Are you an adoptive parent with a child in secondary school? Would your child be interested in talking to me about their experience of school?

This research request comes from Becci Best. Becci is training to be an Educational Psychologist at the UCL Institute of Education. For her doctoral research, she would like to interview adopted children and young people about their experience of school. She is looking to recruit children adopted from care in England and Wales, who currently attend a mainstream secondary school.

Project Title:

Using the educational experiences of adopted children and young people to inform educational psychology practice.

Becci Best

Why is this research important?

  • Parents, teachers and researchers report that some adopted children experience emotional, social and academic challenges at school.
  • Whilst researchers write a lot about how they think adopted children should be supported in school, few explore the perspectives of the young people themselves.
  • Therefore, I would like to talk to adopted young people to hear about their educational experiences and find out what helps them in school.

What will my child be asked to do?

Your child will be asked to take part in an individual interview in a setting of their choice. Interviews will take approximately one hour. They will take place between February and July, to suit your child and avoid the exam period.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested and think your child might like to take part, please email for more information.

Thank you!