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Title: Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices
Restorative Practices (in parallel with
discipline system)
  • St Columbas High School
  • Pilot Phase April 06 December 06
  • Maintenance and Development 07 -09
  • Maureen McGlinchey Former Head Teacher

Restorative Practices Pilot
  • Relationship management strategy
  • Restorative Practice is an approach to offending
    and inappropriate behaviour which puts repairing
    harm done to relationships and people over and
    above the need for assigning blame and dispensing
    punishment .

The two main elements
  • Individual Conference offered where the school
    considers a significant amount of harm has been
    done .
  • Whole school staff offered in service training
    on restorative practices .
  • 5 staff have been trained as conference
    facilitators and 34 have had basic skills
    training (39/58)

Basic Skills Training
  • 3 twilight sessions
  • Background and philosophy
  • Restorative Conversations prompt card
  • Engage the person harmed
  • Encourage taking responsibility for actions
  • Restorative circles

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Mhairis circle
  • After 2 sessions
  • Impact on class behaviour

Origami Exercise
  • If youve been on the receiving end of harm ,
    what do you need to make things better ?
  • When you have done something which has caused
    harm or upset to someone , what do you need to
    make things better ?
  • When things go wrong in your school , how does
    your school deal with it ?

Retributive Justice
  • Rule breaking
  • Blame or guilt
  • Adversarial
  • Punish to deter
  • Impersonal
  • Victims ignored
  • Accountability being punished

Restorative Justice
  • Wrong doing or harm
  • Problem solving
  • Dialogue and negotiation
  • Restitution / Reparation
  • Interpersonal
  • Victim empowered
  • Accountability put things right

Bullying Incident Kathleen
  • Taking responsibility
  • Working within formal discipline system

Facilitators Training
  • 4 days followed by regular network meetings
  • Restorative Conversations
  • Victim Awareness
  • Support for persons harmed
  • Shuttle dialogue
  • Restorative meetings
  • Restorative Conferencing
  • Restorative Circles

Shuttle Dialogue
  • S1 pupil sprayed a pungent gas on a pupil from a
    nearby primary
  • Both agreed to take part in process
  • Consequences fear , missed medical appointments
    , loss of earnings
  • Letter of apology

Restorative Conference
  • Eileens Story
  • Face to face Conference
  • Preparatory meetings
  • Impact of Conference

Community Building Circles
  • To prevent conflict and resolve problems within
    the school community
  • To develop a commitment to community , mutual
    respect , a willingness to listen to each other ,
    to restore relationships etc..
  • To enable staff and students to work together to
    resolve conflicts in a win-win setting

Community building circle
  • Specific issue
  • Paul - Facilitator

Pupils Views What is good about circle time ?
  • Helps people feel better about themselves
  • Helps stop the behaviour and stops people
    disrupting the class
  • Lets people speak their mind
  • Get to say what you feel without being worried
    about getting bullied after school
  • Gives you a chance to think about all the wrong
    things you are doing in class and how you can

What difference does it make to your class ?
  • It helps people to understand what they have done
  • Should do more of it so people can realise their
    behaviour is wrong
  • We should do it in every class to help improve
    behaviour in all classes
  • It helped people to stop misbehaving

Evaluation Main Findings
  • Individuals harmed satisfied with process
    helped to repair harm caused
  • Persons responsible realised impact of their
    behaviour took responsibility agreed an
    action plan
  • Number of staff using restorative approach
  • Majority of staff considered restorative
    practices to be an effective and more helpful
    strategy for dealing with incidents where pupils
    had harmed another person

Main Findings
  • Pupils did not report a reduction in incidents
    involving harm although teachers reported fewer
    removals from class
  • Reduction in exclusions no of exclusions per
    1000 pupils down by 24 on the previous year

Recommendations and Action
  • Continue use of conferences and shuttle dialogues
  • Training opportunities for staff in basic skills
    and in the use of circles
  • PSHE Weekly - Circle time in every class to
    discuss issues
  • Set up EA facilitators network
  • Extend Restorative Practices to other schools in
  • Evaluate longer term impact
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