ENABLE Project 2014-16

SWGfL is proud to be part of a European network of organisations coordinating the ENABLE project and tackling bullying in an innovative way.


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What is ENABLE?

ENABLE (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) is an EU-funded project which combats bullying and contributes to the well-being of young people aged 11-14 through a unique blend of social and emotional development and peer education.

ENABLE takes a holistic and sustainable approach to reducing bullying through involving students, staff and parents/ carers.

The target audience for ENABLE is young people aged 11-14 although the programme can be adapted for use by other ages. The ENABLE partner countries are the UK, Denmark, Croatia, Belgium and Greece. Find out more http://enable.eun.org/news.

It is not Goodbye for ENABLE

The ENABLE project officially came to a close on 30 September 2016.  ENABLE will nevertheless continue to be rolled out in schools over the coming months, especially in Belgium and Croatia where some schools have not yet completed the full SEL (social and emotional learning) course. Portugal is in the process of translating all ENABLE materials, and will shortly begin training teachers and rolling the programme out across schools. Italy is considering translating our resources, and a Romanian version of ENABLE will be available online soon. The ENABLE consortium is scouting for new opportunities to continue working as a network, building on what has been created and hoping to adapt ENABLE to other age groups in other countries.

What ENABLE achieved

ENABLE has been rolled out in 6 countries: Belgium (in Dutch and French), Croatia, Denmark, Greece, UK and Romania. Interestingly, a teacher who won a trip to the Hackathon event and ambassador training in October 2015 has translated the resources into Romanian herself, and trained 250 pupils and 30 teachers in 10 schools. In total, ENABLE has reached 15,738 pupils and 541 teachers in 119 schools, with teachers from another 1000 schools in Croatia having attended ENABLE information sessions. It has trained 300 peer supporters who are now leading activities in the UK, Greece and Croatia. The Danish consortium partner has focused on reaching the more vulnerable young people and training other national helplines, and has reached an estimated 4,000 young people. This goes way beyond projected goals at that start of implementation, to reach 5000 young people, including 1000 “at risk” children, in 35 schools. The ENABLE project also had success reaching out for two non-traditional groups: migrant children and children with special needs.

What resources are available

Resources already or soon to be available in English, Croatian, Dutch, French and Greek (and Romanian) include:

  • 10 SEL modules with accompanying resources including simulation activities 

  • training and online webinars for teachers, complete with a questionnaire that can earn teachers a “knowledge" badge

  • a full training course for Peer Supporters, including campaign ideas and school activities

  • information, ideas and solutions for parents and carers (also in a 10-page parent/carer brochure) that ensure that families are involved in the holistic ENABLE approach

  • an initial online report that mapped the terrain and compared anti-bullying initiatives at the outset of the project, and a comprehensive pre- and post-assessment report

  • a website at http://enable.eun.org that brings together all of these materials in the different language versions

  • a 150-page book entitled Bullying – perspectives, practices, insights, that will be published by the Council of Europe later this year, and available on the market in 2017

  • a new SEL-anti-bullying chapter of WebWeWant.eu will be launched in 12 languages later this year.

ENABLE conference

The final conference, ENABLE 2 ACT, was held in Zagreb on 21-22 September. It brought together 130 participants from 19 different countries, and almost 20% of whom were young people aged 11-17. This was a highly interactive event, looking at tackinge issues from hate speech and radicalisation to developing empathy, and encouraging “upstander” behaviour in schools.

ENABLE outcomes

The pre-assessment (a total 791 pupils aged 11-14 from 3 countries: Greece, Croatia and UK) highlights several findings that underline the importance of introducing SEL into the school curriculum:

- one in four students in the UK and Croatia report difficulties in understanding the emotions of others, a number that drops to 15% in Greece

-  about one in four students report no affinity towards helping behaviours

- approx. 40% of students in UK and Croatia and 25% in Greece report that they are unaware of the fact that emotions influence their reactions.

Post-assessment findings highlight several positive gains that show the value of the ENABLE approach, though it is early days to postulate that this will actually reduce bullying:

  • Pupils show better control of behaviour, identification of emotions, relationship problem-solving, 

  • They are more likely to report bullying (especially boys and especially in schools where Peer Supporters are present); 

  • Young people who become Peer Supporters report an increase in confidence, self-efficacy, and personal and interpersonal skills

  • Teachers report a more friendly school climate, more amicable peer relations and increased peer support

  • They also report that their knowledge of bullying has improved, and they are better able to handle issues in class

  • One of the most popular resources (measured by downloads) is the Anti-bullying Parent /Carer Pack, which seems to indicate that we are reaching parents, who are amongst the most challenging targets to reach for schools 

  • UK, Italy, Belgium & Portugal are the top countries for web visits and resource downloads, indicating that ENABLE is reaching well beyond the partner countries.

How SWGfL played a part in ENABLE

Our role in ENABLE was to produce one of the two main resource components - the ENABLE 10 SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) lesson modules for schools. These modules aim to develop the social and emotional skills of young people by exploring the four areas of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and relationship management. The lessons are designed to work hand in hand with the second major component of the ENABLE programme – the Peer Support Programme, created by the other UK partner Diana Award. The SEL lessons and Peer Support Programme complement each other in order to create and foster an environment where bullying is less likely to occur.

Access the new ENABLE resources!

You can download them here[LJ1] . In the pack you will find the 10 SEL modules as well as the Peer Support Programme resources and the essential Making ENABLE work document which will answer all your questions and provide useful guidance and help on how not only to roll out the programme but make it a success in your school. This is a helpful place to start if you a senior leader or a teacher in a school. The resources also include a pack for parents and carers on supporting their children with bullying incidents.

Why implement ENABLE?

Schools across UK should consider rolling out ENABLE because of its unique approach of combining social and emotional development with peer education. This approach is based on research and based on proven techniques and programmes. It will provide your school with 10 fully resources SEL lesson modules and a wholly planned programme for Peer Supporters.  And these resources are available now and are FREE!

Benefits to ENABLE

  • Supports the creation of a positive whole-school climate

  • Improved emotional awareness in staff and students

  • Higher attainment in assessments

  • Reduced truancy and bullying incidents

  • Improved staff well-being

Help and support

If you have any questions or comments about the programme or the resources in the UK, please email us at enable@swgfl.org.uk. Your question will be answered by one of the two UK partners – SWGfL and Diana Award.

Have you used the ENABLE programme?

If you already know ENABLE and have started using our resources, please let us know – enable@swgfl.org.uk. We would love to hear what you think and perhaps even put together your experiences into case studies that would help other schools when they consider ENABLE.

Our warmest thanks go to.....

All of the ENABLE pilot schools in the UK who worked with us to help create the ENABLE resources – the staff, young people and parents who came to all of our focus groups.

All of the fantastic ENABLE Ambassadors – those professionals who were the first in the UK to receive training on the ENABLE resource and are pioneering the programme across the UK.

Our UK Advisory Group – a collection of experienced and dedicated professionals who helped shape our approach and our resources.