A-Z of Ethical Communication in Education: E is for External

External factors that affect communication in education are multiple. Firstly is the public perception of those involved as educators and learners Then there are the policies, laws and edicts of the government that shape, add texture and give direction to those within. Then is the structure of the schools themselves. Many now are academy trusts with a very specific expectation and view of those who study and work within them (the McSchooling system as it is sometimes referred to.)

Secondly, there are the financial constraints whether a McEnvironment or not. Bottoms on seats dictate the amount of money received so the emphasis can be on how a place is SEEN to thrive as opposed to the actual engagement of learners.

Finally, there are the life experiences of staff and learners themselves that influence the ability to thrive, work creatively or be successful. The way staff and learners emotionally connect and empathise with each other will have a huge effect. There is also the constraints or the level of openness establishments display towards those within that can mean the difference between progressing or failing.

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