Relationships In Schools

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The building and maintaining of relationships is essential for a school to work efficiently and productively. Open relationships between students, staff, parents and the school community establish trust and an effective learning and working environment. The Elton Report (1989) identifies that consistency and fairness in relationships between staff and pupils can contribute to positive pupil behaviour and a sense of community. Teachers and support staff that have developed an effective relationship with their pupils based on mutual respect are able to facilitate a learning environment where disruptive behaviour is not positively received by peers, and such behaviour can be dealt with quickly before it has a chance to get out of control. Only…show more content…
Within a school setting, there are two types of adult relationship that will be encountered; adults that work within the school system such as teachers, governors, support staff and adults who don’t, such as parents and guardians. Each one of these relationships should be built on professionalism and respect. The way you portray yourself to others can reflect back on the school as you are considered to be a role model and ambassador of the schools principles and ethics. It is important to follow the schools code of conduct when interacting with other adults. Examples of this includes; respecting the roles of your colleagues and supporting them if needed, giving factual and precise information to parents and governors about the children and respecting the confidentiality of each child. Unlike the relationships you build with children and young people that you work with, the relationships you build with adults may not be based on regular contact. It is therefore essential that you make the right impression from the very beginning, and maintain that impression…show more content…
Listening, without jumping to conclusions or having preconceived ideas about what and whom you are listening to, is a key component when maintaining relationships. This is especially true when dealing with issues between or with children. Encouraging children and young people to share their problems means that disputes are less likely to escalate. However, children and young people are only likely to open up to you if they consider you to be trustworthy and fair. This is why it is important to avoid any stereotyping and give everyone their time to talk and put their point of view across. This is also true of maintaining relationships with adults. Making sure not to talk over others, being approachable and demonstrating active listening skills will help to maintain healthy relationships with others. It is important to treat everyone else how you yourself would like to be treated. Having good manners, being courteous and respectful will not only encourage effective relationships but will also teach others, especially children and young people, how to do the same and build their own strong relationships with their peers and other adults. If you show children and young people that you respect their point of view and do not dismiss anything they have to say as being unimportant, then that will encourage
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