Restorative Practice is a whole-school approach to creating a safe and effective learning environment.
As teachers, we aim to create a teaching and learning environment that is supportive and caring. This positive learning environment is dependent on many factors but a very important one is the quality of relationships that are developed and maintained throughout the school community.
In a single classroom, with students and a teacher, there are many different relationships, so it is no surprise that occasionally there is a need to deal with conflict; relationships break down and subsequently need to be ‘restored’.
At Clonard we embrace Restorative Practices, which allows staff and students to engage in dialogue that respectfully challenges students to reflect upon their behaviour and it’s effect on others. It offers a range of strategies that support students thinking as they work together to resolve conflict or address poor behaviour.
It’s appeal is that restorative practices encourages students involved in conflict to recount:
- What has happened
- Who has been affected
- How they have been affected
- What needed to happen to resolve the issue and move forward