Our Restorative Approach
At Eastfield Primary School we believe that every member of our school community should have an equal opportunity to achieve his or her full potential regardless of race, colour, gender, sexuality, disability, special educational needs or socio-economic background.
What is Restorative Practice?
- The philosophy embodies a set of values and principles and a way of working with people to provide a common language and approach.
- It enables the building, maintaining and repairing of relationships.
- It separates the deed from the doer.
What are the key principles of Restorative Practice?
Restorative Practice is underpinned by values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and mutual accountability.
Restorative Practices main goals are:
- Building and repairing relationships to work in ways that are respectful and engaging, enabling participants to develop understanding and empathy and the impact of their behaviour, both positive and negative. Additionally to work in ways that enable participants to put right relationships when harm has been caused.
- Empowerment of individuals, groups and communities. Restorative Practices aims to support these groups to build confidence and control over their own lives. RP tries to meet the needs of community through strategies that build relationships and empower families, schools and communities to take responsibility for the wellbeing of its members.
- Mutual Accountability – Restorative Practice provides opportunities for wrongdoers to be accountable to those they have harmed, and enable them to repair the harm they caused to the extent possible.
- Cultural Sensitivity – Restorative Practices is culturally sensitive enabling participants to conduct processes and meeting in line with their own traditions and culture.
- Shared responsibility – the approach builds on the knowledge, skills and resources in both formal helping agencies and services and informal family and community network to work together; sharing responsibility knowledge, skills and resources for the well-being and of children and young people.
- Outcome and Solution Focused – Restorative Practice aims to focus on outcomes and solutions using the results for children as the basis for all action. The work is solution focused, concerned primarily with using the knowledge and strengths of participants to find solutions and get good outcomes for children. This will increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying causes and enable people to build on strengths.
Why does Eastfield work restoratively?
It has been proven that a whole school restorative approach can contribute to:
- A happier and safer school
- Mutually respectful relationships
- More effecting teaching and learning
- Reduced exclusions
- Raised attendance
- Addresses bullying behaviour
- Raises morale and self-esteem
- Helps promote a culture of inclusion and belonging
- Increases emotional literacy
Our restorative community equips our pupils with the skills to recognise and manage their own feelings and nurture their relationships within the school. Daily community circles along with lesson structures ensure ALL pupils have a voice and thrive in an environment that promotes respect and appreciation of differences, therefore the school is a safe and happy place to be where pupils learn to resolve their problems in an effective and mature way.
Restorative questions scaffold our conflict resolution. Some of these are;
- What happened?
- What were you thinking about at the time?
- What have your thoughts been since?
- Who has been affected by what happened?
- In what way have they been affected?
- What do you think needs to happen next?
Working restoratively creates a safer, more productive and a more caring environment for all.
Restorative principles are at the heart of everything we do. We firmly believe that it is the relationships we form that enable our children to flourish.
‘Eastfield Primary School is a safe environment for my child to learn and grow.’
‘The school ethos is fantastic – my daughter comes home with a happy story every day.’
‘It’s good to see the kids smile on their faces before school and after school.’
‘My child thoroughly enjoys coming to school and is making good progress.’
‘Having opportunities for the children to take part in activities outside the classroom is a real positive.’
‘My child has progressed in lots of different ways whilst being at Eastfield primary school.’
‘I have seen my child develop socially and academically during her time there.’
‘Brilliant school. My daughter has absolutely thrived since being here.’
‘Excellent and varied extra curricular activities.’
‘Good updates on current activities and curriculum. Supportive staff.’
‘The curriculum is delivered in a way that makes his education fun & exciting.’
‘I’m very happy with my child’s progress, and can see how happy he enjoys his time learning.’
‘An outstanding school both academically and in sporting achievements with friendly staff.’
‘Eastfield has given my children the best start in their educational journey.’
‘Excellent school that manages to involve all pupils.’
‘Members of our family have been pupils at Eastfield since 1975 – highly recommended.’