Restorative Practice is a positive approach that works with students, rather than doing things to them or for them. Conflict is an inevitable part of life. How we work to resolve conflict impacts on our school’s climate and culture and ultimately on students’ social and academic outcomes.
Schools need to be safe places where young people can learn and thrive in a supportive, enriching environment. A restorative approach focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships across the whole school community. It aims to create an ethos of respect, inclusion, cooperation, accountability and responsibility.
Restorative Practice is a teaching and learning approach that promotes self-regulation and encourages behaviour that is supportive and respectful. It puts the onus on individuals to be truly accountable for their behaviour and to repair any harm caused to others as a result of their actions.
Waverley Meadows Primary is a restorative school where we:
A restorative approach offers a continuum of strategies from informal conversations through to formal community conferencing and may include:
There are some key elements which underpin any restorative encounter:
Schools that work restoratively find that relationships are stronger and learning is more effective. Restorative dialogues can provide important ‘teachable moments’ and opportunities to understand the impact of behaviour of self and others.
Questions that promote discussion about consequences and encourage personal reflections have the potential to elicit empathy, remorse and learning. When working restoratively with young people or colleagues, it is important to:
Effective restorative questions we use at Waverley Meadows include:
At Waverley Meadows Primary School, Restorative Practice is more than a series of questions. It is a non-punitive approach which accepts that we all make mistakes and have the ability to ‘fix’ the problem together and learn from our experiences. Our Restorative Practice approach is inclusive and concerned with maintaining and building connectedness between students, parents, teachers and the community. It is an essential component of wellbeing here at Waverley Meadows