Every now and again two worlds collide in the happiest of ways. This book is such a phenomenon. By melding theory, research and practice in restorative approaches to addressing special needs, Burnett and Thorsborne have effectively provided a tour de force: a rigorous but compelling read that will make a positive difference in learning outcomes for students and those who engage with them. I especially liked the grounded and sequential approach supported by relevant sources and vignettes. A first rate book in a complex area.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough without resorting to clichés. We have needed this book for many years and it answers so many of the questions I have heard asked, and yet not felt confident or experienced enough in this field myself to answer. It really IS a book every school and local education authority must have, not tucked away on a shelf but open, and well thumbed, on everyone's desk. It really MUST be required reading for every educator, support teacher and psychologist working with young people who have special needs and their caregivers. This book is set to become the 'Bible' in this field. Thank you and well done Marg, Nick and the inspirational folk who contributed their helpful case studies.
Restorative Practice in education settings has become an important way of addressing a range of social challenges presented by students. This is especially so in Special Needs Education, where it has become acknowledged as an intervention of choice for an increasing number and range of students. This is therefore a timely book. It gives professionals at all levels and others supporting them a necessary insight into this approach, offering practical ways in which restorative approaches can result in better teaching, better learning and more socially inclusive schools.
This is an important book at an important point in the development of Restorative Practices. With its commitment to restorative ideas of accountability, responsibility and healing, it will help all those working with children with special needs to develop new, deeply inclusive ways of working that bring benefit to children and teachers.
When students with special needs get in trouble in school, they are often punished for behavior they can barely control. In this highly readable, incisive book from two pioneers of Restorative Justice, Burnett and Thorsborne craft a tailored response that offers these students both accountability and much-needed support.