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Supporting Our Students

          Our school supports the contribution that each member of the school community makes in helping us to realise our
          mission. We view the development of positive self-esteem as essential for our students.

          Restorative Practice

          Restorative Practice (RP) is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those
          damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the
          offender and forgiveness by the victim
          Royal  School  Cavan  is  formally  moving  towards  a  restorative  school.  All  staff  will  take  a  restorative  approach  to
          resolving conflict and preventing harm if both parties agree and the nature of the misbehaviour is not sufficiently
          objectionable. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those
          responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.
          When behavioural issues arise, we will use a restorative approach to solve behavioural issues to the greatest extent that
          is practicable. This includes the use of the following restorative questions, which seek to make visible the underlying
          causes of an incident and thus offer hope of a permanent solution.

          When challenging behaviour:

          What happened?                                      Who has been affected and in what way?
          What were you thinking of at the time?              How could things have been done differently?
          What have you thought about it since?               What do you think needs to happen next?
          The type of interventions/consequences that will be implemented is dependent on the behaviour being encountered
          and the extent to which the parties involved are willing to engage with Restorative Practice. We aim to use RP as far
          as practicable to help select mutually agreed interventions/consequences. This is to ensure that all parties can move
          forward with the best possible learning attitude. Nevertheless, should this approach be unsuccessful; or should the
          nature of the misbehaviour be sufficiently objectionable, the school reserves the right to use all other sanctions as
          stated in our Code of Behaviour, up to and including expulsion

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