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11 April 2016
By Rebecca Avery

ENABLE Project: Lesson Resources and Peer Support Tools Available

ENABLE Project

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. SWGfL is proud to be part of a European network of organisations coordinating the ENABLE project and tackling bullying in an innovative way. The target audience for ENABLE is young people aged 11-14 although the programme  and resources can be adapted for use by other ages by professionals. The ENABLE partner countries are the UK, Denmark, Croatia, Belgium and Greece. Find out more

The SWGfL's 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.

What does research tell us?

At the start of the project all partners took an extensive dive into existing SEL programmes. All of the SWGfL findings and conclusions can be found in their recently published research report: Bullying in Schools: A summary of research of anti-bullying initiatives.

Why implement ENABLE?

We at the Education Safeguarding Team at Kent County Council would suggest that Schools  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. ENABLE provides schools with 10 fully resources SEL lesson modules and a wholly planned programme for Peer Supporters. These resources are available now and are FREE!

Benefits to implementing ENABLE in your school

  • 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
  • Free resources to use and adapt

Access the new ENABLE resources now!

The ENABLE resources are now ready and available to be downloaded from the SWGfL project website. Schools will find the 10 SEL modules as well as the Peer Support Programme resources as well as the essential "Making ENABLE work" document which will answer questions and provide useful guidance and help on how not only to roll out the programme but how to make it a success in your school.

Need more help and support about ENABLE?

If you have any questions or comments about the programme or the resources in the UK, please email the SWGfL at [email protected]. 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 the resources, please let the SWGfL know via [email protected]. The SWGfL would love to hear what schools think and may even put together schools experiences into case studies to help other schools when they consider ENABLE.


The SWGfL would like to give thanks to all of the ENABLE pilot schools in the UK who worked with them to help create the ENABLE resources; the staff, young people and parents who came to all of the focus groups;  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. Thanks also go to the SWGfL UK Advisory Group – a collection of experienced and dedicated professionals who helped shape their approach and resources.     This content has been provided with thanks from SWGfL