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Manchester: betrayal and belonging in a welcoming city

Kathryn Riley.  One of my favourite photographs shows two handsome women, elegantly dressed in black, with mantillas draped over their heads. They’re talking animatedly to a smiling male figure dressed in white. He’s wearing a skull cap. A sense of

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Posted in Leadership and management, Social sciences and social policy

Migration: it will be up to the next generation to change the picture

Kathryn Riley.  There is a photograph called ‘Migrant Mother’. It is an arresting black and white shot. The woman is centre stage and gazes sideways on. She is beyond exhaustion: every line etched in her face tells its own story.

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Posted in International development, Social sciences and social policy

Reclaiming the future: schools where children belong even in a volatile world

Kathryn Riley. I’ve had to grit my teeth many times of late, before engaging with the ‘News’: the fragile and alien social and political landscape; the unfolding stories of the sexual abuse of our children and young people; the discourse

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Posted in Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How can school leaders who exclude foster a climate of belonging?

Kathryn Riley.  There are some depressing statistics in the air at the moment: it must be the change in the seasons. They include an increase in hate crimes post Brexit – which led the Big Issue (September 26-October 2nd) to

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Isn’t time we focused on what matters – schools in which staff, students and families feel they belong?

Kathryn Riley.   I amble across the tranquil shores of Studland Bay, Dorset on an unexpectedly hot day. My Labrador Finnegan is in fine fettle. Not being a sun worshiper, I’m dressed in a baggy pair of cotton trousers, long

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