ABLE 4 School Leaders -  How and Why Relationships Matter in Schools

ABLE 4 School Leaders - How and Why Relationships Matter in Schools

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On-line training programme to support principals, deputy principals & aspiring school leaders to take a relationship-centred approach.

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What is ABLE4School Leaders?

ABLE4School Leaders is a CSL-endorsed training programme for school leaders and aspiring leaders. This evidence-informed programme is based on our ABLE (Adopt a Relational Approach, Build, Listen & Empower) brief intervention model.

How will it help you?

Our programme will give you the skills, insight and knowledge to nurture positive relationships in your school for better outcomes. It will also give you a framework to manage your time and boundaries for your own health and wellbeing.

Why relationships in schools matter

This training reflects national policies and priorities, as stated in the DES Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion:

“Fostering healthy relationships with peers, teachers and school staff are essential to children’s positive experience of school and their cognitive and emotional development. The needs and well-being of school staff are also of paramount importance”.

Who will deliver it?

It will be facilitated by two licensed Relationships in Practice trainers in an experiential, small group, on-line learning experience for up to 12 participants. Our programme supports participants to establish an ABLE Community of Practice.

Key learning aims:

Recognise that relationships are a key social determinant of health and well-being and understand how they impact well-being in schools

Develop skills to build quality relationships with staff, parents and pupils while managing your time and boundaries

Explore the use of reflective functioning in one’s role as a leader in building quality relationships in the school community

Raise awareness of the factors that contribute to the creation of a safe and secure school environment where the concerns and contributions of parents, children and teachers are acknowledged

Provide knowledge, insights and resources for managing conflict in the school community and addressing its impact on children's well-being

Share evidence-base insight into infant mental health, childhood adversity and attachment research to help your understanding of the impact of early relationship experiences on children's health, wellbeing, behaviour and ability to learn


“I would highly recommend it to build nurturing school environments where pupils, parents and staff feel safe- promotes growth and builds good relationships.” - Ellen, Schools Community Support Worker

“So worthwhile, enjoyable and you come away with real skills and strategies to use in challenging situations.” - Sinead, Primary Principal

“This course was excellent. Bernie and Rose are amazing at what they do. They have a wonderful rapport with each other. Their calm and soothing voices really have made the course so enjoyable. They really are the Dream Team.” - Mary, Deputy Principal

For further information please contact Sabrina Moris at sabrina.moris@relationshipsinpractice.ie or 085 8619468


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