Pupil Partnership

In restorative schools, all young people are helped to understand the purpose and the practice associated with restorative principles. A key principle involves relating to others of different age, ability, gender, race or religion with a sense of unconditional regard. When difficulties arise, it is the difficulty and not the person that is the problem. A sense of partnership is created through the process of building a learning community that is supportive, accountable and respectful.

For some pupils there will be an opportunity to become restorative pupil leaders. This is a role that can help to shape expectations in a school community and it will be important that the process of choosing pupil leaders reflects these expectations.  Staff will wish to convey the importance of fairness, inclusion, respect for difference, and opportunities for development.  Following sessions of information-sharing and discussion, pupils will be invited to apply and they will be involved in a training process that enables them and their trainers to decide collaboratively if they should go forward and take up the role.

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What do Restorative Pupil Leaders give to a school?

  • They provide a positive role model
  • They have an influential role in promoting strong relationships in the school community
  • They offer a practical commitment to ensuring there is a safe learning environment for all pupils
  • They help all pupils to feel included
  • They provide support at specific times of the school day e.g. playtimes, circles, assemblies, open days
  • They help fellow pupils to talk about issues of concern and when necessary they support pupils with putting things right
  • They are ambassadors for the school's core values of respect, inclusion, fairness and responsibility

Partnership with pupils

What do Restorative Pupil Leaders gain from their role?

  • They build confidence and self-esteem by helping to improve their school
  • They develop their own abilities through the process of giving help and support to others
  • They learn how to build and maintain good relationships which are a key to success and happiness in life.
  • They receive positive feedback from fellow pupils and from staff who acknowledge and appreciate their efforts
  • Their experience of acting differently in different situations enables young people to realise they can create learning for themselves and for others.
  • They experience first-hand how roles and responsibilities have a critical part to play in achieving social cohesion
  • They develop qualities of respect, inclusion, fairness and responsibility

Partnership with Pupils is a commitment to involve all pupils in building a learning environment that is respectful, engaging, participatory and fun.