Best Practice

Relational practice: Improving behaviour and school culture

When we put relationships at the heart of all we do 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 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.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here