Restorative Practice in Education
Connecting members interested in restorative practice within the education sector
A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Schools who work restoratively find that relationships are stronger and learning is more effective, thus reducing the need to resort to sanctions and punishments to 'manage behaviour'.
Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right. It refers to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen.
Restorative approaches are value-based and needs-led and can be seen as part of a broader ethos or culture that identifies strong, mutually respectful relationships and a cohesive community. This forms the foundations on which good teaching and learning can flourish.
Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement. It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff.
This network will connect like minded individuals to develop and grow this area of practice.
Network Aims for 2020
- To provide a space for practitioners to connect, share and develop practice
- To raise awareness of the benefits for embedding restorative approaches within educational settings
- To develop an implementation guide which interprets how to use the RJC's Practice Guidance within educational settings
- Opportunities to connect with like minded individuals
- Quarterly online network meetings
- Opportunities to participate in working groups to develop sector specific guidance and resources
- Invitations to sector specific events, seminars, webinars and CPD opportunities
- Opportunities to participate in national and international learning events
- Regular network specific newsletters
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