Explain Why Effective Communication Is Important in Developing Positive Relationships

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Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults. It’s widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school. Whether, it’s just being aware of their progress and understanding their achievements or parents taking a more active role and becoming involved with the school itself. In order to establish and maintain interest there needs to be regular and reliable communication and sharing of information between the school and pupils families. Schools must create an effective partnership by providing an open and communicative environment with its wider community, forming a link between the classroom, home and the school and family. If there is a communication breakdown between school, parents and pupils this could have a damaging impact on the pupil’s educational and emotional performance. To be effective communicator and strengthen positive relationships we need to think about what we are going to say and how we are going to say it. Communication however, is a two way thing; it involves listening as well as speaking. How we listen to others is important, being empathic builds good relationships with children and young people making them feel that you have seen their point of view. In doing this they will feel supported and understood and are much more likely to trust and be open with you. When effective communication is missing, teachers can misunderstand or be ignorant of children’s needs and expectations further more pupils may not feel listened to or understood. A lack of understanding can leave a pupil feeling worried or angry. Teachers and other adults working in the school setting need to form a positive approach and model effective communication to help children understand the boundaries expected of them. If teacher’s expectations are met in the classroom then the pupil’s social, emotional and learning development will flourish. We all want to have good positive relationships with adults and children alike as it helps with our general wellbeing. If you treat people in the way you would like to be treated and can communicate effectively in all aspects of life, you form sound relationships. Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults. We all want to feel comfortable with adults, children and young people without barriers or ill feelings. We usually have a general first impression on someone on the way they speak, act and look but relationships need to be built on, continuously. Within the school setting you need to consider how your communication with all staff, whatever position they may hold, can have an impact on not only on an individual but how it can reflect on the school, pupil, parents and community. It is important to show respect to adults and pupils alike, regardless of their role, beliefs, culture or even your own values. We are all individuals and we need to respect and listen to other people’s views. There are many pupils and people working in the school but if you take the time and trouble to remember their names or how they liked to be addressed them already feel they are being treated like an individual and feel valued. As individuals we need to remember issues or aspects of their lives that may be important to them. It is important to remember and celebrate for instance a child’s birthday. Positive attention demonstrates your interest and value you hold to that individual. Being considerate to people’s individual needs is important whether it is on a personal or work level. We all have times where we might have to deal with a stressful situation or are working to a tight deadline and by having a little bit of consideration and empathy helps develop positive relations. We need to demonstrate that we can actively listen, interact, show interest and value individuals. Whether, individually or as a group,...
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