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Restorative Solutions for Schools

An introductory resource book

Put relationships first with Restorative Solutions for Schools. This resource offers a vision of a safe and orderly school based on processes that promote positive relationships and empower victims. It covers the philosophy and practical application of restorative practices in schools and includes templates and activities of proven effectiveness. It is a useful and relevant tool for any teacher or school embarking on a restorative journey.

Ages: 5-17 | Pages: 48 | Code: 0250 | ISBN: 9781877390425

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Catherine Skudder

Catherine Skudder has a depth of experience and many qualifications in both teaching and management. Her areas of expertise are special needs education, leadership and management, and behaviour management. She has worked in primary, intermediate, secondary and special schools in New Zealand and Australia.

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Jim Peters

Jim Peters is a former secondary school teacher, counsellor and principal. He has had a long association with groups concerned with at-risk youth and was a founding member of the Youth Mentoring Trust. He has been involved with alternative education and with several community and school-based programmes in South Auckland, New Zealand.

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Jude Moxon

Jude Moxon is a resource teacher of learning and behaviour based at Massey High School, a large multicultural school in West Auckland, New Zealand. She has extensive experience in facilitating processes that involve low-level and serious harm, classroom disruption and relational conflict.


1. Origins of restorative practices5
2. Principles of restorative practices6
The restorative justice framework6
Fundamental understandings about restorative practices6
Restorative values7
How does a restorative approach differ from a retributive one?9
The social discipline window10
Wrongdoer accountability11
Benefits of restorative practices in schools11
3. Restorative conferencing in schools14
Levels of restorative conferencing14
An example of a class conference: responses from intermediate school
4. Implementing restorative practices in schools17
Case study: implementing restorative practices at Finlayson Park School22
5. Getting started: establishing restorative practices in the school23
Fundamental strategies to establish restorative practices23
Practical strategies for using restorative chats in the classroom28
Restorative communication38
Evaluating restorative practices38
6. Restorative practices at Massey High School40
The Massey Way40
Types of restorative practices at Massey High School41
7. Responses to common concerns about restorative practices45
About the authors47