Education research and consultancy from Cambridge, UK

At the Relational Schools Project we believe that good relationships make for outstanding education. That is why we are committed to working with schools, academics and policy makers to help improve the key stakeholder relationships and raise the overall standard of education. It is well documented that the most important relationships in education are often those between parents and the school, teachers and students, and among student groups.

Our work has two main strands. Firstly, we conduct research into current issues in education and seek to engage with the academic community and policy makers. Secondly, we work with schools ‘on the ground’ to help them improve their working practices and educational outcomes.

We are an education research and consultancy group supported by Relational Research and the Relationships Foundation. We are affiliated with the College of Teachers. To find out more, why not visit our About us page or read education blog. You can also find plenty of free education policy resources on our Resources page.

Parental engagement, classroom management and peer relationships

Studies show that the relationships which most affect educational outcomes are often those between parents and the school, teachers and students, and among peer groups.

In order to improve the educational experience of students and improve outcomes, evidence suggests that a relentless focus on the quality of teaching and leadership governs a school’s success. Our recent focus has been at classroom level.

Relational Schools Project believes that the foundations of outstanding teaching and learning lie in the development of quality relationships between teachers and students. Evidence suggests that students who develop positive relationships with teachers achieve stronger academic outcomes. The better the relationship between a teacher and student, the better academically a student will perform. But it is more than that; research tells us that students need to feel connected to school. Students who feel connected to school, and feel cared for by people at school, are happier, healthier as well as being students who achieve better academic outcomes.

Likewise, the quantity and quality of parental involvement with schooling (within the home and in their engagement with the school) is a critical external factor.

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Relational Schools staff

  • Rob Loe

    Director

    Former Assistant Principal now leading the Relational Schools team. Studied education at Cambridge. Fellow of the RSA.

    • r.loe@relationalresearch.org
    • +44(0)1223 781 171
    • 09:00 to 17:00
  • Rebecca Purton

    Junior Research Associate

    Becca is studying Sociology at Durham University and is working as a Research Associate for Relational Schools over the summer.

    • office@relationalschools.org
    • +44(0)1223 781 172
    • 09:00 to 17:00
  • Joshua Hemmings

    Communications and Marketing

    Having studied Theology at Cambridge, Josh now does communications and marketing for the Relational Schools team.

    • j.hemmings@relationalresearch.org
    • +44(0)1223 781 172
    • 09:00 to 17:00
  • Ben Gibbs

    Business Development Consultant

    Ben has worked in the UK and international schools sector, including roles in policy, assessment, research and schools. Fellow and education associate of the RSA, and a Director at the Teacher Support Network.

    • ben@restart-ed.co.uk
    • +44(0)1223 781 172
    • 09:00 to 17:00
  • Helena Marsh

    Policy Development Partner

    Deputy Principal and English teacher. Passionate about pedagogy and creating opportunities for high quality professional learning.

    • office@relationalschools.org
    • +44(0)1223 781 172
    • 09:00 to 17:00
  • Simon Armitage

    Policy Development Partner

    Senior leader and Geography teacher with a track record for establishing successful innovation and strategic change particularly in post-16 education, school communications and student guidance.

    • office@relationalschools.org
    • +44(0)1223 781 172
    • 09:00 to 17:00

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