Restorative Practice Behaviour Management

At Low Ash we have adopted the Restorative Practice approach to conflict resolution. This is a way of working with conflict that puts the focus on repairing the harm that has been done. It is an approach to conflict resolution that includes all of the parties involved. Following any incident involving another child or adult in school, a child will be given the opportunity to resolve the issue. This will be done with the support of an adult if necessary and will allow both parties to share their views and feelings. This is done in a structured manner, through the use of a symbols board, and this conversation only starts when both parties are calm and ready to do so. Part of this structured process is to discuss and agree on any necessary consequences and a plan to restore the relationship (e.g. apologising, having some space apart, doing a task to resolve the difficulty such as returning or sharing a piece of equipment). This open conversation allows both parties to be clear on how the other feels and what has been implemented as an appropriate consequence. We firmly believe that restorative practice encourages our children to become more self-aware, empathic and strengthens their understanding and trust in our behaviour support systems.

Below you will see the questions discussed in a Restorative Practice session.

The links below have further information which you may find useful.

What is restorative practice? (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)

What is Restorative Practice? | Schools & Social Work (highspeedtraining.co.uk)

Restorative practice in schools | Restorative Justice Council

Please also see our Behaviour Policy in the Policies section of the website.