Making positive connections with students is like doing a jigsaw

Relationships with pupils have to be put together piece by piece, writes Clare Erasmus – teachers need to take their time to build a complete picture and not give up when something doesn’t seem to fit

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Building healthy relationships with the students you work with is important, but don’t let anyone tell you it’s easy. Because it isn’t. You wear many hats as a teacher – from academic specialist and personal motivator to behaviour monitor and pastoral support worker – and the relationships you develop with students reflect this.

It is all about building trust between you and the young person in numerous ways, and this takes confidence, time and a whole lot of resilience.

I like to think of the relationships that exist between teachers and students as jigsaws: every piece matters and is a ...

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