Wormit Primary School
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 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
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
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?
COMMENTS ABOUT RESTORATIVE APPROACHES
‘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
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.