MANOR WOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL
An introduction to Restorative Practice for parents/carers
The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships. This is our priority as a restorative school, as we see ourselves at the heart of and serving our community.
For effective teaching and learning to take place, we believe that good relationships need to be at the heart of everything that happens at Manor Wood Primary School.
It is a process that puts repairing harm done to relationships and people over and above assigning blame and dispensing punishment. It shifts the emphasis from managing behaviour to focussing on building, nurturing and repairing relationships.
We know that a whole school restorative approach can contribute to:
As part of the RP process, child and staff could be involved in meetings, circles and conferences etc that include:
The Five RP questions
If your child has been harmed by the actions of others, which could include both staff and students, questions could include:
At Manor Primary School we have written our own versions of the above questions to make them appropriate for our three phases; Foundation Unit, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Whilst the questions have been edited to be language appropriate for the children at different ages, the thought processes and general structure of the Restorative discussion remains the same.
Restorative Practice is NOT just about the questions. It is about a process that is seen as fair: allows free expression of emotions and significantly is about offering high levels of support, whilst challenging inappropriate behaviour through high levels of control, encouraging acceptance of responsibility and the setting of clear boundaries.
Please note that all school staff, teaching and non-teaching have had (as a minimum) basic training about Restorative Practices whilst many have also attended enhanced training to try and ensure that our intentions translate into actions.
All our children understand and use circles in their everyday school life. As part of our commitment to RP, you as parents/carers may also on occasion be asked to contribute to a restorative meeting if this is felt to be the right course of action.
It is important that staff deal with situations to establish and develop their own relationships. Aim to separate the deed from the doer and the act from the actor as integral to Restorative Practice philosophy.
Listed below are some examples of affective statements and questions which all staff can use with pupils:
I am sorry that I misunderstood the situation …………
I feel really proud of you when I heard …………
I feel really pleased and encouraged that you made the right choice.
I respected your honesty and thank you.
I was very disappointed when you did that to…..
I am upset and angry by what has just happened.
I feel that (describe action) was very disrespectful.
What happened? – followed by:
What were you thinking about when you did that?
How did you actions affect …………………?
How do you think ……………………… felt about what you did?
How do you feel about what you did?
How do you feel about what you did and the affect it had on me?