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What Works Directory for Education Professionals


Gloucestershire County Council is looking to improve the access of information regarding local services that support young people. It is in an early phase of building a Directory that will provide an enhanced solution for education professionals and practitioners who work with children and young people. The Directory should ensure access to up-to-date, relevant evidence-based services and interventions for young people in a timely and effective way. 

This follows an internal review which identified two projects* that share a common goal of providing a dedicated resource for schools/practitioners. As a result, the SEMH Directory Project has been incorporated into the ‘What Works Directory’ project. This merger will seek to widen the scope and proposed benefit across our region:


  •      SEMH Directory for Schools*as part of a wider DfE funded Wellbeing & Education Recovery project focussed on emotional wellbeing in schools following the impact of the Covid pandemic 
  • ‘What Works Directory’*, in partnership with Social Finance as part of the Joint Additional and High Needs Programme and in response to what schools are telling us.

We are collecting user research and are in need of your input to support our vital Discovery phase. Previously we have captured feedback from a small pool of educational professionals, but we are now extending this to a wider user group. Your role in this phase will be essential in informing the development of an online directory and central hub, designed for education professionals to access. We therefore encourage you to share your views to shape further delivery of a resource that is designed specifically to support you.


Representation from all education professionals across the local authority is required to reflect varying needs, for example NQTs, Classroom teachers, SENDCOS, Pastoral care. Our intention is to ensure participants in this discovery phase represent the diversity and inclusivity of our schools and region.


We believe that an enhanced Directory will improve understanding of what is available locally and how to access services. It will ensure both the quality of relevant, up-to-date information and the quality of evidence-based provision. This will mean that schools and families have a better understanding of which intervention would be most effective and appropriate for their child and will mean users get the help they need sooner.


Please contact us on or to arrange a convenient time for a 20 - 30 minute interview, which are taking place throughout March 2022.

We are grateful for your support and please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the project.


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