Thursday, 24 September 2015

We want you here!!

Where is your focus? Problem solving or belonging??

The Restorative Schools online newspaper reports each week about schools reducing suspensions, having fewer problems... all things that make the school a better, safer place to be.

But one slightly different headline caught my eye - a message to students:

We want you here!!         

Such schools are voicing a direct commitment to their students, all their students!! Not just those who arrive at school in reasonable shape and comply with the schools' expectations.

Many problematic students are not wanted anywhere else in our communities... school might be their only chance to be wanted in a healthy community. To belong is a basic human need we all share. 

The school, club... doesn't want a person who else will? Employers? Clubs? Community groups?... Probably not!!

This is fundamental to the success of Restorative Practices - that those who have done harm can still belong.

How clearly does your school, club, group...communicate with all its people that they are wanted?

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