Sophie Maxwell has firsthand experience of being isolated from education through her own exclusion age 14. Turning her life around after years of homelessness and regaining control of her education, Sophie successfully completed a Degree and is now running her own Alternative NEET Engagement College. She talks about: What she learnt through her own disengagement and how she now implements it within her own Really NEET Methodology; the importance of differentiation and relevant cultural content within lessons; the matching and pacing technique; reflective realizations and stirring empathy; successful approaches to the recruitment of isolated students. One foundation principle is to connect the young person to their passion giving them purpose. This enables the disengaged young person to see the worth in education, and empowers them to take control of their futures.