What is Restorative Approaches (RA)?
Restorative Approaches are value based and needs led. They can be seen as part of a broader ethos or culture that identifies strong, mutually respectful relationships and cohesive community as the foundations on which good teaching and learning can flourish. In such a community young people are given a lot of responsibility for decision making on issues that affect their lives, their learning and their experience of school.
Restorative Approaches are built upon the basic principles of:-
- Genuineness - honesty, openness, sincerity
- Positive regard for all individuals - valuing the person for who they are
- Empathic understanding - being able to understand another's experience and feelings
- Individual responsibility and shared accountability
- Self actualisation - the human capacity for positive growth
- Optimistic perspectives on personal development - that people can learn and can change for the better
At Meadowbank we aim to promote the personal development of all our pupils and encourage active citizenship and the involvement of children in their communities. Central to this is developing our children's ability to form positive relationships. Enabling our older pupils to become a Buddy is one of the ways we encourage our children to be involved in the life of the school. Friendship Buddies (peer Mediators) are children in Year 5 & 6 who undertake training, following a nationally recognised scheme. This enables them to learn about peaceful conflict resolution. One of the ways they do this is to use L.E.A.F
At Meadowbank we use the LEAF to underpin the more formal Restorative Approaches described above. When something goes wrong we encourage our children to ....
Turn over a new LEAF
L - Listen:
(Ask in turn) What's happened to you?
E - Effects
How has everyone been affected?
A - Amends
What do we need to do and say to make things better?
F - Follow up
Are things better?
PHSE & Citizenship
At Meadowbank we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. PHSE gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It underpins our teaching and learning and aims to help children understand how they are developing personally and socially and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We like our children to be confident individuals and responsible citizens who recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning and own behaviours both inside and outside school.