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:
What were you thinking when it happened?
What needs to happen to put things right?
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.
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.