Restorative practices are used within our school to build relationships, promote discipline and prevent harm and conflict occurring. The Restorative Approach focuses on children self–regulating their own behaviour and learning, so that children learn to take ownership of their behaviour and situations.
When dealing with conflict in school between children we address these five themes and associated questions:
- UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES: What happened
- THOUGHTS & FEELINGS: What were you thinking about at the tim
- HARM & AFFECT: Who has been affected and how
- NEEDS: What do you need in order to move on and feel better
- WHAT NEXT? What do you think needs to happen next to put things right?
We address these four key features:
• RESPECT – listening to opinions and learning to value them.
• RESPONSIBILITY – taking responsibility for own actions.
• REPAIR – develop skills within school community to repair harm and ensure the behaviour is not repeated.
• RE-INTEGRATION – work through a structured and supportive process that aims to solve the problem.
We are developing children who will listen to problems and help others restore friendships if they have a falling out. These pupils will also be outstanding role models around school.
They help by ...
- Listening to each individual
- Helping find a solution to a problem
- Helping understand how to be a kind friend
They have learned how to use restorative questions to:
- talk about conflict calmly
- listen to each person’s point of view
- recognise the emotions felt during the conflict
- help everyone involved decide on a way to repair any harm caused
These questions are:
- What happened?
- What were you thinking when it happened?
- How are you now?
- What do you need to feel better?
- What needs to happen to put things right?
They will be on the playground during lunchtime to help anyone who seems lonely, sad or who is having a friendship difficulties.
How will you recognise them?
- They are on the playground during lunchtimes.
- They will be wearing flourescent vests and badges so that they are easy to spot!
- They work in pairs and there are different children on duty each day.
- Their photos are displayed around the school so that childre can find them if you want to talk.
What will they do?
- If they notice anyone who looks sad or lonely they will ask if they can help them.
- If anyone has a problem which has made them feel angry or upset, they will go to the restorative area to talk to the people involved and have a restorative chat to resolve the situation.