Our restorative approach to behaviour for learning
Castle View is becoming a restorative school.
A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm.
Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.
Restorative approaches refer to a range of methods and strategies which can be used both to prevent relationship-damaging incidents from happening and to resolve them if they do happen.
Being a restorative school has many benefits, including:
- Making a happier and safer school
- Helping build mutually respectful relationships
- Allowing for more effective teaching and learning
- Reducing exclusions
- Raising attendance
- Helping develop emotional literacy
- Reducing bullying behaviours
- Promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging
- Developing lifelong skills in conflict resolution
It can also alleviate problems such as bullying, classroom disruption, truancy and poor attendance, antisocial behaviour, and disputes between pupils, their families, and members of staff.
Restorative approaches are in place across the school. This means all pupils, staff (including non-teaching staff), management and the wider school community understand what acting restoratively means and how they can do it. As a result, Castle View School adopts a whole-school approach to restorative methods.
This is a key feature of our behaviour for learning and ethos.
Formal repair will involve a meeting with all participants and those affected. During the meeting a resolution will be sought. The schools values will guide the restorative conversation in seeking to repair the damage caused and in seeking a solution that is in the best interests of all parties.
A restorative conference may take place in a situation where exclusion is a risk or that significant harm has been caused. This type of restorative practice will have a mediator assigned to offer balance as in all restorative methods.
Our school seeks to put things right above entering into punitive measures. This ensures that we develop skills for life and a reflective approach that allows for learning in even the most difficult of situations.