Whole Child Development Research Insights 2023

Our vision is for every child to fulfil their potential and to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. To do this we recognise that we need to consider the whole child.

Whole Child Development is a term that has gained currency in recent years as a means of bringing together elements that have previously often been addressed separately: the physical, the cognitive, the social and emotional.

Our work has focused on identifying the benefits of a holistic approach, considering how these different elements of development and wellbeing intersect and interact. We've used this research to apply a whole child 'lens' to our programme work with teachers and school leaders, and ask 'what would it mean to look at this from a perspective that considers the whole child'?
This research review outlines the underlying evidence we've explored, how we've sought to embed the principles of whole child development in our programmes, and considers the implications for teachers and schools. We share it in the hope that it will inspire other training providers and schools to do likewise, and to share what they learn. 
We are grateful for the support of Porticus in this work, as well as our partners in the IntegratED network.

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