Relational Learning

Supporting learning, development and wellbeing through relationship.

Secure relationships have a direct bearing on children’s capacity to succeed in school. Relationships and belonging are key to success for all children and essential for those who have experienced relational losses and trauma.

Relational learning provides a framework for whole school development and universal provision, as well as attachment based mentoring for those who have the greatest need.


Our Relational Learning Programmes

Core Aims:

  • Develop an understanding of how adverse experiences and trauma may impact on emotional development and wellbeing
  • Raise empathy and understanding for children who may be finding school hard
  • Develop whole school practice, procedures and policy aligned to relational learning
  • Enable the adults working with children to be able to read their behaviour in terms of underlying needs and provide for these needs in terms of what they are doing and how they are being with them
  • Support adults to develop the skills they need to form secure relationships with the children they work with, use coaching skills to support their development and practical skills to support their inclusion
  • Support adults to become reflective practitioners who can be responsive to children’s needs and adapt to different situations

Attachment Based Mentoring Programme

The Attachment Based Mentoring Programme aims to meet the specific needs of children who are most in need, by providing them with a significant adult in school who will become a safe base and is able to provide relational support through coaching and mentoring.

This three day training draws on theories and research from the fields of attachment, coaching and resilience, ABM is a comprehensive practical guide as to what to do and how to be to ensure that the individual needs of each child are met.

The approach aims to enable children to feel safe, connected, and capable - forming positive relationships and enjoying learning.

You will:

  • Understand the needs of all children including the most vulnerable and how they can find it difficult to engage with learning • Learn how to become the child’s significant adult
  • Meet attachment needs by considering the mentoring relationship
  • Develop solution focused coaching and mentoring skills
  • Consider the wider role of the mentor in terms of social learning, advocacy and practical support

This course is aimed at: Teachers and Teaching Assistants who will be Attachment Based Mentors and Senior Leaders who have a responsibility for student support and wellbeing.

Relational Learning: Relationships for Learning, Development and Wellbeing

This one day course explores the theories which underpin our understanding of effective relationships and their role in learning, development and wellbeing as well as developing the skills and practical strategies that underpin the relational approach.

The course includes:

  • Why relationships are key to teaching and learning
  • The biology of emotions, behaviour and social development
  • The role of the adult as a source of safety, security, regulation and belonging
  • The impact of anxious relationships on thoughts, feelings and behaviour and what we can do to help
  • Using Relational Support Plans to develop universal to targetted support

This course is suitable for whole school inset and can be delivered as a conference for larger groups.

Developing Whole School Relational Practice and Policy

Aimed at senior leaders, this one day course introduces a whole school approach to relational practice and policy by providing guidance on:

  • Establishing a shared understanding and framework for building relationships, regulating and de-escalating challenging behaviour and using restorative approaches to promote learning and reparation
  • Developing behaviour policies which support a relational rather than behaviourist approach to personal development and which are in line with up-to-date guidance, research and evidence
  • Whole school practice and systems which are inclusive, responsive and promote positive relationships and an ethos which is beneficial to all members of the school community
  • A graduated response which enables schools to meet the needs of children who are most in need

This course is aimed at: Headteachers and Senior Leaders responsible for whole school development.

Train the Trainer: Attachment Based Mentoring Programme

Our Train the Trainer programme is a five day training programme providing you with everything you need in order to deliver the ABM programme yourself. Updated materials, video sessions and email support are available with the programme’s annual subscription. The Trainer Manual is included and delegate reference books are available.

This comprehensive, research and evidence based programme enables your Local Authority, Educational Psychology Team, Virtual School Team or Multi-Academy Trust to deliver our Attachment Based Mentoring programme to your local schools and staff. This model represents excellent value for money and offers you the opportunity to earn revenue on your delivery of the three day school programme.

Relational Learning Brochure

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