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Restorative Practice

Our aim is to enhance and continually build a culture of mutual respect and understanding at Oakfield Primary by developing our use of Restorative Practices to develop community, to manage conflict and tension by repairing any harm as well as to help in building relationships.

Restorative Practices are a philosophy and ought to guide the way we act in all our dealings. It is about a fair process, allowing everyone the opportunity to freely express their emotions. It encourages wrongdoers to take responsibility for harming others.  Restorative approaches encourage children to think about how their behaviour has affected others – both children and staff.

At Oakfield Primary, Restorative Practice is part of everything we do. It is a whole school approach and all of the staff have wholeheartedly made it part of their everyday practice.  We do many things each day that are restorative and they have become a part of school life. One of the most important aspects of Restorative Practice is the language we use that positively affects everyone around us. Restorative language is a fair, respectful way of speaking to each other and we expect everyone within school to use it.  The way that we speak to each other and manage conflict is vital to how we feel and this is why Restorative Practice is so important at Oakfield Primary.

If a child has been involved in conflict they will be asked to attend a restorative conference.  All staff at Oakfield are able to conduct pupil conferences.  This is a meeting with everyone involved to:

  • Discuss what is happening;
  • Look at who has been affected or upset;
  • Decide how it can be put right;
  • Find a way forward.

During the conference restorative questions will be used.  Using restorative questions can resolve conflicts and encourage everyone to think about their feelings and those of others.  They also encourage everyone to discuss what should happen next.  The questions are asked in a calm and neutral voice, without directing blame at one person.  The questions and discussion will prompt children to resolve the issue.  It is an important process for both the wrongdoer and the victim, and it enables both children to have their voices heard.  The questions are:

Responding to Challenging Behaviour Responding to those harmed
What happened?

What were you thinking about at the time?

What have your thoughts been since?

Who has been affected by what you did?

In what ways have they been affected?

What do you think needs to happen next?
What happened?

What were your thoughts at the time?

What have your thoughts been since?

How has this affected you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you?

What do you think needs to happen next?
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