Connecting with schools and supporting learning


The Deanery has been successful in its bid for funds to support this research. We are now keen to work with schools who are interested in looking at their students’ sense of belonging and connectedness in school and how this relates to their attendance and engagement within school.

The research would involved students in Years 8 or 9 who would be asked fill in an online questionnaire about their sense of belonging. The research team would share the overall findings from this questionnaire with the school and help them to reflect on its implications and how they might seek to remove any of the barriers that are identified.

Later stages of the project - if schools would like to participate further - would involve interviews with key staff involved with these students in a pastoral way, such as head of year, attendance mentor, SLT and follow-up discussions with groups of students about their experiences in school.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Jenni Ingram: (

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