However, a number of shortcomings of these programs have been identified, which may compromise their sustainability and long-term effect. One criticism is that they are time-consuming and compromise academic teaching time. Furthermore, they are often implemented by outside experts, and not by the regular schoolteachers, and as such are not integrated into general teaching, and not anchored sufficiently at all levels of school organization.
General project description:
The overall aim of the BOOST project is to develop, implement, and test a new SEL-based population approach to promote mental health and well-being in primary school children.
The approach will then be implemented in mainstream school environments and academic teaching by class-teachers themselves. This will ensure school acceptance of the approach and it will indirectly target many more children. Through this cascade effect, the overall aim of increasing resilience and mental well-being in large and diverse populations of children will be obtained.