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Ubuntu is a South African word meaning that each person’s humanity is bound up with the humanity of others. It’s a philosophy about our interconnectedness that resonates with me and is at the heart of the Connect RP relational work that I am grateful that I get to do in our world.
UbuntuLearning aims to support individuals, schools/organisations and communities in their capacity and commitment to Restorative Practice . This e-learning platform is a compass to support understanding, reflection and guided practice for those seeking to create relational learning communities; enhancing relationships, communication and wellbeing at work and beyond!
1. Restorative Me or RP & Additional Educational Needs ((individual programme/course)
2. Restorative Us Plus; Growing a Restorative Team (package for whole staff CPD & team 4-10 people)
3. Connect RP Site Licence (serves a whole school community)
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1. Individual Programme
Connect, Reflect & Model
Creating Relational Learning Communities!
When I saw the Restorative ME e-learning course I jumped at the chance to do it. I am so lucky to work in a school environment with a restorative culture throughout. We use circles in our classes and conferences to repair harm when the need arises.
We have noticed that the more circles the children are part of the less need we have for conferences. I wasn't sure if this course was for people beginning their restorative journey or people who are restorative practitioners for some time. This course is pitched perfectly! It gives beginners an amazing introduction to their restorative journey and for people like me, it is giving me a great chance to reflect on my current practice. We all get a bit comfortable in ourselves and need to revisit ideas and models. I am really valuing this time to sit and do that. It is also helping me be a better parent and wife, especially at this time where we are all together all the time. I constantly as myself "who do I want to be in this situation?" The layout of this course is in perfect bite sized lessons that are easy to process and reflect on before continuing on to the next lesson. I love the activities and quizzes and I could listen to Michelle's voice all day long. - Amanda Downey (primary)
Working in a restorative school, I have completed many RP courses with Michelle in face to face training. My principal asked if anyone wanted to pilot Michelle’s online course and I jumped at the chance. I think the Restorative Me course is wonderful, Michelle introduces you into a way of thinking that allows you to support all students and those at times difficult students within your classroom. It’s an ethos and a way of being in the school not just a teaching strategy and the focus is to develop positive relationships between both staff and students as well as between students themselves. To be specific, I completed the eLearning Restorative me course. Which I found great! For anyone new to RP it introduces you to Restorative Practice and supports you in getting an understanding of RP itself and its values. What I found nice about it is that you don’t have to have done RP before to be able to access it. The course brings you along from beginner to more advanced training. Once you complete the course you have access to all the videos which is great and means you can go back over sessions to remind yourself of the training. I think it would work really well for new staff joining an RP school like mine as it’s a wonderful introduction and well as advancing skills like me. - Maria O'Hara (post primary)
RP & AEN
Meeting Needs, Removing Barriers and Offering Supports
I work in the Autism Unit and have some challenging behaviour situations that I'm now viewing in such a different way. I'm looking at where the relationships are at. I'm lucky in that the team of SNAs I work with are really committed and we'd all be on the same page and completely on board with the idea of using RP where we can. I've started talking about the giraffe to some of the children and I can see it makes so much sense to them. I can see that speaking to them using the Restorative Questions is allowing me see where they're really at. I'm not looking to change behaviour as a priority but build relationships and empathy among a group of young people for whom empathy doesn't always come naturally. Your many words of wisdom and just your open and honest communication about how hard it can all be has really helped me. So - thank you, thank you, thank you. After a busy first half term I'm feeling so inspired to keep going knowing that there'll be huge support when we start our Ubuntu group - I'm really looking forward it, Michelle McKeown (primary teacher)
I have been passionate about working restoratively with the students in my care for many years now. Recently I was given the opportunity to complete the course on Restorative Practice and Additional Educational Needs. I was absolutely delighted as I now had the chance to explore theory, research, and practice in restorative approaches when working with students with additional educational needs.
I loved the structure of the course, it is a self-paced certified course which offers 5 Lessons which explore meeting needs, removing barriers, and offering supports. As an SNA I found this course to be an excellent resource as it enables SNAs and teachers of students with AEN to support their students to access restorative practices and processes. I am really looking forward to modelling the ideas, skills and practices illustrated in the course in my school. This course has given me the confidence and knowledge to develop new, deeply inclusive ways of working restoratively that I feel will truly make a positive difference to the learning outcomes of the students in my care, the school environment and the wider community.
Caroline Murphy (SNA, post primary)
Option 2 (Team) & 3 (Whole School)
Compared at a Glance
2. Restorative Us Plus Package
a. Whole Staff CPD
b. Restorative Us Team
a. Whole Staff CPD - Navigating a Restorative Year in School & Beyond
(also available individually)
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b. Restorative Us Team
(also available individually)
3. Whole School Approach
Connect RP Site Licence
Growing Restorative School Communities
Connect RP Site Licence
Growing a Restorative School Community!
Connect RP will launch its Whole-School/Organisation Ubuntu Learning Platform in Aug 2020 - watch this space :-)!
What? Connect RP’s site licence aims to support a school/organisation in their capacity and commitment to growing a restorative school community.
Why? This is ideal for schools seeking to begin or advance their restorative journey, creating relational learning communities; nurturing relationships, communication and wellbeing at work and beyond!
Who? Connect RP’s Ubuntu Learning online platform offers the infrastructure to guide a whole-school/organisation approach through student curriculum programmes, teacher guidance, SNA learning units, parent and BOM introductions, SLT guidelines and resources/templates.
When? Connect RP’s yearly site licence is facilitated at a school/organisation-directed pace, with guided recommendations that require scheduled whole-staff/group sessions and the commitment of a coordinator, restorative champions and a self-paced implementation Ubuntu Team.
How? Ubuntu Learning is an online platform offering a compass to support understanding, reflection and guided practice through the use of videos, guided reflective practice and scaffolded implementation in line with quality frameworks such as LAOS supporting aspects of the SSE process and the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice. It will require a coordinator, a committed Ubuntu Team and the necessary time & resources to bring this to life.