Relationship circle


Summary of this person-centered thinking tool

This tool is a visual summary of who is important in the pupil’s life. It is a way to understand the number, spread and depth of relationships that the pupil has, and to then think about how to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones. The information about who is important can then be added to the pupil’s one-page profile. Pupils can use photos or draw the people in their life. It can be represented as circles or as a map.

Relationship circle

Benefits for pupils

  • Can be useful as a way to reflect on relationships and how they can be strengthened, or think about developing new relationships.
  • If a pupil needs support, this can help identify who in the pupil’s life may be able to offer this (for example if the pupil has a personal budget).
  • Important when using the ‘matching’ tool to think about the relationships that work well for the pupil and to identify the characteristics of the people they get on with best.
  • To begin to develop a ‘Circle of Friends’.

Benefits for parents

  • Could help them to understand their child’s network of friendships and relationships, and anything the family can do to support this.
  • Could be used with a group of parents to think about how to continue to improve and develop relationships between the school and families as part of the school development plan.

Benefits for school staff and teams

  • Could develop a relationship map for the whole school by getting the staff to think about the different people and relationships that are important to the school – for example families; inspectors; local community leaders; suppliers; professionals/community team; and how these could be improved or extended.

Benefits for others

  • A way for Governors to learn who is important to the school – another approach to stakeholder mapping to inform the school development plan.
  • Helps Governors and school staff to think about partnerships with people and how these can be developed (for example PTA, local business leaders) and decide which relationships to invest in and to plan ways to do this.
  • Important in considering who to communicate with outside the school to share successes (or challenges) with.