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The impact of school based counselling on young people’s capacity to study and learn

Rupani, Pooja and Haughey, Nuala and Cooper, Mick (2012) The impact of school based counselling on young people’s capacity to study and learn. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

This paper explores how school-based counselling might impact young people’s capacity to study and learn. Previous research has indicated that counselling in schools has an indirect positive impact on academic achievement. A mixed methods approach, using a semi structured qualitative interview and a questionnaire, was employed with 21 young people who have been recipients of school-based counselling in the UK. The findings from the interviews were analysed using thematically. All participants felt counselling had in some way benefitted their studying and learning. Counselling was perceived by clients as positively impacting upon their academic achievement by improving their concentration; motivation to study and attend school; behaviour in class; and relationships with teachers. The findings replicate evidence from previous research that school-based counselling indirectly benefits young people’s capacity to study and learn.