Blog: Feb 2016

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Restorative practice in schools - making it happen

Jon Collins
29 February 2016

A couple of weeks ago the Peer Mediation Network published an open letter to Nicky Morgan, the secretary of state for education, calling for more action to promote the use of conflict resolution and restorative approaches within schools. The letter argues, rightly, that all young people will have to deal with conflict both at school and in later life, and that giving them the skills to do so positively and constructively should therefore be a higher priority.

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We need a plan…

Jon Collins
15 February 2016

Last week the Prime Minister gave a major speech on prisons policy. The following day the interim report of a review of the youth justice system, led by Charlie Taylor, was published. The previous week the Home Secretary gave a speech outlining future plans to expand the role of Police and Crime Commissioners. And earlier that week the Prime Minister had announced a review of overrepresentation and racial bias in the justice system, to be led by Labour MP David Lammy.

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Putting restorative parenting into practice

Jon Collins
1 February 2016

A couple of weeks ago I went to Liverpool to visit the impressive King David Primary, which is in the process of becoming a restorative school. I met some of the staff and was fortunate enough to sit in on a training session with a group of pupils. They were great - quickly grasping the social discipline window while simultaneously laughing at my southern accent and demolishing every biscuit in sight.