There is much research to support that students in caring classroom communities feel a sense of belonging, have strong relationships with their teacher and peers, have higher self-esteems and are more motivated to perform at their highest academic potential.

Students in classrooms that feel safe are more willing to take risks and may become more willing to engage in behaviours such as raising their hand, trying a new math problem or working with a new partner.

Teachers at Hawkesbury Independent School, create caring classroom environments which helps students remain focused on their learning and reduces behaviour problems. When students have strong relationships with teachers and peers, they feel a part of a larger community and are more apt to apply themselves academically.