The use of restorative practice to resolve issues between people is a key part of school life. It enables the children to learn the important life skills of addressing and resolving problems that sometimes occur between friends and classmates. To formalise this skill set the role of Shooting Stars was created.
Shooting Stars are selected from Year 2 children. The selection process requires the children to complete an application form and attend an interview. The twelve successful candidates are taught the principles of restorative practice and how to apply them in the playground.
The training involves learning what restorative practice means and why it is a good skill to have. To simplify the process for the playground a few scripts were introduced to the shooting stars. These really help to focus on what is happening and to also ensure all children are clear on the process. A lot of the training takes place in the playground with a restorative practice mentor on hand to guide and help the children learn this new skill. The children are also taught at what point they need to escalate to an adult.
“I can now help other children sort out friendship problems by asking questions and really listening to the answers.” Shooting Star
Introducing shooting stars to the school
The shooting stars are identified in the playground by high vis jackets with the Shooting Star logo on the back. Lanyards with the scripts attached help the shooting stars remember what they need to say.
The shooting stars were introduced to the school via a whole school assembly. Their role was explained and how they can help resolve problems.