Boosting School Belonging: Practical Strategies to Help Adolescents Feel Like They Belong at School, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Boosting School Belonging

Practical Strategies to Help Adolescents Feel Like They Belong at School, 1st Edition

By Kelly-Ann Allen, Peggy Kern


192 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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With rising rates of youth mental illness, disconnection and social isolation, strategies are needed that can help stem the tide. A sense of belonging to one’s school is associated with good school performance, physical and psychological wellbeing, and offers a quintessential solution to help address many of the issues faced by young people today.

Grounded in theory, research, and practical experience, Boosting School Belonging provides 48 activities for practitioners and teachers to use with classes, groups, or individual to help secondary students develop a sense of school belonging. Through six modules, readers will understand the evidence underlying each module, identify fun and practical tools to use with young people, and develop strategies for helping young people connect with teachers, parents, peers, themselves, learning, and help.

The evidence-based strategies and concepts make it an invaluable resource for teachers, psychologists and counsellors looking to help foster a sense of school belonging amongst students.

Table of Contents





Module 1: Connecting with Teachers

Module 2: Connecting with Parents

Module 3: Connecting with Peers

Module 4: Connecting with Oneself

Module 5: Connecting with Learning

Module 6: Connecting with Help

Conclusion: Becoming A Belonger

Further Reading


About the Authors



About the Authors

Dr Kelly Allen is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist and senior lecturer at Monash University. Kelly-Ann is also an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne and fellow of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists. Her work as a practitioner and academic has informed an avid interest in bridging research and practice in the field of school belonging."

Dr Peggy Kern is a faculty member at the Centre for Positive Psychology within the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Her research examines who thrives in life, why, and strategies to support optimal development. You can find out more about Dr Kern’s work at

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