To coincide with the premiere of The Relational Teacher, a book has been authored as a companion piece to the film. Prefaced by Prof. Colleen McLaughlin (Sussex University) and chapters from the wonderful staff of Linton Village College, it provides a space for the contributors to the documentary to reflect about their experience.

Both this book, and the film that accompanies it, are important. Focusing in particular on teachers as they assess the impact of their relationships with the students they teach, we see them come to view their agency as professionals through a more developmental lens. The authors argue that the teacher who understands the relational dynamics of the classroom is able to have a broad and more complete understanding of each student as an individual, and to encourage the young people they teach to explore their own agency as member of the group, and their own relationship with the teacher and other staff.

The message is incredibly powerful. Its focus on the importance of the quality of human interactions between a teacher and the young people in their care is a million miles from the dominant paradigm of discipline and data-driven accountability. Moreover, the driving force behind Relational Schools – to build a stronger, more connected, and more compassionate society by starting with relationships in schools – is both compelling and urgent.

The book, to coincide with the release of the film of the same name, should be read in conjunction with its companion DVD.


Copies of the text and DVD will be available at the launch event, priced at £15. Why not pre-order your copy today?


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