Restorative Justice in schools – what? and why?

1) What is Restorative Justice? And 2) Why it should not be used in schools Proof of guilt When someone is found guilty of committing an offence the justice system attempts to ensure that perpetrator suffers a suitable punishment for having committed the offence and makes restitution or compensation to the victim as evidence of their remorse. In the face of rising youth crime in […]

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Stop working so hard and dream for a while

    Interesting suggestion Number 1 Our brains are never asleep but always active and scanning for information. Neuroscientists are renaming what used to be known as the ‘resting state’ as the ‘default mode network’. Sounds good doesn’t it? ‘I wasn’t asleep I was activating my default mode network’. 3000 scientific papers have been published on this topic. Interesting suggestion Number 2 Dreams seem to […]

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Behaviour’s 3 Rs – Part 2; Reward

Part 2; Reward Starting work as a specialist behaviour support teacher in 1998 I could see that punishment and reward were the twin pillars of behaviour management in my numerous schools. I could see the awards and the children’s work displayed in the corridors, the school council members and the school’s values displayed in reception. ‘Every day is a new start’. And yet some individuals, […]

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Behaviour’s Three Rs – punishment, reward and something different. Part 1

Part 1; Punishment  Looking at behaviour in detail A websearch of primary and secondary school behaviour policies highlights the global dominance of the behaviourist reward/punishment approach currently being taken in schools. As misdemeanours grow into more seriously bad behaviour punishment becomes the main agent of change, together with the involvement of senior staff who will hold meetings with the student, including family members later on. […]

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