“The most profound learning occurs when there is a healthy relationship between teacher and student. Restorative Practices assists teachers, students and parents to build, maintain and restore relationships. Restorative Practices will help build capacity to enable students to self-regulate behaviour and contributes to the improvement of learning outcomes.” (Restorative Practices Australia)
At Ballam Park Primary School we implement Restorative Practices to assist children to manage any issues they may be having. This teaches the child who has been wrongly targeted to be able to articulate the details of the problem and how it felt, and it teaches the child who has not managed their behaviour in a favourable manner how to empathise with those that are hurt.
Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim.
All Ballam Park Primary School staff are trained and well-practised in the use of Restorative Practices. We see Restorative Practices as an extremely important part of the development of the whole child.