On behalf of the Education Sub-Group of the Restorative Practice Forum (NI), we would like to invite you to participate in an online Webinar Reconnecting school communities through restorative practice with guest speaker Michelle Stowe. We will also be joined by Education Welfare Officers Alan Douglas and Roisin Doran along with Principal and Vice Principal Jackie Bartley & Cathy Austin.
Michelle Stowe, Connect RP
“Values & implementation in schools; Values light the way”
Michelle is an educator at heart, and now works as a restorative practitioner, trainer, researcher and consultant. In her role as the director of Connect RP, she mainly supports schools in growing a restorative culture that puts people and relationships at the heart of a learning community.
She taught English and Spanish at second level for 16 years and is currently lecturing trainee teachers on the Professional Masters in Education (PME) programme in Maynooth University. She facilitates continuing professional development courses for teachers in Education Centres throughout the country. She supports schools in co-creating a relational school community through partnerships, mentoring and her online UBUNTU Learning Platform – check out www.connectrp.ie to find out more.
Guest speakers and topics
Alain Douglas and Roisin Doran, Education Welfare Officers, Education Authority
“The new Anti-Bullying Legislation and how restorative practice fits in with it effectively.”
Alain Douglas is a Senior Education Welfare Officer in the Education Authority in Northern Ireland. Alain has been a social worker for 14 years, is a practice teacher for social work students and has worked as a Probation Officer as well as an Education Welfare Officer. Alain completed a PG Cert in Restorative Practices at Ulster University in 2014 and has aimed to implement RP in his practice within the Education Welfare Service. Alain is passionate about seeing RP used in the education sector and is currently working with Roisín Doran and Martina Jordan to establish RP in the Education Authority.
Roisín Doran is a Senior Education Welfare Officer working within the Education Authority. Roisin has been a social worker for 11 years and achieved a postgraduate diploma in Professional Development in Social Work in 2020. Roisín is also a qualified practice teacher for social work students. Roisín frequently provides an advocacy and solution-focused approach to relationship-based problems in schools. Alain and Roisín are promoting RP across EA disciplines to develop a restorative culture and enable RP to be carried out within school settings. The introduction of antibullying legislation provides a statutory duty on schools to take steps to address bullying. This is an opportune time to introduce an RP framework which can provide specific practice to build relationships and stronger school communities.
Jackie Bartley & Cathy Austin, Principal & Assistant Vice Principal, St. Genevieve’s High School
“Leading a process of change to embed a restorative culture.”
Jackie Bartley is Principal of St Genevieve’s High School, Belfast, an all ability non selective school for girls. Previously Principal of St Pius X College Magherafelt and Vice Principal of St Cecilia’s College, Derry. She is current Chair of the Post Primary Principals group for the NAHT and sits on a number of working groups for Dept Ed:- Restart Steering Programme, Dept Ed Workload Impact on School Leaders group and the Engage Programme steering group. She has also been a council member of CCEA. Jackie sees Restorative Approaches being embedded into all practice in the school moving forward, to create connections and to further strengthen all relationships within the school and with the local community.
Cathy Austin has been teaching in St Genevieve’s High School for 21 years and in that time has been Head of Careers and Head of IT. She is now Assistant Vice Principal with responsibility for Staff Development. St Genevieve’s has a strong ethos where staff are highly motivated and committed to each child reaching their full potential.
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