With academy trusts growing in size, and in the aftermath of a global pandemic, pastoral care has never been more important. The number of pupils in schools in England reached 9 million in the 2021-2022 academic year, an increase of 88,000 from the previous . Pastoral care compliments the safeguarding practices of the organisation. There is therefore a need within an ever-expanding education system to have clear and simple reporting systems. Having an accessible way to make concerns known and alert the right members of staff, whilst protecting the privacy of the individual, is crucial. Without this, a piece of the jigsaw may be missed and pastoral concerns may suffer from not getting timely attention .
Where pastoral care truly flourishes however is where it is given the opportunity to underpin and support best practice for teaching and learning. Good pastoral care ensures that all pupils can learn and gain life changing exam results to open doors for their next steps. The relationship between pastoral care and academic achievement should be harmonious .
BlueSky is pleased to launch a new module ‘Understanding pastoral care – responsibilities and strategies for school staff’ written by Amy May Forrester, Director of Behaviour and author of The Complete Guide to Pastoral Leadership. This module explores the very foundations of what pastoral care is, from examining the national changes that have taken place, through to what this means for all school staff in schools today. It then introduces key evidence bases that all those involved in pastoral care should be aware of; combining these with practical strategies that can be implemented to enhance provision for students. Watch the Taster and get started today.
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