Best Practice

Relational practice: Behaviour and culture

When we put relationships at the heart of all we do in schools then everyone benefits – vulnerable children, their peers, and the adults working with them. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at how

Developing a culture where relationships sit at the heart of everything can make a fundamental difference to children’s ability to thrive in school.

The biggest gains will be made with those children who do not have a wealth of trusting relationships outside of school or for whom the day-to-day presents a challenge – but ultimately everyone will benefit from this approach, children and adults.

There are small steps that we can take straight away that will make a difference. Of course, the impact will be felt the most when these strategies are used consistently by all staff, but even a small shift in the right direction will yield results. Here are some simple ideas to try.

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