At St Jude's we adopt Restorative Approaches to manage behaviour, promote positive relationships and build a caring community.
How will restorative approaches benefit my child and school?
•Restorative approaches help develop a happier school where the focus is on learning not conflict.
•We hope that your child will enjoy coming to school because they feel safe and respected and they know that when things go wrong we will do everything we can to help put it right.
•Restorative approaches encourage pupils to think about how their behaviour has affected others, both pupils and staff. •It helps children to develop respect, responsibility and transparency.
•If your child has been upset we try our very best to make sure they feel the situation has been put right for them. If a child has done something wrong they will be questioned about what happened, using a restorative approach and restorative language.
So what are Restorative Approaches and Language?
Restorative language is a fair, respectful way of speaking to each other and we expect everyone within the St Jude's Community to use it – this includes pupils, staff and parents/carers.
When our pupils find themselves in conflict or upset, we will ask them;
•What were you thinking at the time?
•What do you think/feel about it now?
•Who has been affected or upset by this and how?
•What needs to happen to put things right?
We may also ask our pupils;
•How would you feel if this happened to you?
•Together, how can we put things right?
•What could you do differently next time?
•What other choice could you have made?
•How can you make sure this doesn’t happen again?
Restorative approaches help to develop a happier school where the focus is on learning and not conflict
Restorative Justice Conference
Conferencing is not a new concept, many schools have been using it for over 20 years and it has proven to help improve behaviour, develop respect, responsibility for own actions and truth telling.
A pupil may be asked to attend a RJ conference if they are having a conflict at school.
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 - In a way that is fair to everyone –
•During a conference a contract is made, listing actions, that all involved have agreed to.
An agreed date will be made to follow up and ensure that everyone is keeping to the contract.
Parents/Carers may also be invited to attend a conference, if it is felt that it would be helpful for your child if you were there.