Restorative Practice

Restorative Approach

Restorative Approaches are inspired by the philosophy and practices of Restorative Justice which aims to repair harm caused to relationships and communities by conflict.

Crucially it is believed that is best achieved by focusing upon the harm caused,rather than assigning blame and dispensing punishment which often fails to address the needs of those most affected.

The 5 R’s

Restorative Approach is based on five key features –

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Respect

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Relationships

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Responsibility

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Repair

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Reintegration

Positive, respectful way of communicating

It encourages young people to take responsibility for their actions and resolve issues in a calm, safe environment.

Restorative Practice aims to improve and develop:

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Behaviour

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Emotional Literacy

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Accountability

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Learning

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Attendance

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Conflict Resolution

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Empathy

Checking in & out

Check in examples:

  • If I was the head of the school, what would I change?
  • What would be your favourite meal?
  • If you could be any celebrity/animal who/what would you be?
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • What super powers would you like to have?
  • What is your favourite….lesson (today/yesterday/tomorrow)
  • What country would you most like to visit and why?
  • Favourite….sport/TV programme/colour/book/song?
  • What makes a good friend?
  • What do you most like about your best friend?
  • What makes your classroom happy to be in?
  • What is your favourite subject and why?
  • What makes you feel good about yourself?
  • How will you affect others this week?
  • Think of someone who has done something nice for you?
  • Think of something nice you have done for someone else?

Check out examples:

  • Reflection
  • Have you achieved your targets – subjects/homework/behaviour?
  • Identify targets for next week?

Rules for circle time:

  • No-one to talk unless they have the object in their hand
  • Everyone to listen to others
  • Classroom voices to be used (calm)
  • Eye contact
  • Stay in your seat
  • No personal comments
  • What is said in the room stays in the room
  • Respect other people’s points of view
  • Honesty
  • Only one person speaking at a time

Everyday Behaviour – Building Skills

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Restorative rules

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Restorative language

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Check in and out

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Aims for the day

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Circle time

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Peer facilitators

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Restorative classrooms

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Restorative dining hall

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Informal – skill building - Taking turns, listening

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Learning is fun, practise social and com. skills

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Aspirations, choices, pride in success

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Ownership of good behaviour

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Positive learning skills, language processing, debating skills

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Understanding real consequences of harm, empathy

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Truth telling, taking responsibility

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Accountability, saying sorry, putting things right, empathy

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Emotional consequences of harm

Restorative Questions

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What happened?

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What were you thinking at the time?

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What do you think about it now?

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Who has been affected by what has happened?

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What has been the hardest thing for you?

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What needs to happen to make things right?

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What will you do differently next time?

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