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Relationship based Education

What is Relationship based Education?

Relationship based Education is a philosophy of education that puts relationships at the centre.

It is a tool for long-term culture change and for addressing challenges.

The key messages are:

  • Relationships that form in the educational environment are the bedrock for everything else that happens.
  • The fundamentals of a positive relationship (Trust, Forgiveness, Integrity, Hope, Compassion) apply to all relationships, including those in the educational environment.

Parents Victoria has 95 years’ experience when it comes to listening to parents and educators. We know that things don’t always run smoothly; misunderstandings and conflicts occur between teachers and students, between school and home, and we’ve helped to resolve many of them. We believe that quality relationships are the key to quality education for our children. These pages provide empirical evidence, a philosophical background, practical advice and examples to support our belief that relationships are central to learning.

The resources on these pages are intended for educators and parents.

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RbE in two pages

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Email Parents Victoria at rbe@parentsvictoria.asn.au

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What we offer

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Restorative practices

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Anti-bulling policy

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Parents Victoria

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John Hendry OAM

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For schools: further reading

Online articles Kindness in School: Insights from Students and Teachers John-Tyler Binfet, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada  This article draws on

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RbE – an introduction booklet

At the PV2019 Annual Conference we launched a collection of articles, published in an introduction booklet to RbE. The articles set out some of the basic principles of Relationship based Education. Article titles are: How

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If you’re interested in the ideas and resources on this website, you may want to take the next step and invite John Hendry to work with your school. John takes a holistic approach, working with

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The Relationship Quotient

Whether it is a friendship, a team, a family, a school, a business, a romance or the relationship between a teacher and her students, there are values that underpin successful quality relationships. This series of

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Restorative practices

Restorative practices & relationship-based education Download this article as a PDF There tend to be two understandings of a “restorative approach” and/or “restorative programs” in schools: one is simple, perhaps simplistic, the other is more

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Anti-bulling policy

This anti-bullying policy was one of the outcomes of a Relationship Based Education program at Salisbury North Primary School in SA. (Read more about the program at Salisbury North.) The policy was “designed by the

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Parents Victoria

Parents Victoria is a statewide democratic organisation representing parents of students in Victorian government schools. Parents Victoria strongly supports John’s work in Relationship Based Education. We believe the family-school partnership is an incredibly powerful relationship

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John Hendry OAM

The Relationship Based Education program for schools was developed by John Hendry OAM. John leads and facilitates the workshops and sessions in schools. Experience John has been an educator for more than 50 years, in

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Evidence for Relationship based Education

The resources listed here provide research evidence for the principles of Relationship Based Education. Online resources Minnesota Longitudinal Study The Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation has been running since 1975. The study has

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For schools: further reading

Online articles Kindness in School: Insights from Students and Teachers John-Tyler Binfet, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada  This article draws on classroom research to show how students and teachers understand the

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