Restorative Practice vs Justice

When we hear the term “Restorative Justice” we often think of a formal conference to address harm done that is serious enough to involve the justice system. Whilst this is where restorative justice originated and developed, educational institutions have been using it effectively for a number of years to resolve conflicts between both small andContinue reading “Restorative Practice vs Justice”

Information is power! Empower your pastoral team

How do you ensure that pastoral staff, at all levels, are able to be proactive when supporting children with their attendance, punctuality and behaviour? It is essential that existing systems are used to ensure that Form Tutors, Heads of Year and Senior Leaders have the relevant data for attendance, punctuality and behaviour so that theyContinue reading “Information is power! Empower your pastoral team”

Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainers

Last week I finally made the time to start reading a new book. The book in question was ‘Restorative Practice’ by Mark Finnis and I had really been looking forward to diving into my favourite subject… getting the best from pupils by building positive and respectful relationships. I am sure I have made it veryContinue reading “Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainers”

Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!

I am sure that through reading my previous posts, it is clear that I do not endorse simply punishing children. I have previously outlined that the best approaches all include listening, asking the right questions and then putting in place the support that the child needs. I believe that the most significant developments in behaviourContinue reading “Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!”

We are all pastoral leaders

When leading pastoral care in a school you need to allow all those working with children to explore and develop their own practice, much like you would do for teaching and learning. We are all professionals and responsible for the pastoral care for those we work with, and nobody likes being told they have toContinue reading “We are all pastoral leaders”

Don’t get bogged down by behaviour

This post is aimed at all working in education. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a teaching assistant or a Head of Year, as soon as you move your focus away from behaviour, and prioritise the progress and wellbeing of the children, you will find that all aspects of the learning will improve, including behaviour.Continue reading “Don’t get bogged down by behaviour”

Listen to what they have to say

Do you believe that every child is inherently good? I do and there are many reasons for a child to display negative behaviours, some of which are explored below. Firstly, behaviour is learnt. Whilst we as educators are teaching children and helping them to develop academically, we should also be helping them develop their ownContinue reading “Listen to what they have to say”