Restorative Practice - Update

Dear Parents

I am very pleased to report that it has now been three months since we launched our Restorative Practice approach to ensuring that positive behaviours are focussed upon and rewarded, in an environment where behaviours that impact on the learning of others are challenged and addressed. We continue to work with all students, staff and parents and carers to establish and embed this system, using our on line reporting system – Class Charts – which we hope has benefited you from being able to view data regarding your children.

 At the centre of this project, running alongside our co-operative values, are the four pillars of Restorative Practice. These are:

  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Relationships
  • Resilience

As part of the development phase of Restorative Practice, we plan to focus on one of these values each term, adding other ‘R’s’ termly and the first area of focus is Responsibility and we will launch this focus during the period before Christmas, ready for next term. During this period, we will focus on students taking responsibility for their own learning and progress. What will this look like?

Firstly, in every lesson, all students are responsible for “the three P’s”:

  • Punctuality – arrive to the academy and every lesson on time
  • Phones – mobile phones are turned off and put away during lesson times as per policy
  • Prepared to learn – students are ready to effective learners and allow others to do the same

Students who are unable to uphold the three ‘P’s’ can expect to be dealt with by their subject teacher. Time missed through lateness will be made up, students who do not allow others to learn will be expected to serve an appropriate sanction and a very clear policy on mobile phones already exists. Regrettably, from time to time, students who fail to comply with these very clear expectations, for example failing to return at break, lunch or after school when required to, can expect a further sanction from the subject leader or year head. 

Occasionally, students are required to be taken out of lessons immediately if they repeatedly fail to comply with requests or, more rarely, for more extreme behaviours. This is dealt with by a system we call ‘on call’ and is well established. As part of the next phase of the development of Restorative Practice, if a student is required to be removed by on call they will be logged as they are now and in addition you will receive a text message. The text will state that your child has had to be taken out of a lesson by on call and subsequently is required to stay behind after school for a period of 20 minutes on the same day to meet with the subject teacher involved and re-set expectations, ready for the next day. Students are expected to report to the main hall to meet their teacher and will be given a slip to remind them. 

What if they fail to attend? Students who fail to attend without a valid reason will spend time out of lessons the next dayand will then be required to attend after school that day.

 What if a student has more than one on call in a day? We hope this will never happen, but on rare occasions students will find they are required for multiple incidents of 20 minutes after school. 

What if my child uses public transport? Unless circumstances are extreme, students who are required to stay behind will have to make alternative arrangements if that is the case. 

Of course, having said all this it must be stressed that for the majority of our students all of the above will rarely, or in fact never, apply.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in this and all other matters. Any questions in the first instance should be directed to your child’s head of year. 

David Bishop