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How to become a restorative school: Part 3 – Tackling the challenges

In the final instalment of our three-part series on how to use restorative justice to improve behaviour at your school, Tom Procter-Legg offers advice on overcoming the common obstacles to successfully implementing restorative approaches

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So you decided to become a restorative school, you followed the implementation process advised, you waited for the glow of success to arrive and … all you got were problems.

If you read the previous two articles in this three-part series and you know about restorative approaches in schools, you will know that they work, they have a strong evidence base and more schools are moving towards a restorative way of working. But what happens when it doesn’t work? What happens along the road to successful implementation and what can potentially threaten to derail the process?

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