- #UKEdChat session 558
- With a higher percentage of cases happening in school the need for supporting beyond just the academic may be more important than ever.
- Much of the pastoral care in schools is reactionary
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Ensuring that pupils’ well-being is properly catered for in the best of times is difficult in the busy school day. But with the combination of remote learning, and now mostly in person, but at arms-length and disrupted learning, the pastoral side of schools has been understandably sub-optimal as teachers have been in emergency mode over the past 18 months.
However, with the pandemic seemingly (hopefully) entering a new phase, in the UK at least, schools need to re-establish pastoral care to pre-pandemic levels if they have not already done so. With a higher percentage of cases happening in school (source: BMJ) the need for supporting beyond just the academic may be more important than ever.
Much of the pastoral care in schools is reactionary in that there is an acute and specific need that requires action and support to correct. So far, so linear. But as the title of her book suggests, Maria O’Neill writes in Proactive Pastoral Care: Nurturing happy, healthy and successful learners that preventing problems and issues before they occur is not only more effective but easier for teachers to do over the long term.
In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 24th June 2021 at 8pm(UK) and the After Hours Webinar at 9pm we were joined by Maria O’Neill to discuss how to be proactive in pastoral care, how schools can support the community, how diversity and inclusion are central to pastoral care and what pastoral leadership looks like.
- How do we prepare for the new academic year?
- How do we establish how our communities been affected by Covid?
- What pastoral training will staff need?
- What will you be covering as part of your pastoral curriculum?
- Diversity and Inclusion have become buzz words; how do we lead on inclusion?
- How can we support staff wellbeing?
- How do we identify who the vulnerable pupils are?
- How can we raise the profile of pastoral leadership?