Restorative Practice

Restorative Practice enables the building, maintaining and repairing of relationships. The philosophy embodies a set of values and principles and a way of working with people that provides a common language and approach and enables the practice to be taught.

What are the key principles

Restorative Practice is underpinned by values of empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and mutual accountability.
Restorative Practice has 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 well being 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. This will increase the pro-social skills of those who have harmed others, address underlying causes and enable people to build on strengths. The outcome and decision in response to behaviour that has affected others may involve an appropriate sanction. This is discussed with all parties to ensure that the process is fair, mutually agreed and relevant to the nature of the behaviour.

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 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.

Pupils in key stage 2 talk confidently about a wide range of authors and texts they have read.

Ofsted comments

The staff are really encouraging. They always help us to be the best we can be

Children's comments

Pupils are proud to be part of the Wheeler family.

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Everyone cares for each other and that every teacher adds a little bit of fun into every lesson

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They want pupils to ‘Be Respectful, Responsible and Resilient in Learning and Life’

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Classrooms are calm and purposeful places for pupils to learn.

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It is a safe and happy place to learn.

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The teachers are so supportive they help and guide you all the way through the year

Children's comments

Leaders have designed and implemented an ambitious and well-planned curriculum.

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Leaders and teachers have high expectations for every child.

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Pupils enjoy coming to Wheeler Primary School every day.

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Parents say that the school is ‘fantastic’ and that staff ‘greet the children come hail, rain or shine’ every morning as they arrive.

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Leaders are passionate about preparing pupils to be good citizens for the world beyond Wheeler Primary School

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Pupils are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards themselves and others.

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Pupils are excited about adding experiences to their ‘Bag for Life’.

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The leader’s vision for the school is demonstrated in the way pupils behave

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Pupils report that bullying is rare, but if it happens, staff will sort it out quickly and fairly.

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There are
opportunities for pupils to attend different clubs and raise funds for charities

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The pastoral team works well together to ensure that pupils are safe.

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Being at Wheeler is like being part of a family and that makes learning fun

Children's comments

Throughout my time at Wheeler, I have been given so many opportunities to experience and learn new things

Children's comments

I think the best thing about being a Wheeler pupil is that all of the staff listen and care about you

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The best thing is having someone to go to when you’re upset

Children's comments

The school has made recent changes to the teaching
of phonics to help pupils get off to the best start with their reading.

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Leaders give pupils the opportunity to complete well-planned and exciting
activities, such as performing in front of an audience, in order to create a ‘bag’ full of life experiences as they progress through the school. .

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Pupils take books home which contain the sounds that they are learning in class. This gives them plenty of practice.

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The support that leaders provide for families is a strength of the school.

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