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Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education

Monday 24 July 2023

The University of York hosted Mental Health and Education on 27 June 2023, which brought together professionals – including researchers, educators, and healthcare providers – united in their mission of improving mental health and wellbeing in schools.

Early years programme boosts young children's maths skills by three months

Thursday 13 July 2023

Researchers have shown that a maths programme can add three months of additional progress to the learning and skills ability of young children.

Teacher Success Project double celebrations

Tuesday 13 December 2022

The Teacher Success Project is celebrating after two recent awards.

Research reveals complexity of loneliness during lockdown

Friday 1 July 2022

A study exploring loneliness and solitude during lockdown highlights how different people experienced social restrictions as either “hell or bliss”.

Report finds reception children have fallen behind due to Covid-19 disruption

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Children starting school were less likely to meet the expected levels of development in 2021 than before the pandemic, new research suggests.

What could a longer school day mean for teachers?

Monday 8 November 2021

Dr Lisa Kim and Professor Kathryn Asbury write about the potential impact extending the school day would have on teachers, a strategy being considered to mitigate potential learning losses from the pandemic.

Sibling bullying research

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Research led by PERC's Dr Umar Toseeb has found that children who are bullied by their siblings are more likely to suffer mental health problems as teenagers.

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship award for Professor von Stumm

Monday 17 May 2021

Professor Sophie von Stumm has been awarded a prestigious Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy to explore the idea of ‘personalised’ education.

Yorkshire research details scale of pressures faced by families of SEN children

Thursday 7 January 2021

New research details the pressures faced by families of children with special educational needs in the wake of warnings over evidence of “substantial” inequalities in support.

Children who miss out on baby talk not necessarily disadvantaged by age 11, research suggests

Saturday 14 November 2020

Babies and toddlers who miss out on high quality early talk and communication at home are not necessarily left at a permanent disadvantage, a new study suggests.

Teachers 'misunderstood and vilified' during Covid-19

Monday 3 August 2020

Dr Kathryn Asbury and Dr Lisa Kim research how teachers feel they have been wrongly presented as whingeing and 'work-shy' during the pandemic.

Exclusions in English schools should be used as a last resort

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Education PhD student, Laura Oxley and co-author, Dr John Tillson from Liverpool Hope University research shows the need for exclusion policies to be re-examined before the full return to school after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Study casts doubt on usefulness of Ofsted ratings

Thursday 4 June 2020

The usefulness of Ofsted ratings as guides for parents and students in choosing a secondary school has been called into question by the findings of a new study.

Lockdown for SEND children

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Dr Umar Toseeb and Dr Kathryn Asbury lead a team from York following the experiences of SEND families since the beginning of lockdown.

Coronavirus: dealing with anxiety and mental health

Monday 30 March 2020

Dr Dusana Dorjee looks at ways of turning anxiety into positive mental health habits.

Former Education student releases book to support students with chronic illnesses

Thursday 6 February 2020

Pippa Stacey has released her non-fiction book titled ‘University and Chronic Illness: A Survival Guide’.

Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success

Monday 23 December 2019

Professor Sophie von Stumm's study finds that parents' socioeconomic status and children's inherited DNA differences are powerful predictors of educational achievement.

Congratulations to our PERC PhD students

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Our Psychology in Education Research Centre (PERC) student, Fairuz Rusdi successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Inaugural lectures: Emma Marsden and Sophie von Stumm

Thursday 6 June 2019

We're celebrating Emma and Sophie's recent professorships on Wednesday 19 June.

MSc Psychology in Education Students at Oxford Conference

Thursday 20 September 2018

We are delighted that our MSc Psychology in Education (conversion programme) was represented at the British Psychological Society's annual Psychology in Education Section conference in Oxford on September 14th 2018.

How polygenic risk scores might be used within Education in the coming years

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Kathryn Asbury shared her thoughts on how polygenic risk scores might be used within education in the coming years in this TES cover feature published on 7 September 2018.

Schools need to teach pupils skills to maintain good mental health – here’s how

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Schools are often where children’s and adolescents’ mental health problems are identified. While there is ever growing demand for mental health support for pupils, such as in-school counselling and mentoring, the focus now - just like for any health problem - should be more on prevention than intervention.

Congratulations to our PhD student Maria Lopez Romero

Thursday 24 May 2018

Maria has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 22 May 2018.

