The Restorative Approach to resolving conflicts and issues is one that has been successfully used for many years in the criminal justice system, as it is now being adopted by many schools who want to find solutions to children's conflicts.
All staff have been trained to ask the following questions when there is a falling out, a dispute or where one child has hurt or upset another one:
- What happened?
- What were your thoughts at the time?
- What have your thoughts been since?
- How do you feel about what has happened?
- Who has been affected and how?
- What needs to happen to put things right?
The approach does not replace any sanctions that are given for breaking the rules, but it does offer a way for children to understand how their actions affect others, how they can make amends for any wrong or hurt done, and how similar conflicts and issues can be avoided in future.
We have chosen a group of children who volunteered in years 4, 5 and 6, to be Peer Mentors. These children have been trained to support other children who have fallen out. Upset children can ask for the Peer mentors to help them. It is entirely voluntary and there may be times when staff feel they are better placed to deal with the situation.
Here are our two crews. Two members are on duty every lunchtime.