Promoting Positive Relationships

Every child and young person has the right to a high quality education. Positive relationships are fundamental to enable effective teaching and learning to take place. All staff focus on positive relationships by looking for opportunities to encourage learner skills, recognise effort and build on strengths. Positive relationships form a foundation that minimises difficulties occurring.

The school uses approaches and strategies which are designed to help prevent and de-escalate difficult situations and identify and support individual support needs.

We understand that everyone learns best when they feel good about themselves. Punishments can make children feel bad about themselves. This can hinder their ability to engage in their learning, including their behaviour. Positive approaches to support behaviour focusses on relationships, skills building, restoration and when appropriate logical or natural consequences appropriate to the child, rather than the implementation of punishments.

We explore and establish “what’s happened” with children. To do this we listen to their response whether that is given verbally or expressed non-verbally and act appropriately. Once the reason and purpose for the child’s behaviour is known we explore how we can develop appropriate support or adaptations to address the issue by promoting well-being, offering coping strategies and agreeing constructive solutions.

We also want to engage directly with parents to foster and develop our positive ethos. To work together to maintain and support shared learning community values and excellent home/school communication. We want to work together to address, prevent and resolve any difficulties should they arise and to build on our strengths together.

We have a small number of easily remembered rules / values which everyone in our learning community knows.

In our school we value-

  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship

These form the basis of all our conversations in relation to behavioural expectations. It is helpful if parents can also discuss these rules/values with their children if there has been an incident in school. The purpose of these conversations is to find solutions and develop skills that will prevent problems in the future.

Our learners are encouraged to uphold our values in everything they do and are reminded of them regularly at assemblies and house meetings. 

In all that we do we work towards high standards of achievement for all learners in all aspects of school life.

We use Restorative Practice at Ratho Primary School. Restorative Practices are all the ways in which we, as a school community, build, maintain and restore relationships.

As a school we do this in a number of ways: class and playground charters, restorative conversations, teaching about resilience and our emotions, relaxation techniques, opportunities for play and proportionate consequences.

Our approaches to supporting children’s emotional and mental well-being can be found on our school website and further details of Restorative Practice can be found on the website’s Restorative Practice Hub. Http:// 

Informative videos on our approaches can also be found on our You Tube channel – Learning Links on our ‘Emotion Matters’ playlist

Positive Behaviour Approaches

Our school recognises the positive behaviour, achievements and successes of our pupils in the following ways:

✓ House Points

✓ Positive praise

✓ Sharing successes at assembly and in class

✓ Whole class rewards

✓ Star pupil awards

✓ Positive Notes home

✓ Vision Vouchers