Patcham High – A Restorative School
In September 2010, all teaching and support staff at Patcham High received training in Restorative Justice [RJ]. This was part of an ongoing process which aims to make Patcham High a restorative school.
Most of the time, the students and staff at Patcham High get on well with each other. However, as in any school, some times fall-outs and disagreements occur. RJ resolves such conflict within the school community by bringing people together to discuss their differences in a respectful and calm way. Participants in RJ interventions are encouraged to take responsibility for resolving their conflict by talking about; what happened, their thoughts and feelings, who has been affected and what needs to be done to put things right.
There has been much research carried out on RJ in schools and this has shown the benefits in following such an approach. These include:
- Improved behaviour
- Students and staff feeling more valued
- Improved attendance
- Improved problem solving skills
- A nicer environment in which to study and work.
We are very pleased with the progress of RJ here at Patcham High, which has seen numerous members of the school community benefit from this approach. Our aim is to further develop this work and to make Patcham High even more restorative.