RESTORATIVE PRACTICES

Restorative Practice is the approach we use when dealing with any incident in our school. Restorative Practices are innovative ways to build safe, respectful and caring communities whilst supporting students to take responsibility for their actions. Restorative Practices allow students to acknowledge harmful behaviour, repair any harm that has been done, restore relationships and remain involved with the school community in a positive manner. Restorative Practices are used to manage conflict and difficulties within our school community to promote positive relationships which enable better behaviour and learning. All staff members are trained in the principles of Restorative Practice.

 

The aims of Restorative Practices are:

  • To allow all students involved in the incident to have a sense of fairness and justice.
  • For students to gain a greater insight into the impact of their behaviours on others and to take responsibility for their actions.
  • For students to participate in healing of the hurt and repairing damaged relationships.
  • For the student to remain a member of the school community which can continue to offer support and a sense of belonging.
  • To combine a high level of limit setting and boundaries with an equally high level of support and encouragement.
  • To make the school a safer, happier place with reduced bullying, increased attendance and greater opportunities for support and mediation.
  • For staff and parents to work with students rather than doing things to them or for them.

How does it work?

  • The students involved agree that a conflict or issue has taken place and agree to try to fix things.
  • All those involved have a chance to tell their side of the story in a restorative chat.
  • All those involved have a chance to say what they think should happen to fix the relationship.
  • An agreement is reached between the students and relationships are healed where possible.
  • The staff member involved facilitates the discussion but it is driven by the students. Agreements are decided upon wholly by the students.
  • Disciplinary procedures may still be involved depending on the incident.

What questions are involved in a restorative chat?

  • What has happened?
  • Who has been affected or harmed?
  • How can we fix it?
  • How can we do things differently in the future?

Individual conference

  • John, we need to talk about………………………………………………………………………………….
  • John, what were you feeling or thinking about when you…………………………………………..…….?
  • What made you decide to do that?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • When you ……………………………………………………………., who was affected by your behaviour?
  • In what ways?
  • How has this affected you?
  • What do you need to do to fix things?
  • What can I do to help you?

See also, Behaviour.