Restorative Approaches


Wormit Primary School

Our Vision:

We see our school as being a safe, supportive and exciting environment where everyone feels motivated to do their best and where people are not afraid to take risks.

Success is celebrated regularly, everyone has high expectations of themselves and is given the opportunity to achieve excellence. 

We encourage a participative culture where all children and staff have clear voices and are encouraged to be responsible  citizens, showing respect for themselves and others.

Our vision is shared with all and enables us to feel valued, to have a goal to aspire to and to measure success by.


Restorative Approaches

Restorative approaches in Wormit is a way of working which is embedded in our daily practice.  It is a way of talking to one another, an underlying way of ‘being’.

A school should develop:

A positive, supportive ethos

Problem solving techniques/approaches

Win-win strategies

Negotiation and mediation strategies

Effective co-operation and communication

To ensure that people:

Respond to fear and hurt

Treat everyone with dignity and  respect

Develop their understanding of others and reflect upon themselves

Are involved in resolving problems


Listen with empathy and without judgement

Deal with challenging situations one to one

Mediate others’ conflicts

Facilitate restorative conversations and problem solving discussions




What happened?

Who has been affected by what you did? 

In what way?

What do you need to do to put things right?

How can we move forward?

How can we do things differently in the


What did you think when it happened?

What have you thought about since?

How has it affected you?

What’s been the worst part?

What’s needed to put things right?





‘To assist in dealing with conflicts Restorative Approaches provides a useful and effective short to medium term way of responding to incidents in school and if used consistently Restorative Approaches promotes pupils’ understanding of the consequences of negative behaviour and reduces its frequency and severity.’

‘Restorative Approaches supplies a script which supplements some of what I do already but in a more coherent way.  It also helps me be less judgemental, listen, hear how a child is feeling and breaks the ice during what could be a difficult conversation.’


What do you need when you’ve been harmed?

An apology and amends made

An empathetic listener

A chance to talk

Have my voice heard

The other person to understand

To be respected

To be allowed to have emotion

Support and positive reinforcement

To be able to problem solve

To draw a line underneath it


What do I need when I’ve harmed someone else?

A chance to explain and apologise

Time to put things right

To feel better about it

To be forgiven

To get back on friendly terms

To reassure them/myself it won’t happen again

To make it up to them


From Peta Blood, Circle Works, Australia


  All staff are using Restorative Approaches within school. This approach is embedded across the school with the focus being on children taking responsibility for their actions, considering their part in a situation, considering how they could have done things differently and how they will move the situation on. As children get older they are encouraged to sort out situations, where they can, for themselves. Our older children show increasing skills in helping others to sort out their differences. Time is given with an adult, where needed, to guide children through the process. This approach has greatly reduced the number of small annoyances and disagreements coming back into the classroom after breaks. Across the school the children are showing that they are Responsible Citizens who do take on board what other people are feeling, for the most part. When there are issues it has proved to be much better to have them out in the open with each person involved having the opportunity to have their say and identify how the situation can be moved forward and to draw a line under any incident when it is over.


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