Pyramid club 2019/20

This service is available for Academies, Maintained schools and Other schools and settings


We offer a ten week Pyramid club as an early intervention for quiet, shy, withdrawn or anxious children and those showing early signs of mental health problems. We train school staff to run their own Pyramid clubs. Clubs can be run either during the school day or after school.

Financial year 2019/20

Children and young people who attend the ten week Pyramid club show:

  • Improved attainment and attendance
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Stronger relationships with peers and adults
  • Better engagement with their own learning and participation in class
  • More resilience and the ability to deal with their own difficulties
  • Improved strategies for managing their thoughts and feelings
  • Has been validated by the Early Intervention Foundation and appear in their Guidebook of recommended social and emotional learning interventions
  • Recommended by the Anna Freud centre mentally healthy schools website.

Students from the University of West London are trained, vetted and supported to run clubs, providing additional specialist support for the school as well as a fresh set of faces for the children.

Following the club, schools will receive a detailed report looking at measurable improvements in children's behaviour and recommendations for further support.

Training and support for schools to deliver pyramid clubs

The benefits include:

  • CPD for support staff to deliver Pyramid clubs covering: group work with children and young people; observing, planning and running sessions; and understanding children and young people's social and emotional needs
  • Ability to deliver an evidence-based early intervention programme
  • Flexibility in timing and delivery of clubs by using school’s own staff
  • Option to receive supplementary support from student volunteers at the University of West London.
Office hours:

Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

Planned improvements:
  • Pyramid club materials are regularly updated to promote best practice  
  • Resources are being developed to help parents continue the work at home
  • Initial trials have identified benefits to children with SEND and more work is being done to improve the offer for children in special schools and/or units attached to mainstream schools.
Service directors:

Judith Finlay

More detailed information:

See the attached document for more information about how Pyramid clubs operate in Ealing.


The Pyramid project at the University of West London, which sits within the School of Human and Social Sciences.

Additional contact information 

Contact the Pyramid Project Co-ordinator at UWL:
Bronach Hughes
Tel: 020 8231 2930 or 07810 853 561

Alternatively visit: or email:

Independent schools/schools outside of Ealing: Contact the University of West London Pyramid contact directly.

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Last updated: 07 Oct 2019