Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

BBC focus on Brookes' Good Behaviour Game pilot

Monday, 12 September 2011

A new classroom game which aims to promote good behaviour is being piloted in Oxfordshire primary schools with the help of Oxford Brookes. The Good Behaviour Game, designed in America to minimise disruptive behaviour, and proven to have long-term benefits for children and families, is currently being trialled. The BBC recently reported on the project and spoke with Gail Chan, Brookes' Knowledge Transfer Parternship (KTP) Associate with Oxfordshire County Council. The piece can be viewed on the BBC website. The Children and Families Research Group at Oxford Brookes has adapted the game for use in UK schools and is working in a KTP with the Council to run a systematic trial. Evidence from the USA shows that the game is able to reduce aggressive and disruptive behaviour in the short-term. But more importantly, over a 14-year follow-up period, it produced significant health benefits, especially for males, with reductions in drug and alcohol abuse, reduced smoking, less use of mental health services, reduced suicidal behaviours, and lower rates of unprotected sex than were found in similar groups that did not take part in the game.