FSC1813 – Introduction to Restorative Practice (RP) for the Classroom and School


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On completion of this course, you will have an understanding of Restorative Practices (RP) and be able to implement RP in your classroom and school. You will know how to foster and maintain a positive school culture among adults and students alike. You will have at your disposal a set of solutions to common school problems that have met with proven success which are based on international best practice in Restorative Practices. Using Restorative Practices you will be able to review and renew a whole school improvement plan as part of your school’s SSE process.

Course Modules

Module 1: Restorative Practices (RP) – Introduction

  • Understand the need for an alternative approach to challenging behaviour
  • Have a general understanding of the differences between the traditional and restorative responses to challenging behaviour
  • Begin to realise that punitive approaches are not very effective
  • Have a greater appreciation of the need for a restorative approach in your school

Module 2: RP – Towards a Better understanding

  • Be able to outline the general origins of RP
  • Be better able to define and describe RP
  • Have an appreciation for the need of an RP quality assurance framework
  • Be able to identify the seven key principles of RP necessary within a school setting
  • Examine the national and international understanding and support for RP
  • Better understand the core principles of restorative justice and restorative practices and how they differ from traditional or punitive approaches

Module 3: Supporting Conceptual Framework and Processes

  • The six concepts widely used to support restorative practices
  • How restorative practices’ process may be used to implement RP in your own setting.
  • The Social discipline window
  • Compass of Shame
  • Fair Process

Module 4: Using Classroom Circles to Teach RP

  • An examination of the different circle formats and an explanation as to why and when to use them
  • Know how to introduce and lead circle dialogues
  • Learn how to transition into and out of “circle time” and switch roles between circle keeper and teacher effectively
  • Differentiate between the two different circle themes
  • Know how to sequence activities to build trust among students so they become more willing to communicate authentically
  • State the restorative questions and know how to use them
  • Understand affective communication and evaluate how it supports classroom discipline and community building

Module 5: The School Self-Evaluation Process and Implementing RP

  • The SSE six-step process and how it might be used with regards to RP implementation in your classroom and school
  • An outline of practices found useful as guides for schools implementing RP
  • An illustration of ways in which RP can be applied using the restorative justice pyramid
  • An explanation of the benefits of a whole school approach to RP
  • The power of language in RP
  • An Examination of how RP is used to build positive school climate and culture
  • An appreciation of the fundamental nature of what’s involved in change, for self and for school

After each module you will be required to contribute a post to the module forum in response to questions posed by the course facilitator. Each question will require critical thinking on the topic posited. The moderated forum is designed to stimulate discussion among your community of learners. During the course, you will need to answer multiple-choice questions to assess your knowledge retention.

When you have finished the five modules you will be expected to do an end of course assignment. This exercise will take the form of a reflective exercise, creation of a plan and/or a presentation which can be used in the following academic year. The assignment will provide you with an opportunity to analyse:

Key learning points

  • How the course relates to your own practice
  • How to apply what you have learned in your own school

Learning Records

As part of the successful completion of all summer courses, you are required to compile a learning record that demonstrates your attainment of the course aims and learning outcomes. The learning record may contain tasks, work samples, assignments, photographs, reflections and other artefacts that demonstrate your learning during the course.

Your Learning Record should be in electronic format and at a minimum must contain the six completed assignments (5 X MCQs and End of Course Assignment) and all posts to the forums. Learning records must also contain a CPD log. The log should verify that you’ve completed a minimum of ten hours of learning online and the maximum of ten self-verified hours allowable for other learning activities.

Course Requirements

  • PC, Tablet or Mobile
  • Speakers or Headphones


Online: www.teachersummercourses.com

Phone: 076 602 5026

Course Duration: 20 hours

Course Fee: €69

Start Date: 2nd July 2018


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