Kete Book Four - Restorative Practice Conferences

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From: [Name redacted by admin]

Dear Ministry of Education,

In accordance with the Official Information Act, a copy of Kete Book Four on Restorative Practice Conferences is requested.

Your website has included significant Ministry guidelines on the use of Restorative Practice in schools - http://pb4l.tki.org.nz/PB4L-Restorative-...

Kete Books One to Three have been provided, Kete Book Four has not. Restorative Practice is a powerful tool for managing student behaviour. It would be useful for the public to have access to all the guidelines you are providing to 'self-governing' schools, not just some of them.

This information is requested urgently. Previous requests to the PB4L email have not been responded to.

Yours faithfully,

[Name redacted by admin]

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whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake
kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui
tonu

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mutunga

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From: [Name redacted by admin]

Dear Enquiries National,

I acknowledge your request for an extension. Kete Book Four is clearly referenced on your website, and school staff are claiming to conduct 'Restorative Practice Conferences' with students, with no school policies in place and no Ministry of Education guidelines readily available.

I look forward to your prompt response.

Yours sincerely,

[Name redacted by admin]

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Please see attached your OIA Response 1128021

 

 

 

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We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū
whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou, me ētahi ake
kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mō te tukinga nui
tonu

Great results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai ā mātou whāinga
mutunga

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From: [Name redacted by admin]

Dear Enquiries National,

Thank you for the opportunity to view the Kete Book Four on Restorative Practice Conferencing.

I disagree that a public entity should withhold this information, when our children are potentially subjected to the process in a school environment. It is a public interest that school processes are transparent and fair, not arbitrary or 'secret', particularly when it is a process to address wrongdoing or harm with potentially our most vulnerable students.

I strongly urge you to reconsider withholding the document and look forward to your response before taking further steps.

Meanwhile, I will get in touch with the point of contact.

Yours sincerely,

[Name redacted by admin]

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Dear Enquiries National,

My view is that Ministry Guidelines on Restorative Practice Conferences should be publicly available, just like the other three RP Kete. Particularly when schools are running conferences arbitrarily without any internal policies or procedures in place. Having to view by arrangement at your local office is contrary to the principles of the OIA and state sector transparency.

A complaint has been made to the Ombudsman, requesting that this information is released publicly so it is accessible for all interested parties, including students, student advocates, board of trustee members and academic researchers.

Yours sincerely,

[Name redacted by admin]

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From: [Name redacted by admin]

Dear Enquiries National,

Thank you for your offer to view your Restorative Practice Conference Kete Book 4 guidelines in your office. While I will take you up on this offer at some point, the guidelines the Ministry is providing to schools should be publicly available, just like the other three Restorative Practice Kete are as are any other Ministry guidelines.

Multiple schools are claiming to use 'Restorative Practice' with students, without any of their own policies or procedures in place. The public has a right to know the Ministry's full RP guidance to schools.

The refusal to publicly release Restorative Practice Kete Book Four has been referred to the Ombudsman.

Yours sincerely,

[Name redacted by admin]

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The Ombudsman is now investigating. Schools are currently conducting restorative practice conferences, without any school policies or procedures in place. There is overwhelming public interest that the Ministry guidelines are available.

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