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New research conducted by Oxford University says arts-based interventions, designed for young people who are disaffected with school, can be very effective.

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Researchers from the University's Department of Education observed a range of programmes and carried out interviews with staff and the young people who attended them. Their report concludes that the out-of-school interventions that gave young people the opportunity to try activities, such as acting or photography, gave them ‘space’ to discard their old identity and find a new one. This could have a 'profound' effect on how they see themselves and others around them, the study reports.

Lead researcher Professor Harry Daniels, from the University's Department of Education, said: 'There has been much anecdotal evidence about the benefits of arts programmes for disaffected young people and our research backs this up. Through working with adult professional artists and young leaders, young people receive some of the emotional tools they need to interact with the world, which can transform the way they see themselves and others around them.'

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