Assistant headteacher Helen Campbell said the Writing Wrongs programme had helped year nine students at the Eastern Avenue school prevent and deal with conflicts both inside and outside the school environment.

Developed by the Youth Offending Team’s education officer Andy Winters, pupils used the justice system’s restorative approaches in the school environment.

Restorative justice - which is increasingly being used by police to resolve lower-level crimes - aims to help both criminals and victims come to terms with the impact of an offence.

And after the initial 12 months there has been a 66 per cent drop in the number of internal exclusions, 99.8 per cent of students were confident enough to use restorative approaches during conflicts in school and 85.5 per cent would use the skills outside the school environment.

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