Initiating change locally in bullying and aggression through the school environment (INCLUSIVE): cluster randomised controlled trial

Lead investigator
Russell Viner


Adam Fletcher, Chris Bonell, Diane Elbourne, Elizabeth Allen, Rosa Legood, Richard Grieve, Meg Wiggins, Deborah Christie, Stephen Scott

Aims & objectives
The aim is to find out whether a programme of activities called ‘Learning Together’ is able to help secondary schools in England reduce bullying and aggression among their students. The ‘Learning Together’ intervention involves several elements. First, staff and students work together in an ‘action group’ to improve how the school is run, ensuring students have a say. Second, school staff manage discipline differently, focusing on repairing relationships rather than just punishing bad behaviour. This is called ‘restorative practice’. Third, students are taught social and emotional skills, helping them to get on better together.
Study design

The randomised controlled trial involves 40 schools in England. Twenty of the schools will deliver the ‘Learning Together’ intervention and 20 will not. Researchers will follow a cohort of students at these schools for 3 years to examine if students in intervention schools report less bullying and aggression than those in schools not delivering ‘Learning Together’. Potential impacts on other outcomes (e.g. well-being and mental health, substance use and teacher stress and absenteeism) will also be examined.

The study is funded by the National Institute for Health ResearchPublic Health Research programme and the Education Endowment Foundation.

Further information & publications

Main Contact
Mrs Anne Mathiot

More information on this project can be found by clicking the following link.

Start date
March 2014
End date
February 2018


Trial register number
PHR 12/153/60