Hi, The school I am working at have recently started getting staff to have restorative conversations with students with a mediator in a room during the school day for serious issues such as truancy, defiance, verbal abuse etc. While I am all for restorative talks with students, the school will only let us have these 'mediated talks' during the school day, which means our free periods. So far, I have lost four free periods since the start of the term due to having restorative talks. These have not worked, as the students have continued their behaviour in lessons and the relationship has not improved, one student came into my lesson and did the exact same behaviour and I have been booked in for another restorative talk. Last year, I would remove students from the detention/Isolation room and have a restorative talk and that would be done. I would give one chance for a restorative then give up if the behaviour continued. However, I am finding it very frustrating as I only have three free periods a week, and one of these can be taken up for cover work if needed. If we do not have these restorative talks, we are recorded on it, pulled up by SLT/Inclusion and reprimanded for 'not following the school way'. Is the school allowed to direct us during our PPA time for restorative talks?