Re-Creating Schools as Places of Belonging: The Art of Possibilities

We live in a world of rage and 'untruth’ - a world on the move. Half the world’s refugees are children (UNHCR, 2015). Social divisions are widening (Putnam, 2015). Yet it’s an exciting world - of boundless opportunities and possibilities. And it’s also a world in which we all want to feel that we belong. ‘Belonging’ is that sense of being somewhere where you can be confident that you will fit in and safe in your identity. Schools are one of the few shared social institutions which can create that sense of belonging or exclusion.

Professor Kathryn Riley (2017)