Age of Wonder project update

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The Born in Bradford Age of Wonder team would like to send out an important update to the senior leaders of secondary schools around Bradford.

During the academic year 2022-23, BiB: Age of Wonder (AoW) surveyed more than 5000 young people in years 8-10 at 15 secondary schools across Bradford. These surveys were comprised of key validated measures identified by researchers as being of current scientific interest, as well as bespoke items that have been co-produced with students, teachers, public health, and community members, that aim to address their concerns. This report is a summary of descriptive statistics from select headline measures of mental health and wellbeing aiming to highlight current trends in the Bradford district using the Age of Wonder data that has been collected so far.

In the next few weeks, last academic year’s participating schools will receive a link to an online data dashboard, enabling them to compare mental health outcomes in their own school to the wider Bradford population, and the nation. This will enable them to identify areas of consolidation and/or need for improvement. And subsequently, to allocate resource to those issues and groups in their school that have been identified as priorities. Over future years, they’ll be able to see any changes over the course of the study, monitoring the effectiveness of any strategic decisions that have been made. In this way, we hope that the Age of Wonder data will become as useful to school leaders as academic assessment data, allowing you to track your students' wellbeing and intervene where they need support.

If your school is not yet involved in the Age of Wonder project but would like to be, it is not too late to sign up for academic year 23-24! Schools who sign up for this current academic year will be able to join our other schools across Bradford next year in using data insights to improve the mental health of their student body. If you would like to find out more information, please contact Laura (, Lydia ( or Zarina ( ‘




Published: 10/10/2023
Audience: Secondary school senior leaders
Contact: Isobel Steward

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