Carr Junior School


A Welcome from our Head of School - Mrs Kerr Welcome to Carr Junior School: a wonderful, vibrant school in the West of York. There are many special things about our school; however, without a doubt, the people are the stars of our school.

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Restorative Values

Restorative Practice at Carr Junior School

Restorative Practice at Carr Junior school helps further develop positive behaviour, aids conflict resolution, promotes emotional literacy and encourages responsibility and accountability. Children then can play confidently without being harmed or upset, learn how to build and maintain friendships and learn how their behaviour affects others. All this improves social and communication skills.

So what is it and how is it done?

Restorative approach takes different forms at our school.


One form is where children learn how to 'De-Bug'. This is a five step method pupils use to resolve possible conflict themselves.


  • Step one - Ignore them 
  • Step two - Move away

  • Step three - Talk friendly

  • Step four - Talk firmly

  • Step five - Get adult help

Also pupils can use the peer mediators who are trained to assist children resolve their issues and disputes.

Restorative Justice is a step further where adult intervention is necessary.


This has three parts:

  • Non prepared 'On the spot' conference. This is when a conflict or problem occurs and can be dealt with 'on the spot'. All staff are trained in facilitating a discussion. Each of the pupils involved are asked:

  1. What happened?

  2. What were you thinking when it happened?

  3. What needs to happen to put things right?

  4. What are you going to do differently next time? (What could be done to stop at happening again?)


  • Prepared Restorative Justice Group Circle. This is where a conflict is discussed at length. Pupils are asked if they would be prepared to join in a group to discuss and help resolve a particular issue. The adult facilitator will take notes to aid clarification. An agreement may be reached and some pupils will be asked to sign the agreement. Several pupils or a whole class may be involved; the majority may not have been directly involved but will be there to offer their valued opinion, especially if the issue raised could be having an effect on their enjoyment of school. If a pupil takes part in a Restorative circle they will receive a sticker in their planner.


  • Prepared Restorative Justice Group Circle including parents. This is where a conflict or issue is discussed at length similar to a prepared circle for pupils but where it is felt valuable for parents to be included.


Any questions?
Miss B or Mrs Darton will be happy be help or answer any further questions you may have.

Want to read more? 
Restorative Practices in the Classroom by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad.

Why Restorative Justice by Roger Graef.

Just schools- A Whole approach to Restorative Justice by Belinda Hopkins.

Restorative Justice 4 Schools by Lynne Russell.