Special Needs

A city-wide vision

When one primary school decided to pull itself out of special measures, no-one realised that the impact would be felt throughout the local authority. Estelle MacDonald tells the story of how one school inspired a movement to adopt restorative practice.

In 2004 I took on a school in crisis – a primary school in an area of high deprivation in the city centre of Hull that was in special measures. There were high needs; relationships had broken down on all levels; and the governing body had been replaced.

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