The autobiographical memories of adolescents excluded from school and their engagement in education

The information and recommendation for teachers and learning mentors provided here is based on a research project conducted in 2013/14, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project examined the relationship between the autobiographical memories of adolescents excluded from school and their engagement in education. The project included detailed narrative interviews with 15-16 year old students attending alternative provision (AP), meetings with an advisory (consisting of senior staff working in AP) and pilot interventions. In particular, the aims of the project was to:

  • Provide insight into the influence that life at home and in school may have on vulnerable adolescents and their engagement with education.
  • Describe how a narrative and solution focussed approach may help disadvantaged and/or vulnerable adolescents become re-engaged with education.
  • Describe how a how a narrative and solution focussed approach may be applied in practice to increase adolescents’ participation in school and engagement in learning.

Click here for a link to the project website which provides and overview of the project and a summary of the findings.

Click here to download a more detailed report on the research project and the recommendation that could be made on the basis of the project’s findings.

Click here for a description of how Narrative and Solution Focussed intervention can be conducted in a school or alternative provision facility.

If you are interested in conducting a Narrative and Solution Focussed intervention then please do contact [email protected] for further information and a more detailed conversation. I am particular interested in becoming involved in further such interventions and evaluating their effectiveness.