1. Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
For most of us in our daily lives, there are many relationships in force, often simultaneously, as this is a natural consequence of human interaction. In a school environment, relationships are formed at many different levels - between children and their peers, between children and adults in the setting, and also between the adults themselves. It is only when good (positive) relationships are enabled in a school setting between everyone involved, can benefits then be derived for everyone involved, children and adults alike.
Effective communication is the key to building good relationships in any context and takes many different forms – it is not simply using words in a clear, concise way. Effective communication is also not something that happens by chance although many of us will have learned to utilise effective verbal and non-verbal skills and apply them almost without thinking when the situation arises.
In general terms, good communication is a combination of effective skills and practice and is a vital component to enabling positive results and developing positive relationships. Positive relationships in a school setting allow children to learn and develop socially as well as academically.
If we don’t use good communication skills in our interaction with others, our message may be misinterpreted, only partly understood or at worst lost completely. In a school setting specifically, a lack of effective communication between a teacher and pupil (and similarly in the other direction too, between a pupil and teacher) or between the pupils themselves and the teachers themselves, could result in a number of non-positive...