We have teamed up with The Peacemakers Project to learn new techniques for resolving conflict and to create a more harmonious school community. This is a whole school approach to conflict resolution which is ‘Restorative’ in nature - this means that both staff and children will have new ways to resolve problems, repair harm and restore relationships when they break down. The main way we will be doing this is when something goes wrong; we will ask all people involved to come together, listen to the impact of the problem on all the parties and work together to come up with some solutions.
What happens in school:
Classes spend time together in a circle to carry out games, exercises and activities designed to develop social and emotional learning and to build a sense of community
Training and Coaching for staff focussing on: Conflict Resolution, Circle Time and Restorative Practices
Training for Lunchtime Supervisors
Children and staff to explore the way they cooperate with each other as part of the wider school community and gaining new insights into their behaviour
Awareness raising activities including information for parents, whole school creative projects and assemblies
The setting up of a staff ‘champion group’ to maintain and take forward this work in the school long-term
The setting up of a peer mediation scheme where Year 5 children are trained to help other children in the school resolve low-level conflicts in a constructive, non-violent way
We hope that the Peacemakers Project will improve the well being of staff and pupils by supporting us to build strong relationships. This will lead to less conflict and better conflict resolution. Ultimately, we want to have a peaceful school where we feel safe, enjoy coming to school and are committed to excellent learning.