Tips for Leaders: 13. Pastoral Care Review 

Mar 26, 2024 | Blogs

Tips for Leaders: 13. Pastoral Care Review 

Mar 26, 2024 | Blogs

Pastoral care is an essential aspect of education that focuses on the holistic development of students, including their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. It is an approach that seeks to create a safe and supportive environment where students can learn, grow, and thrive. As such, pastoral care is becoming increasingly critical in educational settings as educators recognise the benefits it offers to students.(Adam Poland, 2023)

Pastoral care has many benefits, including: 

  • Improving progress and attainment, 
  • Reducing absenteeism, 
  • Fostering relationships between staff and students, 
  • Developing motivation and engagement, 
  • Recognising and celebrating diversity, 
  • Creating an inclusive environment, 
  • Fostering wellbeing, 
  • Enhancing social skills. 

As a leader how frequently do you review the pastoral care across school? Consider the following: 

  • How far is your curriculum offer matched to the needs, interests and aspirations of students and parents? 
  • How effective is your curriculum in promoting mental health and wellbeing? 
  • Is diversity recognised, celebrated, and taught? 
  • Is the curriculum aspirational for everyone? 
  • How supportive and positive are classroom environments? 
  • Does the climate of the school ensure students are motivated and engaged in learning? 
  • How well are relationships fostered? 
  • Have you identified patterns in behaviour in each classroom / shared space / break times? 
  • What are staff attitudes to students who face challenges? 
  • How flexible is your behaviour policy and procedures for students who have difficulties, such as ADHD, autism, trauma and attachment issues? 
  • How effective are the school and classroom routines for the vulnerable and challenging students? 
  • How effective is communication with families of vulnerable students or those who display challenging behaviour? 
  • What strategies do you employ to ensure parents are engaged? 
  • How well do the systems in school support early identification of needs? 
  • How effectively do pastoral leads communicate with, support and advise staff? 
  • Are pastoral leads confident and competent in solving conflicts between students, staff and parents? 

‘Pastoral care is not merely a complementary practice; it is policy and practices fully integrated throughout the teaching and learning and structural organisation of a school to effectively meet the personal, social (wellbeing) and academic needs of students and staff.’  (Cross and Lester, 2014) 

This blog was written by Bretta Townend-Jowitt, Education Consultant and Trainer. 

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