- Relational Proximity Framework -

The Relational Schools Foundation measures and improves the quality of relationships in schools. Through the use of validated survey tools, we apply the Relational Proximity Framework, measuring the distance in the relationship between two people or organisations, and generating data which indicates how well each person engages with the thinking, emotions and behaviour of the other.

Relational Proximity is defined in terms of five main relational domains: communication, time, knowledge, power and purpose. In the model, these are a part of every relationship, whether inter-personal or inter-organisational. Relational Proximity, therefore, is demonstrated when high levels of the five related ‘drivers’ are present. Each has a number of components or sub-drivers. These, and their outcomes, are shown in the table below:

So the starting point for our research is an empirical analysis of the prioritized relationship. The framework generates a score for the relational health of a pair of individuals and provides the basis for evaluation and interventions. As both parties communicate their perceptions of the relationship, it is possible to explore perception gaps and suggest how the relationship can be positively influenced and developed. It also provides an index by which schools can be compared within education systems and internationally.

We have an exclusive license to apply the Relational Proximity Framework in the education sector, and through our work, we have developed unique evidence-based insights into the areas described above. Whilst other organisations apply the tool in different sectors, there are no other organisations carrying out the same work, nor developing the same platform.

For a more detailed overview of what we have found, see this paper.