Restoration and Mediation Pack



Format: A4 Book and 3 DVDs

Description: A great set of resources at a discounted price. The perfect way to get started with Restorative Justice and Mediation. £99.95 – thats over 25% discount compared with buying these resources individually.

Restorative Solutions by Colin Newton and Helen Mahaffey is a practical book about how to implement Restorative interventions and approaches in schools. The book gives guiding ideas, principle, theory and values as well as direct scripts for those involved in direct contact with pupils, staff and parents. Restorative SOlutions are about inclusion, transforming relationships and radical ways of impacting upon conflict and rule breaking behaviour. All schools in the UK and Support Service staff will want a copy. Parents will also find it an extremely valuable resource for bringing up their own children peacefully. Preface by Sir Charles Pollard (ex Chief Superintendent, Thames Valley Police) “Bad behaviour in our schools – often leading to school exclusions, speeding the pupils involved to the social scrapheap – has become a blight on our education system. Solutions are hard to come by. Most come in the form of yet more punitive discipline, which merely heightens the problem. What is needed in schools is fresh thinking, new approaches that work – and Restorative Practices are precisely that. Restorative Practices break the cycle by tackling the root causes of misbehaviour, rather than just massaging the symptoms. Many badly behaved pupils, faced directly and personally with the harm they have done to others, not only see the error of their ways but are often even transformed into positive role models. And they don’t need to be excluded. This book is an invaluable tool for all who want to learn about Restorative Solutions. It describes how, when and where they can be used, not just to reduce exclusions but – even more importantly – to improve the whole behavioural culture of the school and improve attainment. All who work in schools should read it and act on it.”

The book is accompanied by three DVD illustrating Restorative Justice and Mediation in action

DVD 1. Introducing Restorative Justice DVD Commissioned by Milton Keynes Psychological Service, produced by Living Archive This DVD demonstrates the value of this constructive approach in resolving conflicts and repairing damaged relationships in the school community. It has a particular relevance for: Bullying Low-level disruption Fighting Serious behaviour incidents Relationship issues. The four sections of this DVD draw on real-life situations and demonstrate the helpful effects of Restorative Justice Conferencing for students, staff and parents. This approach aims to repair the harm done to relationships by challenging inappropriate behaviour. There is ample information to influence practice, and it will help students, parents and staff to understand the benefits of Restorative Approaches. Running time: 70 minutes

DVD 2. Restorative Justice at Ryton Park Created by Inclusive Solutions Aims:

  1. To introduce participants to Restorative Interventions
  2. To develop understanding of value and role in developing inclusive practice of Restorative Interventions
  3. To demonstrate how KS1 children can be involved in restorative conferences
  4. To demonstrate how KS2 pupils can chair RJ conferences with minimal adult support

The DVD has two clips on it. One describes from a pupil’s perspective the power of ‘Fall out stoppers’ a wonderful way to encourage mediation and communication before a fight actually occurs. The second clip shows a restorative conference in action. The pupils are in KS1 and two KS2 girls chair the session. A “Restorative Intervention” is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution where the person who has done something wrong in a given situation becomes accountable to those s/he has harmed. This person is then given the opportunity to “make up” for their inappropriate behaviour through agreement and reparation. An Intervention can involve a formal conference, or it can be a simple conversation on a corridor or playground. Restorative Interventions work with all ages of young people, and the techniques can be used in parental meetings, can prevent exclusions and challenge poor behaviour. Our feedback tells us that when problems between young people are addressed in this way, those problems rarely reoccur. Including all those affected by an incident in its resolution is a powerful way of producing significant improvements in behaviour. This work has also directed some professionals down the path of considering “Relationship Management” in schools as important as “Behaviour Management.”

DVD 3. Peer Mediation at GladeHill Primary School Created by Inclusive Solutions Aims:

  1. To introduce viewers to Peer Mediation
  2. To demonstrate a training programme for peer mediation
  3. To demonstrate how KS2 children can be involved in peer mediation
  4. To demonstrate how KS2 pupils can chair mediation sessions with minimal adult support

The DVD has video and still images on it. The video shows excerpts from peer mediation training and powerfully demonstrates how effective young pupils can be in mediating. Pupil mediators resolve a conflict between two adults in role as two friends who have seriously fallen out! Two KS2 girls run the session. Peer mediation is a non-adversarial approach to conflict resolution where mediators search for a ‘win-win’ outcome for all parties involved. Mediation is a process for resolving disputes and conflicts in which a neutral third party (parties) acts as a moderator for the process. In mediation, the goal is to work out differences constructively. Mediation provides schools with an alternative to traditional disciplinary practices. Students involved in this process, either as mediators or disputants, learn a new way of handling conflict. In mediation, trained students help their classmates identify the problems behind the conflicts and to find solutions. Peer mediation is not about finding who is right or wrong. Instead, students are encouraged to move beyond the immediate conflict and learn how to get along with each other – an important skill in today’s world. Peer mediators ask the disputing students to tell their stories and ask questions for clarification. The mediators help the students identify ways to solve the conflict. Peer mediation can work with all ages of young people, and the techniques can be used in parental meetings, can prevent exclusions and challenge poor behaviour. Concepts and skills include the following:

  • Understanding Conflict
  • Confidentiality
  • Effective Communication
  • Listening
  • The Mediation

Additional information

Weight50 g