RJC Schools Briefing December 2011

The use of restorative justice in schools has shown that when used as part of a school’s discipline system, it enables pupils to be accountable and promotes responsible citizenship.

The Government’s introduction of the Big Society Agenda has made clear its commitment to empowering communities. The Coalition has already expanded the use of restorative justice in the criminal justice system. Restorative justice is being used at a grassroots level in many schools, academies and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs).  The Department for Education (DfE) could take the opportunity to promote restorative justice to support discipline in schools across the country.The use of restorative justice in schools has shown that when used as part of a school’s discipline system, it enables pupils to be accountable and promotes responsible citizenship.

This is a briefing produced by the RJC that outlines the positive impact restorative justice is having in schools across the country. It also provides recommendations for the next steps Government could take to further enhance and establish the influence of restorative justice in schools.

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