Belonging is not an option for any of us – a sense of belonging is vital for our wellbeing.
Kehily, M. J. (ed.) (2007). Understanding youth: perspectives, identities and practices, London: SAGE Publications (page 173).
Many students find it difficult to identify with their school on any deep level. They feel that their views and interests are denied by the adults in the school community and that they have no part to play in how the school is run or how their learning experiences are organized.
Tasker, M., (2008), Human Scale Education: History, Values and Practice., Bristol: Human Scale Education (page 11).
The pressure on schools to focus on measurements and comparisons of performance can obscure the emotional and interpersonal experience at the heart of teaching and learning. Teacher can become preoccupied by performing and content, which can inhibit their capacity to focus on the emotional experience of learning.
Geddes, H. (2006). Attachment in the Classroom, London, Worth Publishing Ltd (page 60).