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Restorative Practices (RP)

 

At Streethouse School we use and believe in Restorative Practice.

 

What is it?

 

Fair Rules               Fair Play               Fair Outcomes

 

Restorative approaches puts relationships at the heart of all interactions, not just repairing relationships when things go wrong, but making and maintaining good relationships.  By giving everyone a voice, considering everyone's thoughts, feelings and needs and believing in people's ability to find solutions to their own problems by working together.

 

What are the key principles?

Respect - listening to others opinions and learning to value them

Responsibility - taking responsibility for your own action

Repair - discussing together how to repair harm

Re-integration - using the process to solve the problem and allows a young person to remain/re-integrate in mainstream education

 

What does it do?

Restorative practice gives each pupil a voice and the ability to find solutions to their own problems by working together.

 

  • Acknowledges the importance of circle time in building relationships.

 

  • Improves social skills.

 

  • Motivates pupils by developing a good relationship.

 

  • Teaches the skills to handle conflict and challenging situations.

 

  • Oral, gives each pupil a voice and the ability to find solutions to their own problems by working together.

 

  • Gives pupils individual responsibility for behaviour.

 

  • Examines core beliefs and thought processes.

 

  • Teaches everyone how to manage feelings and behaviour.

 

  • Allows teachers to reflect on their role.

 

  • Helps pupils to see situations from another person's perspective

 

  • Encourages pupils to develop, maintain and repair their relationships.

 

  • Allows teachers to reflect on the way they engage with their pupils.

 

  • Develops the skills to handle conflict and challenging situations.

 

What is it not?

Restorative Practice in schools is not about tackling challenging and disruptive behaviour but a tool to divert and address unacceptable behaviour to prevent escalation. Facing someone that has been harmed by your actions, or someone that has harmed you is not a soft option.

 

Why do It?

The use of restorative practice will create the optimum teaching and learning environment which in turn leads to an emotionally literate, mutually supportive school community. This practice has proved to reduce exclusions, resulted in much less staff absenteeism due to sickness and a raised attendance and achievement for pupils.

 

This practice will enable people to:-

 

  • Deal more effectively with relationships at home and at school.

 

  • Enhance self esteem and confidence.

 

  • Create assertiveness

 

  • Improve literacy and articulation.

 

  • Develop a set of tools for problem solving

 

  • Enhance listening skills

 

  • Take responsibility for the choices made.

 

  • Own behaviour

 

Use approaches involving adults in supporting, teaching and empowering children to take responsibility for their own behaviour.

 

What do we need to think about?

When you deal with misbehaviour of conflict is your response already informed by these five key themes?

 

  •  Do you invite pupils to give you their perspective?

 

  • Do you express sincere curiosity about their thoughts, feelings and needs during the incident and since?

 

  • Do you ask them to think who else may have been affected or involved?

 

  • Do you invite them to think about what their own needs are for closure or repair?

 

  • Do you encourage them to identify strategies for meeting their own needs and the needs of others affected in order to put things right and avoid similar situations happening again?

 

Do you listen actively, and demonstrate impartiality, by refraining from:

 

  • Using your body or tone to threaten or show disapproval?

 

  • Giving your own opinion about what has happened?

 

  • Taking side

 

  • Assuming you know what has happened

 

  • Telling people what to do?

 

  • Offering unasked for advice?

 

  • Insisting people apologise and make up?

 

Wakefield has an externally funded 3 year programme with a full time worker who’s job it is to train and support schools in the use of restorative approaches.

 

For more information please contact Wakefield Council, School Exclusions Team, Debbie Parr on 01924 307403 or 7795223575 alternatively email dparr@wakefield.gov.uk

 

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