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“Beyond All Belief” — Restorative Practices at St Edmund’s Primary School, Norfolk, UK

Sep 07, 2010

from the article by Lisa Cook posted on

This is what restorative practices looks like at St Edmund’s [for children 3 to 11 years old]:

When the children come in each morning they are quick to sort themselves into a circle. They are keen to get started. The class teacher starts off with a greeting. This is passed around the circle and varies depending on the age of the children.

The greeting is followed by a “feeling circle,” when the teacher refers to the feeling chart. (As the children come into class they put their name next to the emotion that they are feeling: happy, sad, worried, tired, hungry, angry, OK.) The children have the chance to tell the circle about their feeling if they want. They also have a chance to speak to an adult later if they would prefer. Other children volunteer to become “support partners” for children who are sad or worried. Children like this responsibility and are keen to support one another.

This is then followed by another circle, which can be fun or work-related, depending on the needs of the class.

Circles then take place throughout the day as appropriate, to sort out problems in the class, address attitude and learning issues and as teaching aids. The children greatly enjoy this approach and are very well practiced at sending around their talking piece.

There is also a close-of-day circle, which is used to review and reflect upon the day and to say goodbye to everyone.
Circles also take place at lunch and break times to address issues that the children may have. Children are independently “circling up” to resolve their own problems. They sometimes ask an adult to support them, but they are also becoming more confident and competent at doing the circle themselves.

Read the whole article.

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Cecile Cooper
Cecile Cooper says:
Sep 07, 2010 01:45 PM

We are possibly looking at the model at the high school level. I am just beginning to research. I am needing a Training Video on its implementation.

Lynette says:
Sep 07, 2010 02:19 PM

Hi, Cecile, <br /> <br />RJ Online doesn't have videos etc like you need. Check out the resources available from the International Institute for Restorative Practices <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> <br /> <br />Regards, <br />Lynette

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