Just a plug, really for the excellent work that is done by the Restorative Foundation here in Milton Keynes. Their website has a lovely introductory video that manages to say in 7 minutes or so what the whole thing is about. Their influence on us as a school and on me as a leader has been profound and we have learnt to use the language of it in all that we do.
There is still a long way to go, though, because there is a depth to this practice that many of us have barely delved into. We like the Restorative Foundation’s work because, although it is rooted in constructivist psychological approaches, it is very true to the way that Jesus sorted out problems and healed relationships, and is based around separating the action from the doer – something vital if we are going to teach the unconditional love of God to children and adults. Our two lead practitioners of restorative practice at Christ the Sower also happen to be in the chaplaincy team, which strengthens the link between a biblical view of children and relationships and our day to day practice in dealing with each other.