Schools

Restorative Practice is a relational approach to building a strong school culture that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment. 

"Life in a school is about relationship building...with relationships in place anything can happpen"  -Melissa Eddington

Are you looking to create a strong school culture, through a results and outcome focused approach?  Restorative Practice is recognised as a effective way for schools to build community, improve engagement with all and deal with conflict and trensions in a way that rebuilds relationships. 

This way of working is about being explicit in our approach to putting relationships central to everything we do – including how we build, maintain and repair relationships.

The traininig and consultancy i offer always has meaning , purpose and adds value to your school community. 

Key Benefits of Restorative, Relational and Collaborative Practice across school communities - 

  • Builds community, meaningful relationships and strengthens effectiveness of teams and its resilience.

  • Promotes positive choices

  • School communities flourish, enjoying life, happier, more successful, increases in connectedness to school and participation in curriculum

  • Increases in self worth, confidence, contribution, tolerance and acceptance

  • Decreases in conflict, disengagement and strengthens self awareness and awareness of personal impact on others

  • Links between thoughts, emotions, actions

  • Increases in connectedness and kindness

  • Increases in emotional intelligence, including increases in positive emotions and also encourages expression of these emotions

  • Decreases in conflicts, disruptions and encourages forgiveness

  • Accountability and ownership

  • Improving social problem solving

  • Building interpersonal skills - , for adults and young people, teachers and students - Active listening, patience, emotional regulation

  • Conflicts are resolved, reducing ongoing issues

  • Builds empathy and understanding

  • People are more prepared to take responsibility for their actions

  • Creates clarity of language, purpose and values

  • Models key values

  • Develops autonomy, ownership and participation in decision making at various levels

  • Increases student engagement and attendance

  • Increases the development of values such as respect, compassion and acceptance

  • Increases capacity for improvement

  • Creates the language and currency for challenge

  • Creates the confidence to take risks and innovate

  • Give vulnerable people back their power

  • Creates safe, respectful boundaried conversations

  • Encourages people to take responsibility for themselves and others

  • Enables people to find and express their authentic voice

For further information about developing Restorative Practice across schools or to have an initial discussion, please contact Mark on 07525 173258 or complete our online enquiry form.

Research and publications

Restorative Practice in Schools: Resource and Reading List

The following list provides background information and examples of the range of approaches that schools are currently using in relation to peer support, Peer Mediation and Restorative Practice.

General

Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools: A Guide to Restorative Practice (2009) Richard Hendry. Routledge, London ISBN-10: 0415544270

Restorative Solutions: Making it Work (2008) Colin Newton and Helen Mahaffey. Inclusive Solutions UK Limited ISBN-10: 0954635140

Restorative Practices in Classrooms: Rethinking Behaviour Management (2004) Margaret Thorsborne & David Vinegrad. Incentive Publishing, Milton Keynes. ISBN: 1904407056

Just Schools: A Whole School Approach To Restorative Justice (2003) Belinda Hopkins. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN: 1843101327

The Little Book of Restorative Justice (2002) Howard Zehr. Good Books. Intercourse PA. ISBN: 1561483761

DVD

‘Building Our Community’ A film about Restorative Practices in Collingwood Primary School (Hull). Produced by Hull Centre for Restorative Practice Available from http://www.hullcentreforrestorativepractice.co.uk/

‘An introduction to Restorative practices at Endeavour High School’ (Hull). Produced by Hull Centre for Restorative Practice - Available from http://www.hullcentreforrestorativepractice.co.uk/

‘Restorative practice at Carr Manor Community School’ (Leeds) – Available direct from the school.

‘Peer Mediation in Keith Grammar’ (Moray Council) A scheme developed by Sacro. Available from Local Community network, St Peters Primary School, St Peters Terrace, Buckie, AB56 1QN Tel: 01542 836013/888161

Ofsted observed and made the following two comments following their 2014 inspection at Carr Manor Community School in February 2014

The behaviour and safety of pupils -  Outstanding rating 

    • Students say that behaviour has improved a lot in recent years because of the introduction of restorative practice and the use of small-group coaching. ‘It encourages us to be responsible for our own behaviour and to think about the consequences for other people if we behave badly’, was the astute observation of one student.

The leadership and management - Outstanding rating 

    • The introduction of restorative practices has been so successful in improving behaviour that it is now truly outstanding. The school is well placed to improve further. 

You can watch an inspiring film from this school on the 'what i do' section of this site.