We want to extend a huge thank you from everyone at the RJ Working team to all the many people who helped to make yesterday’s Celebration of Restorative Practice in Cornwall Schools such a success, especially the schools who brought children to participate.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal spoke with a strong understanding of the issues to an audience of well over four hundred people and personally talked with over fifty people in small groups towards the end of the event.
CEO Deborah Mitchell said ‘It was an absolute pleasure to meet Princess Anne, and to witness her very genuine interest and commitment to this aspect of education. Her visit has been a catalyst for these developments in schools to be more widely and known and understood. People of all ages and backgrounds came as guests to the event and shared in her encouragement. The RJ Working team is delighted to be exchanging learning with a range of schools and to be supporting restorative developments in Cornwall’.
We are VERY excited about this weeks visit from HRH The Princess Royal which will be hosted at Truro Cathedral. The purpose of the visit is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the development of restorative approaches to behaviour and relationships in Cornwall’s schools.
About thirty of Cornwall’s schools will be represented, both secondary and primary.
Also senior staff from Cornwall College and Truro and Penwith and the two Universities at Penryn Campus, Falmouth University and Exeter University.That’s because Restorative Practice is relevant for everyone’s education!
Exhibition display stands are going up at Truro Cathedral showing the work of different schools and yesterday we had a fantastic rehearsal from students of Redruth School and Mounts Bay Academy who will be contributing to the event.
RJ Working had the benefit of support from Cornwall’s School for Social Entrepreneurs as a start-up enterprise with a social purpose, back in 2012. Co-founder Deborah Mitchell says ‘the SSE in Cornwall is a very supportive and knowledgeable community. Being among inspirational colleagues is a great way to learn’. Through the ‘Start-Up’ Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which works in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Deborah became a Fellow of the SSE in 2014.
This year she is back with them for more learning among a different group, taking part in the ‘Trade-Up’ Programme. Deborah feels very fortunate to be working again with the same Lloyds Bank mentor who she got to know in 2014: Rachel Thomson, who has strong West Cornwall knowledge and business expertise. Lloyds also has a Relationship Manager for Education in the South West, because of their ability to contribute to the changing position of schools as developing businesses in their communities.
About the approaching Royal Visit Sally Heard, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall, said: ‘We are thrilled to see RJ Working CIC being recognised in this way, as well as its founder Deborah. We are proud to be supporting Deborah this year because she is a shining example of a social entrepreneur – someone who has new ideas about how to tackle important social issues. Social enterprise creates employment and social change across Cornwall, and indeed the country, and it’s very encouraging that this is gaining royal recognition in the region.’