Therapeutic early interventions to prevent school exclusion and truancy

Monday 13 January 2014


OPM was commissioned by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to evaluate three PHF-funded therapeutic school-based grantee initiatives, which aim to prevent and reduce the impact of school truancy and exclusions.

The three projects, which ran as part of PHF’s Education and Learning programme, vary considerably in terms of scope and ambition, type and intensity of support provided, and degree of family involvement. Our aim therefore was not to make direct comparisons across projects, but to generate tailored recommendations for improvement for each project and identify common learning of value to the wider sector.

OPM was appointed to conduct the evaluation in 2011 over a period of three years. An interim report was published in November 2012 and alongside the evaluation report and executive summary available for download below, three further publications will be published in spring 2014, providing more information about each of the three models evaluated. These publications will include vignettes, headline findings and practical information about how to implement the approaches.