What is Restorative Practise?
At Yeadon Westfield Junior School when we try to deal with any problems or issues we have with other people, we use something called Restorative Practise. This helps us have a happier school where the focus is on learning. We hope that children will enjoy coming to school because they feel safe and respected and they know that when things go wrong, that the teachers and staff will do everything they can to help put it right. Restorative Practise encourages us to think about how our behavior has affected other pupils and staff. It helps us to develop respect, responsibility and truth telling. If a child has been upset, staff will try their very best to make sure we feel that it has been dealt with fairly, that things have been put right and that it will not happen again. All the children at our school are treated equally and fairly no matter what their race, religion or cultural background.
What do we think about it?
‘I love Restorative Practice. It makes everything fair because you know you are going to get your side listened to. Before I would end up getting in trouble but now I know that the circle will mean that I can give my side of the story and my view matters.’ (Year 5 Pupil)
In October pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 were encouraged to apply to participate in the role of a peer mediator. They were then given a full day of training to help them assist in what the role of a peer mediator is.
Peer mediators play a very important role during playtime and lunchtime in keeping pupils safe and happy. If a child is unhappy about any issue at these times they may approach a member of staff about it but they may also find it easier to talk to one of their peers. This is where peer mediators can help. They talk through these issues and try to find a solution to their problem. If necessary they will pass this information onto a member of staff.
We wish all our peer mediators luck this year.
'In peer mediation, students talk face to face in a safe and supportive discussion led by trained peer mediators.
The process is organized, structured, and systematic and aimed at producing positive actions and outcomes.
Peer Mediation does not take the place of normal consequences when inappropriate behavior has occurred '.