When expectations are not met, or conflict develops, we will endeavour to try and address this through a restorative approach, which aims to put right whatever harm has been caused, enabling relationships to be mended, and possibly improved, and all those involved to be able to move forward successfully. This is not a ‘soft’ option. It requires all those involved to be honest about what has taken place, and also to take responsibility for their actions and for the impact of their actions.
This approach may be used in conjunction with appropriate sanctions, in order to meet the school’s need to assure the safety of everyone within the school community, to ensure an effective learning environment, or to address on-going issues, in which a previous restorative approach has not been fully successful. Detentions, or out of circulation, may also be used, in addition to where identified elsewhere in this policy, either as a time out, prior to a restorative approach being used, or in order to create the opportunity for a restorative conversation to happen.