A Restorative approach is characterised by being relationship lead and the adults and children working ‘with’ each other so the whole school community can succeed. 

Relationships – Strong relationships mean there is a culture of belonging that has had a significant impact on both the well-being of staff and pupils in our school. This is because everyone is valued and listened to. This is the platform staff and students need to challenge themselves in their learning and development. 

High Challenge and High Support  Our expectations of all staff and students is of the highest standard. We work with students so they make the right choices because it is the right thing to do, for them and the school community. We focus on challenging teaching and learning to improve performance and outcomes, alongside the appropriate level of support for students and staff depending on their needs. 

Communication – conversations based around building, maintaining and repairing relationships and excepting high challenge and high support, means everyone knows what is expected of them 

Consistent learning environment – expectations, routines and learning behaviours are consistent across classrooms. Highly skilled staff that know each child well, know how to use relationships to support students in meeting expectations.  

How does the restorative approach benefit our students? 

  • a feeling of belonging and acceptance

  • a sense of school community all moving in the same direction 

  • understand how their actions can affect others 

  • helps them to choose to and want to do the ‘right thing’ 

  • develops social and emotional literacy  

  • develops character and a sense of civic responsibility  

  • learn how to move through conflict constructively