Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded on beliefs of fairness, dignity, mana, and the potential in all people.
PB4L Restorative Practice focuses on building and maintaining positive relationships across the school community and offers our staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. Restorative Practice focuses on accountability, repairing and healing the needs of all parties involved.
Four underlying principles:
The PB4L Restorative Practice model is underpinned by four key principles:
- Positive interpersonal relationships are a major influence in behaviour.
- A culture of care supports the mana of all individuals in the school community.
- Cultural responsiveness is key to creating learning communities of mutual respect and inclusion.
- A restorative approach leads to individuals taking responsibility for their behaviour.
POSITIVE INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON BEHAVIOUR
Fostering positive, respectful relationships with young people can have a profound impact on their overall behaviour, learning, and achievement outcomes. By viewing “problems as problems” rather than “people as problems”, people can talk with each other in a respectful manner, and talk with themselves in ways that support their responsibility and their accountability.
A CULTURE OF CARE SUPPORTS THE MANA OF ALL INDIVIDUALS IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Schools that create a culture of care recognise the importance of preserving the mana and integrity of all members of the school community. Developing a culture of care creates a sense of unity and inclusiveness characterised by mutual trust and respect. A school that fosters a culture of care celebrates diversity.
The PB4L Restorative Practice model seeks to provide best-practice strategies for schools to build inclusive and respectful communities that give learners the best opportunity to get the education they need and deserve. When learners and whanau feel that they belong and contribute to the life and culture of their school environment, learners are more likely to enjoy their experience of school as a whole.
Manaakitia te tangata, ahakoa ko wai, ahakoa no hea.
Treat people respectfully, irrespective of who they are and where they come from.