanDo, designed and delivered the training


“Thank you for the first class workshop and for setting the scene on the importance of mental health and your encouraging acknowledgement of our work in this area. The staff universally enjoyed the morning”

Alison Grant, Deputy Head Pastoral at King’s Bruton School

Key Findings

100% of staff indicated that they practical strategies that they could try in their own teaching and would recommend similar training to a colleague.

What did staff find most useful?

‘Being able to consider the practical application of the research’

‘Confirmation of current thinking but also some fantastic new ideas’

‘The discussions this has fostered have been most valuable’