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.
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:-
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 listen actively, and demonstrate impartiality, by refraining from:
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 email@example.com