Restorative Approach (Peacemakers)

restorative website

Building, keeping and promoting positive relationships for life.


This page will answer:

  • What is a Peacemaking?
  • What does it have to do with behaviour at Raddlebarn?
  • What are some of the techniques used?

What is Peacemaking?

Peacemaking is an approach that helps all people involved in an incident to share their experience, thoughts and feelings about what has happened.  As a result, they are able to find ways to put right any wrongdoing, and feel listened to.  In this way, we enable children to build good relationships and develop skills to resolve problems.  These skills not only develop empathy, but also self-discipline and the ability to resolve problems independently.

This is our Restorative Approach, otherwise known as, Peacemakers.

Who are the Peacemakers at Raddlebarn?

  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • All Raddlebarn Staff
  • Governors
  • Everyone who is part of the Raddlebarn Community!

What does Peacemaking have to do with Behaviour at Raddlebarn?

Restorative approaches link with our Behaviour policy.  In school we build relationships using strategies mentioned in the policy.  sometimes i feelSome examples include:

  • CiCo time – check in, check out.
  • Circle time
  • PSHE curriculum
  • Assemblies
  • Problem solving circles
  • Problem solving script
  • Worry box
  • Displays promoting emotionally literacy
  • Mediation

How do the children solve problems themselves?

Children are encouraged to work through their problems by using the following statements:

When you …

I felt….

I need….

Using these statements, children are able to work through their feelings and thoughts.  They develop a sense of empathy towards others and gain an understanding of how their actions can effect others. Children are supported by adults to think about how they could put things right and how they would change their actions next time.

Restorative approaches encourage pupils to think about how their behaviour has affected others both pupils and staff. It helps children to develop respect, responsibility and truth telling. If you child has been upset we will try our very best to make sure they feel that it has been put right for them and that it will not happen again.

How do we help children to actively problem solve?

When our pupils find themselves in conflict or upset we will ask them:

What happened?

What were you thinking when it happened?

What do you think now?

Who has been affected or upset by this and how?

What needs to happen to put this right?


We might also say to our pupils:

What would you think if this happened to you?

How can we put this right?

What could you do differently next time?

What other choice could you have made?

How could you make sure this doesn’t happen again?

What is CiCo Time?

This is an opportunity during register time for pupils verbalise how they are feeling.



If the children give a low number or a negative response, then this will prompt a member of staff to have a further discussion and find out what the issue is. This enables the child to verbalise their feelings and create a positive response so that the child can move forward as, often, worries which seem big to a child can easily be solved.


Additional Information

More information on this approach can be found in our policies section, or on request by getting in touch with us through the school office.