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Department of Education

Josie Scammell

Doctoral Student

College Affiliation: Lady Margaret Hall

Josie is a DPhil student funded by the ESRC Grand Union DTP. Josie’s project is in collaboration with Villiers Park Educational Trust – a national charity specialising in improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged young people.

The main aim of the project is to devise and evaluate a new educational enhancement programme for young people with a history of childhood trauma, with a particular focus on those who are – or have been – in the care system.

Prior to her DPhil, Josie completed a BA (Hons) in English at Oxford Brookes University, and was awarded a bursary to complete an MA in English Literature also at Oxford Brookes University. After spending one year teaching in a specialist SEMH school, Josie gained her PGCE in Secondary (English) at the University of Oxford Department of Education. Josie then worked as an English teacher and Designated Teacher for Looked After Children at a secondary school in Oxford.

Josie’s broader research interests lie within supporting vulnerable learners, the impact of attachment and trauma awareness, and social justice in education.



Improving outcomes for vulnerable young people through trauma-informed interventions to support agency for learning

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