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Restorative Practice

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Kia ora and welcome to the website for Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Restorative Practice.

Since September 2015 the University of Waikato through Te Whai Toi Tangata: The Institute of Professional Learning has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education to bring Restorative Practice to approved schools in Aotearoa - New Zealand.

Our Focus and Vision

PB4L group 2Restorative Practice is an intentional, interactive conversational practice that enables the production of just relationships and ethical selves (Drewery, 2015).

Project Principles

Schools have embedded restorative practices as a sustainable model so that it becomes the way we do things around here.

In each Restorative Practice school:

  • there is a happy, healthy school community that promotes student learning, achievement and wellbeing
  • there is strong alignment between the PB4L school wide ethos and restorative practice
  • everyone has a clear understanding of the role they play in creating and maintaining restorative practice in their school community

Our Team

We are working hard with schools to plan their RP journey which often begins with a whole school Essentials Professional Learning Day. Our Coordinators provide ongoing support for schools to develop their understanding of the Ministry of Education resource Kete and how it can be used to support relational approaches and restorative practice in schools and communities.

Meet the Restorative Practice team...

Free Resources

PB4L group 1All kete that support the programme of work can be accessed free online at http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/PB4L-Restorative-Practice. All interested educators are welcome to investigate theses resources on this site. Once a school has signed into Restorative Practices as agreed with the Ministry of Education they will receive a full set of the kete as well as full and comprehensive online practice support.

General Information

For all general enquiries relating to the programme itself or the team please contact Kathryn Hodson, Project Manager on kathryn.hodson@waikato.ac.nz

Contacts to Join the Programme

The first "port of call" for schools interested in Restorative Practice is the Ministry of Education Manager for PB4L

Once the ministry and the school have agreed that PB4L RP is a good fit, our regional coordinators will pick up the relationship and become the key contact for the school.

  • Tai Tokerau (mid North), Auckland, and Waikato: Sheridan Gray, Leane Carlson, Kathryn Hodson
  • Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti/Hawkes Bay and Tai Tokerau (far North): Moana Brown
  • Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua, and Wellington:  Catherine Forster and Kirsty Ferguson
  • South Island: Greg Jansen and Rich Matla