Here at school we use a set of principles and practice that encourages children to take responsibility for their behaviour by thinking through the causes and consequences. This is called Restorative Justice.

In a rules-led system, the tendency is for the teacher to tell the child what they’ve done wrong, and how they’re going to pay for it. The problem with this system is that children don’t learn about the responsibility they had in that situation and how it affected other people, because an adult has intervened and told them what they’ve done wrong.’

Restorative Justice, on the other hand, gives the child a voice and allows them to think through their behaviour, its consequences and what they can do to make it better. It helps us to develop, maintain and repair relationships, building a community based around empathy and self-learning, where children take responsibility for their behaviour.

Respect, accountability, healing, empathy

Our staff are trained to ask the following questions when an incident occurs, and the children are encouraged to think carefully about each one:

Restoritive justice example