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Five ways to build connections and stronger relationships with your students

Strong relationships are crucial to supporting our students. Steven Russell looks at five approaches that will help teachers to build connections and effective relationships with the students in their classrooms

I spent my entire childhood in the care system – and during this time I was educated in five different schools.

As the founder of Elements SEMH Support, I have also spent the last 16 years supporting some of the most vulnerable children and young people in residential care, family support, and within the education sector.

At the heart of all I do is relationships, and in this article, I would like to offer five approaches to use with your students so that you can build stronger relationships.

First, let’s start with why

Let’s face it, building any relationship takes time and energy – so why bother? Why go through those difficult and challenging emotional barriers?

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