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Ministry of Education.

What is PB4L Restorative Practice?

Restorative Practice is a relational approach to school life grounded in beliefs about equality, dignity, mana and the potential of all people.

The Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) Restorative Practice model focuses on building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships across the school community and offers school staff best-practice tools and techniques to restore relationships when things go wrong. By building and maintaining positive, respectful relationships within a school, staff to staff, staff to student and student to student, issues are more easily managed. 

PB4L Restorative Practice is based on a set of best practice tools and techniques to support a consistent and sustainable approach to managing positive, respectful relationships within the school.

PB4L Restorative Practice is currently being piloted in 21 secondary schools. Once the model has been tested, refined and evaluated, it will be made available to up to 200 schools by 2017.

Anecdotal feedback from secondary schools participating in pilot testing of PB4L Restorative Practice suggests that schools can expect the following positive outcomes:

  • a calmer school environment, with less classroom disruption and more time for teaching
  • an increase in the engagement and learning of students in the classroom
  • growth in relational and problem-solving skills, both for adults and students across the school community
  • improvements in attitudes and relationships across the whole school community
  • a consistent best-practice approach across the whole school community that aligns with the school’s shared values.

Restorative Practice: building inclusive networks of positive respectful relationships across the school community

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