Restorative Approaches in Schools
Many schools and education providers throughout the country are using restorative approaches and we are pleased to say this is includes Suffolk.
Within schools and other educational settings in Suffolk there are excellent examples of restorative practices which have been used effectively to contribute to school communities, changing behaviour and relationships between students and staff for the better.
Suffolk is in the process of developing case studies of the 2014 trial and rolling this out to other schools in the county. Suffolk are also working closely with Norfolk and Oxfordshire councils to develop the Suffolk Learning and Development Plan for 2015-16.
My teacher asked me to take part in a meeting with the boy that bullied me to talk about how I felt. After the meeting we became friends and play football at break. More people should go to these meetings (Restorative Approaches).Victim
Within schools and other educational settings in Suffolk there are excellent examples of restorative practices which have been used effectively to contribute to inclusive school communities.
It’s important to build on this practice and evaluate the trails we’ve done in Suffolk Schools over 2013. School staff will participate in training in restorative approaches and Suffolk County Council will work with them to monitor and evaluate the impact. Schools are embedded in the wider community and so we’re looking to work closely with colleagues involved in community resolution as part of this.
In addition to this work we will be collating data across the county to develop a comprehensive picture of how restorative practices are used when working with children and young people in education. Our aim is to ensure that the good practice we identify can be celebrated and shared to ensure a consistent county-wide approach.