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Pastoral Leadership: Effective Pastoral Care and Support for Learners

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The role of pastoral leadership in developing and sustaining a positive culture and ethos for learning.
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About this module:

This module explores the role of pastoral leaders, in developing and sustaining a positive culture and ethos for learning. This includes providing a safe and positive learning environment and supporting all learners, with different needs, to achieve their full potential. Leaders must make decisions, informed by available research and evidence, about appropriate pastoral structures and systems for their school. To be effective the care and support provided needs to be planned to ensure that the school systems and structures can respond to different challenges and demands that are made on them. With clarity about the aims of the pastoral care and support available resources can be deployed to support the personal development and academic achievement of all learners.

You’ll be invited to reflect on your own school policies, structures and practices and identify the next steps in developing highly effective pastoral care and support in your context.

Session One: What does effective pastoral care and support for learners look like? will explore:

  • What pastoral care is and why pastoral leadership is important.
  • The organisation of pastoral structures and systems.
  • Outcomes from effective pastoral care and support.
  • Effective pastoral roles.

Session Two: How to build effective pastoral structures and systems will explore:

  • Evaluating and demonstrating the impact of pastoral care and support.
  • The key ingredients for effective pastoral care and support.
  • Planning for effective pastoral care and support.
What you will learn:
  • What pastoral care and support is and why pastoral leadership is important in schools.
  • How to use the National Guidance for Pastoral Support to consider what is needed for support to be effective.
  • How pastoral leaders develop pastoral structures and systems and the outcomes we want to achieve.
  • How to deploy available resources to support the personal development and academic achievement of learners.
  • How to build effective pastoral teams and provide the training and support they need.