Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice

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This is a book for everyone wanting to workin a school where people care about each other, and where good relationships, mutual respect and a sense of belonging are seen as key to successful teaching and learning. It is a book designed to inspire, enthuse and enable people with energy and commitment to create a school community in which, when harmful behaviour or conflicts occur, the emphasis is on repairing the damage caused to relationships and on finding mutually acceptable ways forward. This emphasis has the potential to transform the way that members of that school community think, feel and behave towards each other.

This is also a book for those who work inside or outside schools with young people who feel let down by their current educational experience. Such education professionals may feel they need a different approach. The young people they work with may be seeking to get their needs met in ways that impact negatively on others and may already be engaging in anti-social and illegal behaviour. These young people are in the care of adults who are trying very hard to understand their situation and are offering them support. This book offers such adults new ways to look at old challenges.

Although this book was written with the needs of teachers in mind, there is an increasing interest in developing restorative processes in schools from many other agencies who work with school-aged young people. Many of you may be opening this book for information about a particular restorative process or intervention. It is not for me to instruct you to read the whole book, although I would encourage you to do so, since the essential message of the book is that a 'Just School' integrates restorative principles and practice into every policy, every lesson, every meeting and every event in the school day.

Guy Masters' Introduction sets the subject of this book in the wider context of restorative justice nationally and internationally, in the early part of this new

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