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Restorative Approaches at St Gerardine

What is a “Restorative Approach”?

A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed/hurt to convey the impact of the harm/hurt to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.

Why Use a Restorative Approach?

When there is conflict or there are problems in school between children or between children and adults, a restorative approach has been shown to be more effective than simply giving a punishment. Research shows that restorative approaches help schools create peaceful learning environments for children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Children who have shown inappropriate behaviour or who have fallen out with someone will be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to think how they can improve their behaviour in the future.


This allows the school to:

  • help children who have been upset by ensuring the wrongdoer has the opportunity to put right the upset they have caused
  • help children showing inappropriate behaviour to reflect, make amends and take responsibility for the way they have behaved

Often a restorative meeting will take place. At the meeting, the person leading the meeting will encourage a restorative conversation between those involved. Please click on the video link below to see an example of a restorative meeting.

File icon: mov Restorative Meeting Video [mov 276MB] Click to download