Restorative practice is a proven approach to discipline in schools that favours relationships over retribution, and has been shown to improve behaviour and enhance teaching and learning outcomes. However, in order for it to work, restorative practice needs a relational school culture.
Implementing Restorative Practice in Schools explains what has to happen in a school in order for it to become truly restorative. Section 1 explains the potential of restorative practice in schools, describing the positive outcomes for students and teachers. It also outlines the measures that need to be in place in order to embed restorative practice. Section 2 examines the process of understanding and managing change, providing realistic and pragmatic guidance on the practical and emotional barriers that may be encountered. Finally, Section 3 provides in eight practical steps, strategic guidance for achieving a restorative culture that sticks.
Featuring useful pro formas and templates, this book will be an indispensable guide for educators, administrators and school leaders in mainstream and specialist settings.
Margaret Thorsborne is the Managing Director of Transformative Justice Australia (Queensland) and Thorsborne and Associates in London, UK, a company committed to improving the way people relate to each other in the workplace, schools and other communities. She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Peta Blood is the Managing Director of Circle Speak, a company committed to making a difference in workplaces, communities and schools. She lives in Sydney Australia. Both authors have a long history in the implementation of restorative practice in schools, both as pioneers, trainers, practitioners and authors. Together they co-founded Restorative Practices International (RPI), the world's first international membership organization for restorative practitioners.
Foreword by Graham Robb. Introduction. Section 1. A Whole School Approach. 1. Restorative Practice Explained. 2. Restorative Practice in Schools. 3. The Restorative School - Begin with the End in Mind. Section 2. Managing the Change Process. 4. Understanding the Change Process. 5. Why Change Fails. 6. Change is an Emotional Process. 7. Elements of Effective Change Processes. 8. The Importance of Leadership. Section 3. Making it Happen: An Implementation Guide. 9. Overview. 10. Getting Ready for Change. 11. Getting the Ball Rolling: Overcoming Inertia. 12. Implementing and Embedding the Change. Conclusion. Appendices. References. Recommended Reading and Helpful Websites.