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Help forward-looking teens to get ahead

Early research shows that focusing on the future can improve adolescents’ learning and wellbeing

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Adolescence is lived in a vivid present tense. It’s an intense time when new emotions, interests and obsessions can overwhelm, and any thoughts of mortgages and pensions belong in a distant parallel universe.

Yet what if simply thinking about the future held out the prospect of improving children’s life chances? If breaking out of the bubble of the present could improve their health – both mental and physical – and help them get more out of their education?

That was the prospect presented by a keynote speaker, Dr Michael McKay, at the most recent annual gathering of Scotland’s educational ...

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