Start date:October 2016
Research Topic:HAPPEN Health and Attainment of Pupils involved in a Primary Education Network
Research pathway:Human Geography
Research Supervisor:Professor Sinead Brophy
Supervising school:Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship
The focus of my PhD research is on evaluating HAPPEN: a network combining multidisciplinary expertise through a unified system of research, education and health specialists. The network allows child health information (such as nutrition, physical activity, sleep, wellbeing, concentration in class) to be used to link to routinely collected education attainment data in the SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) databank.
- To develop and evaluate HAPPEN: a collaboration of education, health and research professionals who will work off a shared online resource facilitating knowledge exchange
- To examine whether children aged 9-11 attending schools in the network area show improvement in attainment and attendance compared to those outside the network area
- To examine early predictors of children at low education attainment through the use of child collected and routine data.