The resources listed are those regularly used by schools implementing and embedding Restorative Practices.  They are rated highly by teachers and restorative consultants worldwide.  They, can be purchased online at,, or

We recognize that classroom circles have gained popularity and there are a plethora of circle resources available.  In consideration of the fact that schools generally work within tight budgets, we have compiled a list of  ‘go to’ resources.


The Grab and Go Circle Time Kit for Teaching Restorative Behaviour by Bill Hansberry and Jane Langley

The Yellow Book of Games and Energizers by Jayaraja and Erwin Tielemans

Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing by Sue Roffey

Working in Circles in Primary and Secondary Classrooms by Margaret Armstrong and David Vinegrad

The Heart Masters (Junior, Middle and Senior) by Andrew Fuller, Glenda Johnston and Bob Bellhouse

Circle Time for the Very Young by Margaret Collins

Six Years of Circle Time By Sian Burt & Graham Davies, et al.

Six More Years of Circle Time By Sian Burt & Graham Davies, et al.

Circle Time and Learning about Feelings by Bob Bellhouse and Glenda Johnston

Circle Time and Learning about Stories by Bob Bellhouse and Glenda Johnston


The Heart Masters (Resilience, Communication, coping) Cards (Inyahead)

E-motion Cards (suitable for 5-11 years) (E-Motion)

The Bears Cards (Innovative Resources)

Strength Cards for Kids (Innovative Resources)

I Can Monsters (Innovative Resources)

Can Do Dinosaurs (Innovative Resources)

Koala Company (Innovative Resources)

Stones…Have Feelings Too! (Innovative Resources)

Cars R’ Us Kit (Innovative Resources)

Deep Speak (Innovative Resources)

Picture this (Innovative Resources)

Strength In Teams (Innovative Resources)

There is an almost overwhelming choice of books and manuals about Restorative Practices (Justice).  Resources assist Schools in the implementation as well as the practical application of Restorative Justice (Practice) in classrooms and playgrounds.  This can be a daunting task given the extensive choice on offer.  Below is a list of practitioner critiqued resources we can recommend.

Restorative Practices in Classrooms: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad

This resource manual is especially suited to classroom teachers.  It is very explicit in how to prepare and conduct restorative chats and problem solving circles.

Restorative Practices in Schools: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad

This resource manual is great for leadership/administration as it looks at the bigger picture around implementation.

Restorative Practice and Special Needs by Nick Burnett and Margaret Thorsborne

This book is practically one of a kind in the restorative world and is a must purchase for all schools.  The book explains a number of special needs in an easy to understand way.  The authors kindly provide flow charts outlining challenges students with each special need might face during restorative processes and then gives examples of how to combat those challenges.  This material is well researched and has been shown to be successful for students with special needs.

A Practical Introduction to Restorative Practice in Schools: theory, skills and guidance by Bill Hansberry

This book is a comprehensive guide for schools implementing restorative approaches.  Bill examines the continuum of approaches and provides realistic case studies to explore how and when the continuum is applied.  A must purchase for schools.

The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice Edited by C.Kelly, Jr. and Margaret Thorsborne

If you are wanting to know more about WHY restorative practices work from a theoretical perspective and really add some depth to your knowledge in this area then this book is for you.  The work of Silvan Tompkins and those following in his footsteps on Affect Script Psychology (ASP) is a must read for all restorative practitioners and schools leaders alike.

Punished by Rewards:  the trouble with gold stars, incentive plans, A’s, praise, and other bribes by Alfie Kohn

In this groundbreaking book, Alfie presents a compelling case against the use of punishment and rewards based on years of empirical evidence.  Furthermore, he suggests what schools (and parents) can do instead!

Restorative Practices and Bullying: Rethinking Behaviour Management by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad

Working Restoratively in Schools by Bill Hansberry

Restoring Safe School Communities:  a whole school response to bullying, violence and alienation by Brenda Morrison

Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools:  A Guide to Using Restorative Practice by Richard Hendry

Restorative Justice Pocketbook by Margaret Thorsborne and David Vinegrad

Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice by Belinda Hopkins

Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr

Australian Links

Centre for Restorative Justice (SA)

The Centre for Restorative Justice, Australian National University is the world leader in experimental and theoretical research on the design and cost-effectiveness of restorative responses to crime

Australian Institute of Criminology

The Victorian Association for Restorative Justice (VARJ) represents restorative practitioners, thinkers and policy makers in Victoria. The aim of the Association is to promote and support best practice in all forms of restorative practice

International Links

Restorative Practices International (RPI) is a not-for-profit, independent, professional member association that supports the development of restorative practice in schools, prisons, workplaces, organizations, families and communities

The Centre for Restorative Justice, (Simon Fraser University, British Columbia) in partnership with individuals, the community, justice agencies and the University, exists to support and promote the principles and practices of restorative justice

International Institute for Restorative Justice, a Graduate School (Bethlehem Pennsylvania)

Restorative Justice Aotearoa is the primary professional association for restorative practices agencies and professionals in New Zealand

The New Zealand Restorative Justice Trust

Chris Straker, Director of  strakerRPsolutions and Board Member of RPI