At St Thomas More we support our children in being able to understand and respond to their own behaviour.
Restorative justice is a set of principles and practice that encourages children to take responsibility for their behaviour by thinking through the causes and consequences, it involves helping the child think through their behaviour, its consequences and what they can do to make it better.
It supports the development, maintenance and repair of relationships, it helps build a community that is based around empathy and self-learning where children take responsibility for their behaviour.
Restorative practices centre around a set of key questions that help children think about their behaviour and understand how they can correct it:
- What happened?
- What were you thinking and feeling at the time?
- What have you thought about it since?
- Who has been affected and in what way?
- How could things have been done differently?
- What do you think needs to happen to make things right?
This supports children in developing the skills to manage conflicts, strengthen relationships, and take responsibility for their actions by developing empathy and emotional literacy. Restorative practice has been shown to have a number of proven benefits in school, such as:
- Improved positivity, resilienceand responsibility-taking
- Better behaviour management
- Greater respect and courtesy towards teachers and each other
- Increased empathy
- An understanding of how to make wrongs right.
These skills that children learn at St Thomas More are transferable to their lives outside school, within their families, in their lives at secondary school and beyond.