At Level 2, the NBSS works with schools to employ evidence-based methodologies for identifying students who would benefit from additional skills development in a range of areas (including social, emotional, academic and behavioural skills). The NBSS helps schools to select, monitor and evaluate the targeted interventions used to develop students’ skills for learning.
NBSS implements and evaluates evidence-based interventions in partner schools as well linking with external organistions in the development and research of programmes. For example:
The Implementation and Evaluation of the Working Things Out and Parents Plus Adolescent Programmes with young people and their parents accessing the National Behaviour Support Service in Post-Primary Schools
This research project aimed to evaluate the outcomes for young people and their parents attending a family based intervention provided by trained staff within the post-primary setting. The intervention combined the delivery of the Working Things Out mental health/coping skills programme for young people and the Parents Plus Adolescent Programme offering parenting training/support to their parents. The aim of the intervention was to improve family relationships by increasing communication and learning positive problem solving strategies thereby impacting positively on the emotional behavioural wellbeing of the adolescents involved
The Alert Progam in Irish Post-Primary Schools: A NBSS National Study of a Teacher Facilitated Self-Regulation Programme
The Alert Program (Williams & Shellenberger, 1996) is a systematic intervention that helps students to identify their own sensory needs and preferences and provides them with the tools to take responsibility for self-regulation. The Alert Program was adapted and piloted in 17 NBSS partner schools. It was designed to be delivered by NBSS Behaviour for Learning teachers as part of a programme of support provided to students who require NBSS Level 2 targeted behavioural interventions. This research project set out to capture the teacher and student perspectives on the adapted version of The Alert Program and its perceived relevance for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties requiring a NBSS Level 2 targeted intervention.