Welcome to Acorn Academy Cornwall, pupils receive support with their education from us for a variety of reasons, we are here to help every pupil achieve their full potential, we will work with you to ensure that your child achieves as well as they can. We are committed to working together for better outcomes for all our pupils. Please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not find the information you are looking for, or for further information about services and events for parents/carers, young people and children, please visit the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Family Information Service Directory
Information for Parents:
PREVENT is part of the of the governments counter-terrorism strategy to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Its three key objectives are;
Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support and
work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalization which we need to address.
All schools are required by law to teach a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Acorn Academy can help to protect children from extremist and violent views in the same ways that it helps to safeguard children from drugs, alcohol and other issues.
Acorn Academy’s main purpose is to protect children from harm and to ensure that they are taught in a way that is consistent with the law and the country’s values.
Keeping children safe, some advice from NSPCC here;
Restorative Justice at Acorn Academy Cornwall
Restorative justice gives the harmed the chance to meet or communicate with their harmer to explain the real impact of the crime or incident – it empowers the harmed by giving them a voice. It also holds the harmer to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends.
Restorative justice is about the harmed and the harmer communicating within a controlled environment to talk about the harm that has been caused and finding a way to repair that harm. For harmers, the experience can be incredibly challenging as it confronts them with the personal impact of their crime or action. For harmed, meeting the person who has harmed them can be a huge step in moving forward and recovering from the crime or incident.
The harmer must accept responsibility for their action. The 3R’s;
Restorative Practice in schools:
Restorative practices are used in schools proactively to build relationships, promote discipline and prevent harm and conflict occurring. Ofsted inspections have recognised the value of adopting this approach in schools:
“Pupils value the restorative practices that help them understand right and wrong, and encourage them to take responsibility for their actions.” Ofsted report Upton Primary School, Bexley (2010)
Why Restorative Justice
Restorative justice is not an absolute answer for removing all ills, resolving all conflict or repairing all harm.
It is not a naive alternative to punitive sanctions or an idealistic response to offending.
It is not an easy option for the person who caused the harm.
Primarily, it provides those who have been harmed with a forum to “have their say and be heard”, which is vital to the healing process.
Secondly, it presents the person who has harmed with an onus of responsibility for their actions, an opportunity to make some form of retributive acknowledgement.
Lastly, it can form the basis of some kind of reintegration of the person who has harmed, back into his/her community that might possibly prevent further offending.
At Acorn Academy Cornwall
Staff across all the academies are being trained to deliver restorative justice practises in a one to one conversations and in group conferencing to enable us to use RJ as part of a toolkit to help pupils understand the consequences of their actions.
RJ can be used for the following in school:
- Friendship issues/arguments
- Bullying -physical/verbal/cyber
- Physical assaults/incidents
- Re-integration meetings following exclusions
- Inappropriate behaviour of a student towards a member of staff.
- Theft/criminal damage
- Conflict within the wider school community.