Open Access Training Dates

New Introductory Dates

2nd & 11th July 2024
4th & 8th November 2024 

New Restorative Justice Conferencing Training Dates

2nd, 11th, 16th & 19th July 2024
4th, 8th, 22nd & 28th November 2024

This is our pre-pandemic one-day training but will be delivered on-line via Zoom over two shorter days to ensure maximum engagement and opportunity to ask questions.

Our next Restorative Approaches introductory training will look at how your school can use a restorative option to build community and manage conflict. During the day we will explore how schools can:

• Implement a restorative language and vocabulary within their school.
• Deliver a restorative chat to manage low level conflict between peers/peers or peers/staff
• Restorative approaches and classroom management
• Plan the implementation of a restorative approach within their schools.
• Understand which roles need to be involved and how this can be achieved.
• Understand the principles of restorative justice and the wider educational approach.
• Have a clear understanding of how restorative approaches can:-
o Build community
o Enhance a positive learning environment
o Produce positive outcomes for young people in conflict
o Develop support for pupils with SEND to engage them in positive strategies to manage behaviour and friendships
o Bring a sanction system and a restorative approach together
o Reduce exclusions, removal from class, bullying, detentions and disruptive behaviour
o Promote emotional literacy, truth telling, responsibility, accountability & conflict resolution skills

COST: Price £175 per delegate - £325 for two delegates - £450 for three delegates

Restorative Justice Conference Facilitation Training

3rd, 7th, 11th, 17th July 2023
2nd, 7th , 17th & 21st November 2023
5th, 14th, 19th & 28th March 2024

This is our usual three-day training but will be delivered on-line via zoom over four shorter days to ensure maximum engagement and opportunity to ask questions

Our next Restorative Justice Conference Facilitation training will enable delegates to build the necessary skills to use formal restorative justice conference facilitation to resolve conflict and repair harm within an Education setting. We explore the benefits restorative language and why repairing relationships enables schools to engage pupils in their learning. Delegates also have the opportunity to look at how to use restorative circles and informal restorative chats to create a positive learning environment rich in emotional literacy and conflict resolution skills whilst recognising the immense pressure that schools face for RA to be both timely and effective. During the training we will consider:

Restorative approaches - What, Why and How?

• Restorative language
• Restorative circles
• Restorative learning agreements
• Resolving both high and low level conflict using restorative language and restorative chats
• Reduce exclusions, removal from class, bullying, detentions and disruptive behaviour Developing emotional literacy, responsibility, empathy and accountability

strong>Restorative Justice Conferencing - What, Why and How?

• Positive outcomes from conferencing
• Engaging pupils in restorative conferencing
• Conference assessment, preparation, delivery, follow up and evaluation
• Conference contracts
• Implementing a restorative option to resolve conflict within your school or organisation
• Reducing bullying
• Viable alternative to exclusions and other sanctions

COST: Price £450 per delegate - £875 for two delegates - reduced to £1,250 for three delegates


Restorative practice is increasingly being used in a variety of multi-agency settings; schools, local authority ‘Looked After’ Provision and Fostering Services as well as Youth Offending Teams. The aim of restorative practice in these settings is to resolve conflict, build social and communication skills and develop core values such as empathy, responsibility and truth telling.

Our Background Information: Restorative Justice 4 Schools Ltd is a leading restorative training provider and are members of the Restorative Justice Council. Our Director Lynne Russell has extensive experience of working as a Restorative Justice Co-ordinator both in Education and Youth Justice.

Restorative Justice in Schools: is an effective tool to strengthen relationships, develop core values, enhance discipline, both prevent and resolve conflict when it occurs and as an alternative to sanctions that often are recognised as ineffective in changing behaviour.

This approach has been found to be very successful and is acknowledged by Ofsted “Pupils value the restorative practices that help them understand right and wrong, and encourage them to take responsibility for their actions.” Ofsted report Upton Primary School, Bexley (2010)

Kent has led the way in restorative practice; Holmesdale Technology College, one of the secondary schools that we provide the training for, piloted a restorative response to avoid removals from class and found that it reduced removals by 39% in its first term!

Many schools are turning to restorative approaches to create an effective learning environment where pupils are able to self-regulate their own behaviour and learning. Restorative approaches have been found most effective in improving behaviour and learning in both a primary and secondary setting when implemented as a whole school approach. Schools that use a restorative approach to behaviour management have found that they need to exclude less and that incidents of poor behaviour decreases.

Restorative approaches are based on six key features:

RESPECT – for everyone by listening to other opinions and learning to value them.
RESPONSIBILTY – telling the truth and therefore taking responsibility for your own actions.
RELATIONSHIPS – developing positive relationships with pupils, staff and parents are essential to the running of any school. Restorative justice helps create an environment where positive relationships flourish.
RESILIENCE – developing the skills within your school community so that its individual members have the necessary skills to develop emotional, behavioural and relational resilience.
RE-INTEGRATION - working through a structured, supportive process that aims to resolve problems and allows young people to remain in mainstream education

Evidence of impact: The Restorative Justice Council supports the development of evidence-based practice to help practitioners and Head Teachers to learn from the growing body of research from around the country. Key findings from recent evaluations include: The use and effectiveness of anti-bullying strategies in schools, a report by Goldsmiths, University of London, published by the Department for Education (April 2011). The report found that "developing a restorative ethos and culture that supports the development of social and emotional skills and the adult modelling of positive relationships and communication were given the highest rating of effectiveness [in preventing bullying]."

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