The Art of Possibilities - Videos Series II
BELONGING
‘Belonging’ is that sense of being somewhere where you can be confident that you will fit in and feel safe in your identity. Schools are one of the few shared social institutions which can create that sense of belonging, or exclusion: a point illustrated by the children from St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School.
AGENCY
Agency is a mindset of possibilities. Agency is our ability to intervene in the world to make a difference to have our voice heard. To develop your agency, you need a belief that you can make a difference. You also need the skills and the opportunities to act.Agency is a mindset of possibilities. Agency is our ability to intervene in the world to make a difference to have our voice heard. To develop your agency, you need a belief that you can make a difference. You also need the skills and the opportunities to act.
PLACE AND SPACE
What makes a school a ‘place’ are the relationships, the hopes and the aspirations. What also matters is how both the physical and emotional spaces are used.
UNLOCKING POSSIBILITIES
What brings the school together are the people – and school leaders are key. They set the framework for belonging or exclusion, influencing how communities are viewed and how young people view society and their place within it.
Kathryn Riley‘s New Publications
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Place and Belonging in Schools:Unlocking Possibilities
This practical and highly visual booklet focuses on how to create schools which are places of well-being, belonging and creative endeavour.

Key concepts, tools and approaches are provided, and a model for change designed to generate a fresh perspective on school life. All of these are research-based and have been ‘road-tested’ with leaders, practitioners, community members, young people and researchers.
Kathryn Riley, Max Coates & Sol Perez Martinez (2018) Designed by Lisa Jo Robinson
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Place, Belonging & School Leadership: Researching to make the difference
Findings from an innovative research and development partnership between the IoE, UCL and schools. The book explores how belonging is experienced and generated in schools and highlights the benefits to all concerned when young people and teachers engage in research inquiry. The book also offers tools and approaches designed to help school leaders develop their role as place leaders and place makers.

"This illuminating book represents the harvest of Kathryn Riley’s long career as a professor who has one foot firmly planted in scholarship while the other is equally rooted in the practice of school improvement. Her insistent (but non- strident) focus on social justice has inspired both me and my students. More importantly, it continues to stimulate teachers and school leaders."
Karen Seashore Louis, Regents Professor and Robert H. Beck Chair of Ideas in Education University of Minnesota, USA
New Project - Depftord , World of Possibilities
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Deptford a World of Possibilities brings together the many voluntary, community and statutory organisations which work with (and for) children and young people, families, and adults of all ages, for the good of everyone in Deptford. It’s sponsored by Deptford Challenge Trust and organised and hosted by Professor Kathryn Riley and DancePoet TioMolina.
To find out about upcoming events email: Jan Donaldson jan@benchhoutreach.com
Deptford: A World of Possibilities is not business as usual. It’s about creating a sense of belonging in this unsettled and troubled world and:

  • Harnessing the wisdom of stakeholders and leaders in Deptford and developing their leadership of place;
  • Growing collaboration and partnership around common purpose; and
  • Unleashing the creativity and talent of the community to make a difference.
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