Restorative Approach implementation
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The restorative philosophy can provide effective strategies for dealing with pupil discipline, bullying, and all inappropriate behaviour; and as a conversational tool can be used to deal with any incident within the school setting where harm has been caused to relationships. A whole school approach can be as relevant to disputes between staff as it is to disputes between pupils.
It is important to involve, wherever possible, parents, governors, mid-day meal supervisors, support staff, teachers and senior leadership when implementing a restorative practice. The idea is that there are many pieces of a jigsaw which, put together, create a congruent whole- school approach to relationship building and conflict management.
How would you benefit from it?
DfES guidance on school discipline policies states that they should: “Set out the boundaries of what is acceptable, the hierarchy of rewards and sanctions and how they will be fairly and consistently applied.” A well implemented and established restorative school will se e:
A decrease in bullying, racial and sexual harassment incidents
Improvement of children’s emotional literacy
Empathy development amongst staff and pupils
Higher attainment, especially for pupil premium children
Better behaviour across the school
Promotion of self-discipline and proper regard for authority among pupils.