Developing Positive Relationships in your School

What do we mean by Positive Relationships?

When we talk about developing positive relationships in school we mean a connection with other individuals based on warmth, empathy and respect. Respectful relationships are the glue that holds a positive school community together and includes all relationships, virtual and face to face including; pupils and staff, pupil to pupil, staff and pupils and other in the wider community of the school such as parents, governors and visitors. This should also include our relationships with ourselves which is often fundamental to how we treat others.

 "Relationships is the single biggest factor in terms of happiness for children and young people: Friends… Family… Getting on with teachers… Socialising… Getting on with others…"

The Good Childhood Report - Children’s Society 2017


Key aspects of positive relationships is linked to feeling:

  • Loved and cared for
  • Listened to
  • Supported in times of need
  • Enjoyment and fun

Ideas for developing positive relationships:


  • Task your school's Wellbeing Action Group with developing policy and practice around the importance of friends and social connection including pupil and teacher interactions. Set high expectations that everyone signs up to
  • Enable PSHCE provision that enables children and young people to explore and develop better understanding through Relationships Education using evidence-based and creative models such as LIFEbeat 
  • Provide staff training in attachment, Emotion Coaching to strengthen emotional literacy and improve behaviour
  • Use the voice of young people to explore the issues around technology and virtual relationships
  • Provide systems and opportunities to engage socially with the wider community of the school
  • Enhance the ways that the school communicates and interacts with parents, carers and wider community