Effective relationships in education

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
The focus for all staff at The SCOTS PGC College is on developing the individual student into a lifelong learner with a positive self-esteem to succeed, and enable them to develop and engage in an ever changing world. Students spend approximately 7 to 8 hours a day for 10 months of the year with their teachers. Given the amount of time a student spends at school, the ongoing maintenance of quality, positive student/teacher relationships at school is central to a student’s long lasting academic and social development. The outcomes associated with a positive educational experience can vary greatly, given that all students are at a different stage of the learning process. However, the values that students and teachers possess in a quality, positive educational relationship are the same, regardless of educational ability. Values of a quality student/teacher relationship:

Mutual respect, both in and out of classroom.

Good communication and listening.

Interest in teaching – from the teacher’s point of view.

Interest in learning – from the student’s point of view.

For the teacher to value the student’s sense of belonging.

For the student to value each other’s right to learn.

In summary, the key element to quality student/teacher educational relationships is the ability for teachers to learn from their students and students to recognise their ability to succeed. There are many ways that both staff and students can develop quality relationships in their daily interactions with each other. Not only will it contribute to a positive learning environment, but it also improves the quality of school life for everyone – staff , students and parents. We are fortunate at the College that all staff value learning and quality relationships in education. The ability for students to develop into self managed and motivated lifelong learners, underpins their resilience to learning. This enhances quality educational relationships between staff , students and their parents. Staff are well aware of the importance of these relationships in combination with their teaching methodology to help students achieve and go beyond their inherent potential. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair a broken men” – Fredrick Douglass

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