At The School of Empowering Education here in Leitrim, we believe in creating a democratic learning environment that fosters respect, empathy, and positive relationships. A crucial component of our approach is the implementation of restorative practices. Restorative practice is not only about resolving conflicts but also about promoting understanding, empathy, and personal growth. In this blog post, we will explore how restorative practice enhances our learning community and contributes to the overall well-being of our students, staff (known as ‘supporting adults’), and their families.

Building Trust through Core Values: Restorative practice is grounded in a set of core values that serve as the foundation for our interactions. Respect is at the forefront, reminding us to honour and value each individual, even when we may not see eye to eye or have differing opinions. By cultivating empathy and understanding, we foster an environment that recognises the diverse perspectives and experiences of others. This focus on empathy allows us to develop fairness in our relationships, enabling us to take responsibility for our actions while holding others accountable for theirs.

Enhancing Relationships and Managing Conflict: Restorative practice provides us with a structured framework that helps build and sustain positive relationships. By explicitly promoting empathy and perspective-taking, we foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding. As a result, conflicts can be minimised or even avoided altogether. When conflicts do arise, restorative practice equips us with the skills and tools necessary to manage them effectively. This approach enables us to address and resolve conflicts in a respectful and inclusive manner, promoting growth and learning for all parties involved.

Benefits of Restorative Practice: Implementing restorative practice in our democratic learning environment provides numerous benefits. Restorative practices can empower individuals to handle challenging situations with confidence, leading to improved relationships and increased self-assurance. Restorative practice also extends beyond the school setting, positively impacting families, peers, and communities.

Restorative Practice in Action: At our school, all core staff will take part in restorative practice training and we hope to make it available to as many of our volunteers, parents and community as possible. Restorative practice has the power to transform how we interact, creating a supportive and inclusive community that benefits everyone involved.

Restorative practice lies at the heart of our democratic learning environment at The School of Empowering Education. By embracing this approach, we build trust, foster empathy, and cultivate strong relationships among students, ‘supporting adults’, and their families. Through restorative practice, we not only address conflicts but also promote personal growth, understanding, and harmony within our community. The positive impacts of restorative practice extend far beyond the school walls, reaching into our communities and beyond. We are committed to empowering individuals and creating a supportive environment that enables everyone to thrive.


No responses yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *