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Restorative Practices in Schools

Apr 2008
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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
Published reviews: 

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

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Margaret Thorsborne & David Vinegrad

Margaret Thorsborne has a long history in education, guidance and counselling. Her passion has always been to find better ways to build and rebuild relationships between teachers, students and other members of the school community, to enhance teaching and learning outcomes. She and like-minded colleagues were therefore keen to discover more effective interventions to deal with those sorts of incidents in schools such as bullying, abuse, conflict and violence which did not respond positively to traditional punitive sanctions. She was, therefore, inspired by stories of conferencing then being used in justice agencies.

Always a risk-taker, Margaret convened the first ever school-based conference with a little telephone coaching from a police officer and has never looked back! She managed a ground-breaking pilot of community conferencing in her educational region, and is now consultant to a number of government education departments in Australia and abroad wishing to change the policy, practice and culture of behaviour management in schools. Now a private consultant, she continues to work in schools as well as in private and public sector workplaces, convening conferences for high-level conflict and inappropriate behaviour and providing training in conference facilitation for middle and senior management.

David Vinegrad is a veteran of working in a diversity of school settings and undertaking a wide range of roles in classroom teaching, student counselling and management. His work experience covers several states of Australia and he is now involved in International Schooling in Japan. His interest in Restorative Justice stemmed from a concern about the use of traditional school-based measures when wrongdoing occurred. Student behaviour did not change, much conflict remained unresolved and the chance to promote positive teacher-student relationships was often lost. David was greatly encouraged when he undertook some professional development in Restorative Justice and has since become an innovative leader in classroom approaches.

After doing some pioneering work in Tasmania with like-minded educators and police he moved to Victoria to continue spreading the word. At the time of writing David is working 'restoratively' in classrooms with his students as well as acting as consultant to the Ministry of Education Singapore and a number of International schools in Japan.