Congratulations to our PhD student Wan Nurul Haslee Sharil

Monday 21 May 2018

Wan has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 14 May 2018.

Congratulations to our PhD student Salama Al-Ruqaishi

Thursday 17 May 2018

Salama has successfully defended her PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The award was approved by the Standing Committee on Assessment on 14 May 2018.

Neuroscience is unlocking mysteries of the teenage brain

Thursday 3 May 2018

How would you describe an average teenager? For most people, the following characteristics might come to mind: moody, impulsive, risk taking, likely to succumb to peer pressure.

PERC at the BPS Psychology of Education Section Conference

Monday 30 October 2017

PERC was well represented at the BPS Psychology of Education Section Conference at Edinburgh 27-28 October.

MSc Psychology in Education welcomes first cohort of students

Thursday 5 October 2017

Our BPS-accredited Psychology in Education conversion programme was launched at the start of this term and we are delighted to welcome 32 new students from England, China, Greece, India and Turkey.

Congratulations to our PhD student Abdulaziz Alawadh

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Abdulaziz has successfully defended his PhD thesis and met the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

APPG Report on Bullying

Monday 27 February 2017

A talk on cyberbullying in schools by Chris Kyriacou to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Bullying has been included in the APPG's (2017) report on research evidence on bullying.

Student’s Romania orphanage trip account

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Third year Psychology in Education student Beverley Nunes explains what her trip to Romania with a school in York to visit some orphanages was like.

Designing and developing evidence-based interventions for reading, maths and resilience

Monday 19 September 2016

Members of PERC presented a symposium at the BERA Annual Conference 13-15 September 2016, held at the University of Leeds

Mindsets of postgraduate students enrolled on teaching-​focused courses

Friday 6 November 2015

National differences in mindset among students who plan to be teachers are examined in a PERC paper published in the International Journal of School and Educational Psychology.

Tackling Cyberbullying of teachers

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Professor Chris Kyriacou and Dr Antonio Zuin are calling for professionals to work together to combat online bullying of teachers.

Selecting the teachers of tomorrow

Wednesday 10 June 2015

A new approach to selecting candidates for teacher training, aimed at identifying the interpersonal attributes necessary for successful teaching, is the focus of new research at the University of York.

Educational transitions BPS conference symposium

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Members of the York PERC group examined educational transitions, from a range of psychological perspectives, in a symposium at the British Psychological Society annual conference.

York academic speaks at prestigious bio-ethics seminar.

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Dr Kathryn Asbury leads a discussion on whether education should be personalised along genetic lines, at a workshop in New York.

PhD student wins award

Monday 10 November 2014

British Psychological Society Best Poster Prize awarded to Education PhD student

Shortlisted for BPS book prize

Wednesday 27 August 2014

‘G is for Genes’, co-authored by Dr Kathryn Asbury, has been selected for the final stage of the British Psychological Society’s annual Book Award.

When schoolyard bullying becomes cyberbullying

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Professors Chris Kyriacou and Antônio Zuin discuss why online abuse is so damaging for children.

PERC presents at ICAP

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Three members of PERC presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology in Paris, France on 10 July 2014

Tests used to select people who make good doctors could work for teachers too

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Rob Klassen, Professor and Chair of the Psychology and Education Research Centre, explores whether situational judgement tests could be used to select good teachers.

Better at reading than maths? Don’t blame it all on your genes

Monday 14 July 2014

Lecturer in Psychology in Education, Kathryn Asbury, explores why she found maths tricky.

The Centre for Reading and Language Summer Workshop, 13 June 2014

Friday 20 June 2014

PERC lab members joined friends and collaborators at the CRL summer workshop held at the Department of Psychology, University of York.

Twins show success is not just down to genes

Monday 10 February 2014

How it is possible for genetically identical organisms to develop differently?

Dr Kathryn Asbury on Radio Four

Monday 9 December 2013

Dr Kathryn Asbury was a guest on BBC Radio Four’s Start the Week.

Psychology in Education students take a tour of our new PERC lab

Monday 2 December 2013

The tour took place on 28 November by our first cohort of students.

PERC staff present at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference 2013

Friday 15 November 2013

All five members of the Department's Psychology in Education Research Centre presented papers at the conference.