Iffley Mead School
I have no doubt that the introduction of Restorative Approaches has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on the culture and ethos of Iffley Mead School. Restorative Approaches underpins our behaviour policy and promotes a respectful atmosphere throughout the school, thus maximising our pupils’ potential for learning. The impact of the approach is evident in the relationships forged throughout the school, and the implementation of strategies such as active listening, reasoned discussions and an acceptance of personal responsibility. Tangible evidence includes a marked decrease in bullying and conflict, and a reduction in exclusions.
The school has subscribed to a rolling training programme in Restorative Approaches by Transforming Conflict to ensure that all staff are familiar and confident with the skills required. Transforming Conflict have tailored the training to meet the needs of staff, and the high calibre of the training has been pivotal in the success of the approach. Staff are empowered by the training, which is highly participative, grounded in real experiences and applicable to our context.
I have no hesitation in commending Transforming Conflict as a leading practitioner in training and support for Restorative Approaches.
Kay Willett, Headteacher