Wellbeing - Restorative Approach

Mary MacKillop Primary School aims to have a restorative approach to all matters relating to student behaviour.  
A restorative approach recognises that punishment alone will not cause behaviour to change or enable the student to learn from the situation. It does not rule out punishment, sanctions or consequences. It simply looks at the problem from a different perspective. Its focus is on the harm that has been done and how it can be repaired. There are several methods that can be used individually, between two students, in groups or a whole class.

The three key principles of a restorative approach are:
  • those who have done harm face up to those who have been harmed
  • those who have been harmed have a say in how that harm is repaired
  • those who have done harm are enabled to make amends and ultimately to be reintegrated into the school community.
A restorative approach:
  • promotes the importance of building relationships between individuals after an incident /misdemeanor
  • builds links between relationships (student/teacher) and educational outcomes
  • encourages school connectedness for students 
  • promotes repairing relationships
  • replaces a punitive approach in managing misdemeanours
  • allows for appropriate sanctions/consequences to occur 
  • teaches conflict resolution and other problem-solving skills
  • involves classroom management practices that are less punitive and more democratic and supportive
  • encourages students to learn from their mistakes, reconcile and resolve problems with others
  • allows students to reflect on the impact of their behavior on others.