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Wellbeing impact study

Impact study: The impact of promoting student wellbeing on student academic and non-academic outcomes: An analysis of the evidence

In recent years, policymakers and practitioners have increasingly focused their attention on the importance of student wellbeing.

About the impact study

This impact study draws on research conducted in a wide range of countries and published over the last 10 years, to better understand any potential links between wellbeing and academic attainment as well as other educational outcomes. In particular, it focuses on the effects of whole-school approaches to promoting wellbeing on both academic and non-academic outcomes.

The impact study was conducted by Dr. Ariel Lindorff, Departmental Lecturer in Research Methods, Department of Education, University of Oxford.

Key findings

The impact study found that there is:

  • convincing evidence of a relationship between wellbeing and academic attainment.
  • robust evidence that wellbeing is also associated with a variety of additional educational outcomes including engagement and experiences of transitions between primary and secondary school.
  • strong international evidence to support the claim that ‘whole-school approaches’ to promoting wellbeing can have an effect on acade­mic attainment and have positive effects on a wide range of other educational outcomes, including mental health, self-esteem, self-efficacy, motivation, behaviour, and decreased probability of dropout.
  • further evidence needed from studies over longer periods of time to improve understandings of the effects of promoting student wellbeing on educational outcomes.

Read the full report below.

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Key Findings

Video by Dr. Ariel Lindorff, Department of Education, University of Oxford highlighting the key findings from the report.

Impact Study Report

A detailed report evaluating to what extent the promotion of wellbeing in schools leads to improved educational outcomes.


A useful infographic highlighting some of the key findings from the impact study.

ELTOC 2021 Student Wellbeing Session

Summary and detailed handout supporting the Student Wellbeing session presented at ELTOC 2021.

Oxford Impact

Find out how it benefits you.

Oxford International Curriculum

Find out more about the Oxford International Curriculum which includes a focus on Wellbeing.

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