Restorative Practices in Schools

Apr 2008


Rethinking behaviour management in the whole school through the use of restorative justice methods.

School conferences have proved remarkably successful in teaching students about their responsibilities and accountability to other people. This manual fulfils an important role by outlining the techniques to learn and apply when planning and facilitating conferences.

It includes guidance on:

  • Analysing current school practice
  • Deciding whether to hold a conference
  • Preparing a conference
  • Convening and facilitating a conference
  • Follow-up after a conference.

The book contains many key documents such as preparation checklist, conference script, typical agreement, evaluation sheet and case studies.

Age: 8-16


"A valuable contribution to those who know that building relationships is more important than rewards and punishment"
Colin Newton, Inclusive Solutions


  • Foreword
  • About this manual
  • Chapter 1 Restorative justice and behaviour management
  • Chapter 2 Decision making - to conference or not
  • Chapter 3 Conference preparation
  • Chapter 4 Convening the conference
  • Chapter 5 Managing the emotional dynamics
  • Chapter 6 Conference follow-up
  • Chapter 7 Looking after yourself
  • Chapter 8 What if?
  • Appendix
  • Preparation checklist
  • Conference script
  • Conference agreement
  • Conference evaluation sheet
  • Information for community conference participants
  • Recommended reading
  • Applying conferencing across the school setting
  • Case studies
  • About the authors

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"A valuable contribution to those who know that building relationships is more important than rewards and punishment."
Colin Newton, Inclusive Solutions