Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice by Belinda Hopkins

By Belinda Hopkins

Restorative justice is a dynamic and cutting edge approach of facing clash in colleges, selling knowing and therapeutic over assigning blame or dishing out punishment. it might probably create an ethic of care and justice that makes faculties more secure and happier, not just via lowering clash, but additionally by way of constructing energetic citizenship talents, strong vanity, open verbal exchange and workforce paintings in scholars. From a instructing history herself, Belinda Hopkins is on the vanguard of the advance of restorative justice within the united kingdom, and during this functional instruction manual she offers an entire college method of repairing damage utilizing quite a few capability together with peer mediation, therapeutic circles and convention circles. She offers transparent, sensible suggestions for workforce classes and examines matters and concepts in relation to useful ability improvement for facilitators. essentially dependent and with photocopiable sheets, this booklet is a wonderful source for academics, college counsellors and early life employees looking a extra optimistic and potent technique to take care of clash in academic settings.

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1 in Chapter 1), helps to set the scene for exploring what is at the base of the pyramid – the ethos and value base. This is the focus of what is to follow. Establishing an effective working environment The members of a school community have strong ideas about what they need from each other to work at their best, and whether or not they are getting these needs met. The question What do you need from others to work at your best? can be an important starting point at the outset of any restorative project.

This mainstream endorsement of ideas that in the seventies were slightly marginal, and possibly even somewhat ‘alternative’, highlights the point that restorative justice, as a philosophy, a set of skills 40 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN A SCHOOL CONTEXT and a toolbox of applications, is ‘an idea whose time has come’, as Keith Bradley from the Home Office phrased it in the autumn of 2001. Summary In setting the scene for the whole book, Chapter 1 briefly described the definition of restorative justice to be used.

On the other hand they are acknowledging and perhaps articulating the thoughts and feelings of the other person, which may be coming across in a garbled and accusatory fashion. This takes a great deal of restraint and skill.

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