Jamie Thom

Behaviour: does the restorative approach work?

Is moving to a restorative approach to behaviour management in schools worth the effort, asks Jamie Thom

Does the restorative approach to behaviour management in schools work?

This is a very public confession: I am having behavioural issues with one of my classes. To say that S2 and I are not enjoying a particularly positive relationship at this moment could well be the understatement of the year.

My ill-conceived idea to teach them Willy Russell’s Our Day Out, which features a group of challenging Liverpool students whose behaviour destroys a school trip, is becoming almost too ironic to bear. Lessons are starting to mirror the chaos that descends when the class visits the zoo – the only thing missing, as yet, is the animals.

Such behavioural struggles are ...

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