Restorative Justice

“In broad terms, Restorative Approaches constitute an approach to challenging behaviour, which puts repairing harm done to relationships and people, over and above the need for assigning blame and dispensing punishment”
Wright, 1999

St. Michael’s is committed to Restorative Approaches in the way we rebuild relationships once harm has been done. We do this through planned conversations and scripts that all members of staff use after extensive training throughout the school. We also use circles and circle time to sort out problems so we can quickly get back to the important task of learning.

We use circles briefly at the start and end of the week to ‘check in/check out’ with any issues that the children may be thinking about, both positive and negative, so a solution can be found.

In our everyday lives there will always be elements of conflict – some conflict is good and helps us to grow. At times we need to resolve conflict so that we can enable growth to occur. We enable our children and adults to do this through our language and our actions.

We are also pleased that we can support our families with Restorative Approaches to parenting. Our courses run over the year and are very popular.