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What do we mean when we talk about pastoral care?
If we provide pastoral care then we are effectively providing ways in which a pupil's well-being improves. Most obviously this can be through the tutorial system or the house system. Both should provide a child with a sense that someone is interested in their lives, sharing their successes and guiding them through their obstacles. Teachers are also pastoralists in supporting progress and identifying ways in which a pupil can advance by achieving academic confidence. Less well known, however, is that every member of staff is a pastoralist and should recognise, praise or raise awareness of each pupil's progression.
If we understand all the things that can contribute to well-being, the pastoral care is apparent in the chaplaincy, the dining hall/café (food), the sports centre and sports programme (activity), arts and drama (expression), Pioneering (contribution), outdoor adventure (challenge), peer mentoring/stripe system (support), medical centre (health), extra-curricular provision (explore) and charities (outreach).
What do you do in your role as Head of Pastoral?
Which aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?
Are there any new pastoral care initiatives that you are currently working on?
We also have a number of initiatives to raise awareness of factors that impact on our sense of well-being. The next scheme for the spring term is called 'The Big Sleep' and pupils will be engaged in analysing ways in which they can improve their sleep.