Seasons for Growth in Scotland
Seasons for Growth has been helping children, young people and adults across Scotland since 2001. In that time we have trained over 7,500 Companions to deliver the programme in authorities across Scotland. Seasons for Growth is most often delivered in schools and through voluntary agencies.
In the year leading up to the pandemic over 7,000 children and adults attended groups. Seasons for Growth was evaluated for the 6th time in 2019 confirming the programme is well designed and well delivered with high levels of satisfaction. It is associated with positive change in children and young people who have experienced loss and change. It has received a ‘High’ rating for impact by the Australian Research Council’s engagement and impact assessment 2018-19 National Report Fact Sheet – Research Support for Children 2019 We hope that the information on these pages will help you to learn more about this award winning programme.
Exploring the impact of the Seasons for Growth programme
on Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing and Learning
The promotion of health and wellbeing in schools underpins children and young people’s attainment and achievement which subsequently improves their wellbeing now and in later life. However, significant change and loss experiences such as bereavement and parental separation can impact on children and young people’s health and wellbeing. Supporting children and young people to make sense of their grief reactions can be a key factor in promoting their health and wellbeing.
This research used questionnaires developed by a group of researchers that measured perceptual changes in relation to children’s health and wellbeing over the duration of the eight-week programme and corresponded to the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing outcomes. To read the research please click here Seasons for Growth Study Inverclyde 2018
Research published in Educational Psychology in Scotland, Winter 2017 looked at the impact of the programme.
Outcomes were measured against the Curriculum for Excellence (health and wellbeing). The study, which included 75 pupil participants, identified many positive outcomes including:
- highly significant improvements reported by pupils, parents and teachers in all health and wellbeing measures
- teachers reported young people able to concentrate more on their learning
- parents / carers reported children being less angry, calmer, happier, more able to concentrate, and making more effort with homework.
- pupils reported an increased sense of belonging and connectedness, emotional literacy, concentration, confidence and relationships. They also said they had fun!
To read the research please click here
Reference: Robertson, N., McPherson, K., Murray, D., Montgomery, A., Shaver, I., and Gardner, A. (2017) Improving health and wellbeing for children and young people who have experienced loss, change and bereavement. Educational Psychology in Scotland, Vol 18 pp 2-5.
Congratulations and thank you to Alison Gardner and all involved in Seasons for Growth in West Dunbartonshire following a Care Inspection:
“While many schools across Scotland run Seasons for Growth groups, the programme in West Dunbartonshire is led strategically, well embedded in primary and secondary schools, and is delivered in other settings. The inspection team viewed it as a model of outstanding and sustainable practice.” (Care Inspectorate (2017), Services for Children & Young People in West Dunbartonshire, p37). Please see West Dunbartonshire Spring Newsletter for further information.