Restorative Schools Toolkit

A Whole School Approach

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According to Belinda Hopkins, author of Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice, “A whole-school approach to using restorative practices contributes to

  • Happier and safer schools
  • Mutually respectful relationships
  • More effective teaching and learning
  • Reducing exclusion
  • Raising attendance

The restorative approach is based on the belief that the people best placed to resolve a conflict or a problem are the people directly involved, and that imposed solutions are less effective, less educative and possibly less likely to be honored. In order to engage in a restorative approach to conflict and challenging behavior people need certain attitudes and skills. Skills-based training can develop both restorative skills and attitudes.”

Why We Need Restorative Justice in Schools