The Restorative Justice Approach

Work 4Good behaviour in school is crucial for top-quality learning.  For this reason, we have adopted the Restorative Justice approach to ensure children learn how to manage their own feelings.

The Restorative Justice approach involves adults working with children to explore the reasons why they behave in the way they do, the emotions behind the behaviour, the impact the behaviour has on others and alternative ways of behaving which can have a more positive result.

All members of staff use a common set of questions they explore with pupils each time an incident of unacceptable behaviour occurs via a ‘Restorative Justice Conference’.  This includes a discussion around how to ‘put things right’ for all people involved. Rather than base this around punishment, a productive, positive action is focused on.

“I would just like to say a very big thank you for all involved in Year 5 camp and the London trip. P thoroughly enjoyed herself and absolutely loved the experiences. She was thrilled about seeing Matilda with all her friends. I know it takes a lot of organising and teachers own time to arrange and accommodate.” Parent of two children at Shirehampton Primary School, April 2016

As the main details of any incident are recorded for these conferences, we are able to monitor the impact of this strategy. Alongside the ‘Thrive’ approach, evidence indicates that Restorative Justice is ensuring that our pupils are becoming increasingly skilled at managing their behaviour as they move through the school, preparing them for their future lives as productive citizens.