Kathryn Ecclestone is a Professor of Education and Social Inclusion. Before moving into higher education, she worked for 20 years as a practitioner, first in youth employment schemes and then in further and adult education. Kathryn’s research explores the interplay between policy, practice and attitudes to learning and assessment in post-compulsory education, both in the UK and other countries, with a particular interest in Finland. She has recently completed a 5-year research project on vocational education with the Finnish National Board of Education. Current projects and publications evaluate the effects of a ‘therapeutic ethos’ in curriculum content, teaching and assessment across the British education system, and the ways in which broader political and cultural concerns about emotional well-being and resilience influence social policy in relation to social justice and inclusion in social policy, in Finland, Argentina and the UK.