Restorative approaches course at Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen 15/16th October, 2012

PC Chris Warlow recently ran a Restorative Approaches course at CC Y Dderwen, near Bridgend assisted by PCs John Stewart and Steve Carpenter.

The participants were a mixture of staff and year 10 pupils all who were new to Restorative Practise. The course was well received and the course members left enthused to try and implement restorative approaches in their everyday practise.

There was consensus during the debrief session at the conclusion of the course, that Restorative Approaches could only be really successful if they were implemented root and branch throughout the school. This would mean incorporating restorative practice as part of the ethos of the school.

At the request of the staff present, Chris Warlow is to have a meeting with a member of school’s senior management team to raise the various needs of the staff members that weren’t met during the course as they were policy issues. 

The pupils present thought it important that the student cohort of the school was informed briefly of what Restorative Approaches meant in either a PSE lesson or assembly. They suggested content for a 15/20 minute assembly which Chris is going to explore in the school.

The evaluation of the course was overwhelmingly positive, below are a selection of comments.

“I found the course very interesting”

“I hope to use the information and training I have received in the future”

“This (RA) needs to be a whole school approach for it to be fully beneficial…….” 

“I appreciate the value of RA and whereby individuals take responsibility for their actions.” 

“I really enjoyed this course, it was so simple but with very effective results and makes the people involved reflect on feelings, emotions and their own behaviour and is the first step in changing their behaviour”