Restorative Practice in Schools is designed to build strong relationships and to teach students to resolve conflict.  RP is used world wide in Schools, Justice and  Community groups to build connectedness and respectful relationships and to resolve conflict.

The two workshops offered build skills and understandings to assist educators to create a safe and supportive classroom environment and to teach students to be accountable and responsible for their behaviour and relationships.

Fundamentals of Restorative Practice

This workshop is an introduction to the Principles and values that are part of a restorative approach to behaviour management.  In this workshop you will explore how beliefs about discipline influence the social and emotional climate of the school and classroom and learn dialogic skills to assist students to become relational problem solvers.

Overview

Fundamentals Restorative Principles and Values
Part 1.

Beliefs, Principles and Values

Restorative Principles and Values

  • Wrongdoing not only breaks rules, but affects relationships and people
  • How do we teach children to take responsibility for their behaviour and to put things right.
  • How do we teach children to become relational problem solvers.
Part 2.

Beliefs about Discipline

Beliefs about Discipline

  • Discover your own beliefs about discipline and consider how they impact on what students learn about responsibility and relationships.
  • Consider how your beliefs impact on the Social and Emotional climate in the classroom.  Are you addressing behaviour in a way that assists students to be accountable?
Part 3.

Restorative Dialogue

(Participants actively engage to become skilled in the dialogue.  A hands on experience with resources to take back to your school)

Restorative Dialogue –

Two short strategies to assist teachers/adults to manage low level behaviours.

  • Connecting before Correcting  - a school wide strategy designed to correct minor issues through a framework that focuses on keeping the relationship at the heart of the conversation.
  • Restorative Chat - a structured process of conflict resolution where the teacher and student are active agents in the repair of wrongdoing.   This strategy assists students to build an understanding about how their behaviour affects others and how to take responsibility for ‘fixing things up’.
  • Learn to use support strategies to ensure students understand the restorative process and can genuinely engage in the process.

Restorative Re-Entry

This workshop is designed to address student disengagement and to assist educators to build connections with students who are struggling at school.
When students return from a disciplinary absence of are persistently directed to leave the classroom it is vital to reconnect relationships and involve the student in meaningful problem solving.

Overview

Part 1.

Meaningful
Re-Entry

What is the purpose of Restorative Intervention

  • Why focus on restoring relationships
  • What do we mean by meaningful consequences and accountability?
Part 2.

Restorative Support Meetings

An Early Intervention Strategy

  • Restorative support meetings focus on building a community of care around the young person.
  • Learn to guide the process, prepare participants and use a range of supports to assist all stakeholders to engage.
  • Participants engage in a demonstration style of learning where they are able to reflect on how the process works and to explore roadblocks and support strategies.
  • Discussion and Planning – reflect on the process and apply it to plan for a meeting with a student you work with.
Part 3.

Restorative Re-Entry

 Re-Entry meeting after a disciplinary absence.

  • Reconnect relationships and address harm.
  • Consider timing and who will participate.
  • Learn to guide the process, prepare participants and use a range of supports to assist all stakeholders to engage.
  • Participants engage in a demonstration style of learning where they are able to reflect on how the process works and to explore roadblocks and support strategies.
  • Discussion and Planning – reflect on the process and apply it to plan for a meeting with a student you work with.