Improving Behaviour with Restorative Approaches

Establish a restorative approach to develop your school community and encourage improved behaviour with this practical training course

How to use this course

This course is made up of 6 units, each lasting 2 hours.

It is suitable for all staff and governors in school, as it instructs on the implementation of a whole-school framework.

It is recommended each unit has around 2 or 3 weeks between them.

Further action between units is expected in order to actively develop a restorative strategy in your school.

Author and trainer

Belinda Hopkins


Adopting a restorative approach in school is an effective and collaborative way of addressing many of the issues that arise with behaviour and relationships each day. Restorative schools provide an environment where all voices involved in a conflict are listened to, allowing for positive resolution. A culture of restorative practice is about working with people and not imposing initiatives on them, leading to better school relationships and therefore improved teaching and learning.

This course is designed to instruct your school on how to adopt a fully restorative approach to behaviour, and outline the wider benefits of this to the whole school community. The course, comprised of 6 units, will teach participants to:

  • understand restorative approaches: learn what restorative action can do for the school and the core principles and beliefs of the practice
  • consider the benefits for staff and pupils: understand how restorative skills can help make, maintain and, where necessary, repair relationships across the school community
  • use restorative practice as prevention: provide an approach to bullying behaviours and plan how to respond effectively when they occur
  • identify the effect in classrooms and staffrooms: consider the benefits for the whole school community and how restorative approaches can help to enrich teaching and learning
  • implement a whole-school approach: identify what existing restorative practice is in place in your school and develop a plan to embed a fully restorative culture.

The course has been written by Belinda Hopkins, and is based on tried and tested methods over many years and multiple schools. It is a thorough guide for how to make the changes to become a restorative school, incorporating practical tasks, group discussions, ready-made handouts and video clips. At the end of each unit, guidelines are provided for how to continue to develop your restorative framework between sessions.

After completing this course, or a unit within it, contact us to receive your certificate of attendance on

Certificate of completion

Completed a unit or a whole course? Complete our short survey and we will send you a certificate.

Please allow up to 14 days to receive your certificate.