A4 (297 x 210mm), 74pp Wire-o-bound ISBN 978-0-86388-687-4 ORDER CODE D11-002-5461 GBP30.99 Foreword About this manual Chapter 1 Restorative justice and behaviour management Chapter 2 Decision making - to conference or not Chapter 3 Conference preparation Chapter 4 Convening the conference Chapter 5 Managing the emotional dynamics Chapter 6 Conference follow-up Chapter 7 Looking after yourself Chapter 8 What if? Appendix Preparation checklist Conference script Conference agreement Conference evaluation sheet Information for community conference participants Recommended reading Applying conferencing across the school setting Case studies About the authors
Margaret Thorsborne has a long history in education, guidance and counselling. Her passion has always been to find better ways to build and rebuild relationships between teachers, students and other members of the school community, to enhance teaching and learning outcomes. She and like-minded colleagues were therefore keen to discover more effective interventions to deal with those sorts of incidents in schools such as bullying, abuse, conflict and violence which did not respond positively to traditional punitive sanctions. She was, therefore, inspired by stories of conferencing then being used in justice agencies. Always a risk-taker, Margaret convened the first ever school-based conference with a little telephone coaching from a police officer and has never looked back! She managed a ground-breaking pilot of community conferencing in her educational region, and is now consultant to a number of government education departments in Australia and abroad wishing to change the policy, practice and culture of behaviour management in schools. Now a private consultant, she continues to work in schools as well as in private and public sector workplaces, convening conferences for high-level conflict and inappropriate behaviour and providing training in conference facilitation for middle and senior management. David Vinegrad is a veteran of working in a diversity of school settings and undertaking a wide range of roles in classroom teaching, student counselling and management. His work experience covers several states of Australia and he is now involved in International Schooling in Japan. His interest in Restorative Justice stemmed from a concern about the use of traditional school-based measures when wrongdoing occurred. Student behaviour did not change, much conflict remained unresolved and the chance to promote positive teacher-student relationships was often lost. David was greatly encouraged when he undertook some professional development in Restorative Justice and has since become an innovative leader in classroom approaches. After doing some pioneering work in Tasmania with like-minded educators and police he moved to Victoria to continue spreading the word. At the time of writing David is working 'restoratively' in classrooms with his students as well as acting as consultant to the Minsitry of Education Singapore and a number of International schools in Japan.
"A valuable contribution to those who know that building relationships is more important than rewards and punishment." Colin Newton, Inclusive Solutions