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Belonging and behaviour: Relationships not sanctions

New research has shown the benefits of ensuring schools are a place of ‘belonging’, where the emphasis is on relationships, not sanctions and exclusion. Professor Kathryn Riley explains


I expect that you returned to school in 2021 with a mixture of emotions: Glad to be out of 2020 and hoping for better prospects in 2021.

While life is likely to be tough for some time to come, one thing is certain – what you do every day can make a difference to young people’s lives.

For many youngsters today, home and community are not fixed, and schools represent one of the few points of continuity and stability in their lives. Covid-19 has sent a shockwave across the globe, exposing the divisions within and across society and throwing a spotlight on the importance of schools as places of belonging.

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