Pyramid club 2021/22

This service is available for Other schools and settings


Pyramid clubs, a UK-developed intervention operating in Ealing since 1997, offers an evidence-based early intervention for quiet, shy, withdrawn, anxious children and those showing early signs of mental health problems who are unlikely to meet CAMHS thresholds. As a group intervention it is particularly effective for children who struggle socially.

Financial year 2021/22

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, including asking for help when it is needed.

Pyramid clubs have been validated by the Early Intervention Foundation and appear in their Guidebook of recommended social and emotional learning interventions. The primary age clubs are also recommended by the Anna Freud Centre Mentally Healthy Schools website.

Psychology and education students from the University of West London are trained, vetted and supported by the University to run the 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 on the children's progress and recommendations for any further support needed.

Training and support for schools to deliver Pyramid clubs

Benefits include:

  • CPD for support staff to deliver Pyramid clubs covering
  • 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 and training are regularly updated to promote best practice.  
  • Resources, including a workshop and booklet, 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 department of Research and Enterprise.

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: 15 Feb 2021