We are a Restorative Practice School
An Introduction to Restorative Practice
The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships. This is our priority as a restorative school, as we see ourselves at the heart of and serving our community.
For effective teaching and learning to take place, we believe that good relationships need to be at the heart of everything that happens at Willow Tree Academy.
A Restorative based school…
- Focuses on relationships
- Gives a voice to all pupils and staff
- Provides equal opportunities for engagement
- Separates the deed from the doer
- Empowers participants to learn from peers and from their own mistakes
- Gives individuals opportunities to take responsibility for their actions
Restorative Practice is a process that puts repairing harm done to relationships and people over and above blame and punishment. It shifts the emphasis from managing behaviour to focussing on building, nurturing and repairing relationships.
We know that a whole school restorative approach can contribute to:
- Happier and safer schools
- Mutually respectful relationships
- More effective 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