1.1 Explain Why Effective Communication Is Important in Developing Positive Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults.

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Effective communication is vitally important in the development of positive relationships with children, young people and adults. I make sure that when I am communicating with young people and adults that clear boundaries, expectations and key issues are properly communicated to lay the foundations of our relationship. It is clear both within the school I work in and as a parent that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performance and behaviour is at school. Whether, it’s just being aware of their progress and understanding their achievements and weaknesses, or parents taking a more active role and becoming involved with the school itself when they are able to. This is also the case where pupils have the opportunity to shape their own learning. An example of this need to provide clear, appropriate communication is the pressure from parents for their child to either start a reading book or move up a level. I have been approached regarding this by parents and carers who are distressed that their child is not ‘reading’ when they can identify basic words eg cat, dog. When this has happened I have clearly communicated to the parent/carer that I will talk to the class teacher about their concerns and feed back to them when they are next at school (which is usually at pick up). I then wait until all the children are in and all parents are gone before talking to the teacher. One of us will reassess the child’s reading abilities that day and the teacher will make a decision based upon the result. Often a child is unable to correctly say the sound of an individual letter/digraph/trigraph which is what is holding them back. This is then verbally communicated back to the parent/carer by either me or the teacher and support and advice given on how to develop these weak areas are passed on to the adult involved. It is also equally important that all adults, young people and children feel that they are able to communicate back...