Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Communication & Professional Relationships with Children, young people and adults

When trying to build positive relationships with children, young people and adults it is important to use effective communication.

Since working at a school I have learnt that I need to consider both how to approach others and how to respond to them as it can become difficult to communicate if there is a negative relationship. I also had to tell myself that this is a school and the way I talk to my friends is not the way I should talk to children or my colleagues. There is is certain standard   and boundaries when it comes to communicating with children and if I was to break these standards then the children would find it difficult to understand what type of communication is acceptable.

Effective communication with young children resolves conflicts, build harmony and bridge communication gaps which creates conflicts. The prime reason for such conflict is poor or misunderstood communication, take this problem away and then you have effective positive communication.

Effective questioning with young people such as 'what subjects do like the most?' or 'what subjects do you find easy and hard?' will help children find subjects they find easy and will help them think you are not choosing for them but are supporting them.

When communicating with adults, an effective way makes people realise what they want and expect from each other. When they have positive relationships they work better as a team and have better interests of the child.

The main principles of relationship building are as follows

  Effective communication – this is key to developing positive relationships.
  Showing respect – this is very important as many people come from different cultures and backgrounds, one small but main thing at school is I try to make sure I get all the children’s and teachers names right and when talking to adults in front of teachers I always use their title and...