Information for Parents and Carers

What is MYRIAD?

MYRIAD is a research project. We are interested in how schools promote young people’s well-being and resilience (the ability to adapt in the face of difficulties) throughout adolescence.

Many secondary schools teach emotional health and well-being believing that it can affect the way children learn, behave and develop into adulthood. In this project we will compare the existing, good-quality, social emotional learning that is already being taught in schools (known as ‘teaching as usual’) to a programme of study that is based on mindfulness techniques.

Does my child have to take part?

Your child does not have to take part in this project. Your child can choose whether he/she wants to take part and can also withdraw at any point without giving a reason and without penalty.

Opting your child out

If you do not want your child to take part, please fill out the opt-out form provided by your school and return it to the school. This means that the school will not send us your child’s information.

Will taking part affect my child’s education?

No, your child’s teacher will teach the same lessons whether or not your child decides to take part in the project. This will not affect your child’s education in any way.

What will they be asked to do?

We will ask your child to answer some questions up to five different times. Researchers will visit your child at school and help your child answer these questions either online or on paper. Visits will be done as a whole class. Each pupil will complete their own questionnaire. These questions will include questions about well-being, mental health, behaviour and other areas.

The diagram bellows shows a pupil’s progression through the three years of the project.

Teachers will also complete questionnaires about how pupils generally get on in school, and we will be gathering information from the National Pupil Database. This information will remain confidential.

Sources of support

If your child is invited to complete MYRIAD questionnaires, they will be provided with a link to a pupil support sheet. This sheet suggests some sources of support within school and nationally. If you’d like to see what our pupil support sheet looks like, please click on the images below for a closer look.

What if you have a question or concern?

If you or your child have any questions or concerns about the project, please speak to your child’s teacher. Alternatively, you can contact the research team who will do their best to answer your query.

For further information please see our most recent Parent Information Sheet.