Welcome to the Restorative Practice Reps Page
The fundamental belief of Restorative Practice is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.
With this premise in mind, at our school we have a group of trained specialists (RP Reps), who work both proactively and reactively to support other children.
The proactive work that the RP Reps do is around friendships, play and community building. We believe that the tighter communities are, the less likely children are to harm or hurt one another. The RP Reps work proactively at playtimes and lunchtimes to encourage children to play nicely with one another and they ensure that everyone has a friend and is welcome to play. The RP reps are a very active group, and they work brillaintly alongside the adults who are outside.
When something has gone wrong, or is going wrong, the RP Reps work reactively to support children to repair relationships as quickly as possible. The Reps do this by leading a Restorative Circle in their RP Cooler (a calming and private space where they can have quality conversations). This year, we have a Cooler on the KS1 playground, in addition to the KS2 Cooler, so that children of all ages have access to a calm, quiet area where they can seek the support of a Rep. The Reps use the 5 key Restorative Questions (see below) to guide the circle, and they do so with pleasing success.
We are incredibly proud of the role that RP Reps play in our school, and Pupil Voice interviews have shown that our children respect and value them highly. As a result of the work that the RP Reps do, our children say that playtimes are happy and safe and much of the work that the Reps do outside is now preventative and proactive, which means that children come back into class content and ready to learn. We are really proud of this.
Our RP Rep team is ever increasing. Each half term the Reps select children from their class to come and join the team, based on criteria that they have created themselves. Our long term goal is that all children in our school will be trained to become a RP Rep, and we hope to achieve this within the next 4 years.
The remainder of this page is designed and updated weekly by a team of the RP Reps. Check regularly to see their updates.
Should you require any further RP information, in addition to the detail that is on this page, please pop into school and ask for Miss Lamb.