Feeling different
in the world of education.


This three year, interdisciplinary project, based in a Primary School in Manchester, Researchers from Manchester Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam Universities are working together with young people and the wider school community to explore what oddness might mean; what its value is, why it matters, and what it reveals about ordinary, everyday encounters between people, places and things inside school and beyond.

The project engages with young people’s perceptions of difference, strangeness and unfamiliarity in different spaces, times and experiences and asks how this sense of strangeness affects their lives in ways that can be exciting, scary, curious, exhilarating, or threatening.

The whole school community are taking a creative journey into the concept of ‘odd-ness’. We needed an interdisciplinary approach to break out of conventional educational thinking about difference and conformity

Dr Rachel Holmes