improving school climate

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Research shows that when it comes to student achievement, a positive school ‘climate’ is considered as a highly important factor. Safety, teaching and learning, relationships within the school and the general environment are all essential aspects of the school climate. To create and sustain a positive school climate, different stakeholders should take an active role in creating a culture of shared responsibility and mutual support. Good peer relationships, trust in one’s teachers and school policies that students perceive as fair will play a major role in determining the school climate, as well as engaging in supportive practices, accommodating individual student needs and addressing student strengths and interests. To develop a positive climate, each institution can offer a variety of activities that students can participate in – student interaction with school activities fosters a sense of belonging, which is also proven to have a positive effect.

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