A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to
resolving conflict and preventing harm. 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.
Restorative approaches refer 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. 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. To be effective,
restorative approaches must be in place across the school. This means all
pupils, staff (including non-teaching staff), management and the wider school
community must understand what acting restoratively means and how they can do
it. As a result, restorative schools adopt a whole-school approach to
Barbara Tudor and Clifford Grimason will be delivering this session on Restorotive Justice.