Restorative Practices at Bath Middle School
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An Introduction to Restorative Practice for Parents and Caregivers.
Here at BMS we are in our third year of working towards becoming a Restorative Practices school. The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships. This is our priority as a restorative school, as we see ourselves at the heart of, and serving, our community. For effective teaching and learning to take place, we believe that good relationships need to be at the center of everything that happens at Bath Middle School.
Restorative Practices is a process that puts repairing harm done to relationships and people over and above assigning blame and dispensing punishment (it is important to note that this does not mean there are no consequences). It shifts the emphasis from managing behavior to focusing on building, nurturing and repairing relationships. It is about a process that is seen as fair: allows free expression of emotions and significantly is about offering high levels of support, whilst challenging inappropriate behavior through high levels of control, encouraging acceptance of responsibility, and the setting of clear boundaries.
We know that a whole school restorative approach can contribute to:
- Happier and safer schools
- Mutually respectful relationships
- More effective teaching and learning
- Reduced exclusions, detentions, and suspensions
- Raised attendance
- Addresses bullying behavior
- Raises morale and self esteem
- Helps promote a culture of inclusion and belonging
- Increases emotional literacy
If you have any questions regarding BMS’s work towards becoming a Restorative Practice school, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers or to contact me. Thank you for your support in helping BMS build a stronger community.
Brandon Ward Principal Bath Middle School