Positive relationships in education are key to effective learning, teaching and health and wellbeing (M. Thorsborne). Restorative approaches are fundamentally grounded in repairing and resorting relationships when they have been harmed. It moves away from the language and culture of restorative justice towards an ethos of relational problem solving for the repair of harm. It is a philosophy, not a model, and ought to guide the way we act in our dealings with others (B. Hopkins).
The following paper is also available to download – What impact has the Educational Psychology Service had on the implementation of restorative approaches activities within schools across a Scottish Local Authority? Taryn Moir and Sue MacLeod – Download this paper (pdf, 183Kb)