Pastoral care is an integral part of a school’s support system. Schools usually have a pastoral care system in place to ensure the physical and emotional welfare of each child. Responsibility for pastoral care is shared between the school staff and pupils and should filter into every aspect of school life including the school’s set of values.
An effective pastoral care programme should aim to develop and sustain a caring and happy learning environment, which promotes respect and co-operation within the school community.
For a better understanding of why pastoral care is so important in schools, an independent school in Buckinghamshire have highlighted more of the benefits below…
Many schools have their own Pastoral Care Manager who is in charge of monitoring and supporting children’s emotional and behavioural needs, as well as assisting with learning difficulties. In addition, pastoral care is included in lessons. For example, in PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) children learn about bullying, mental health, relationships and online safety.
Health & Safety
From illnesses to injuries at school, pastoral care covers the procedures put in place to deal with health and safety. School immunisation programmes also fall under a pastoral care duty. Furthermore, a Pastoral Care Manager is responsible for communicating with parents and carers to ensure that all children are protected from neglect and abuse.
School security also sits under the umbrella of pastoral care. This is usually assigned to a caretaker to oversee. They will check the school boundaries are secure and that all fire alarms are working correctly. School security also ensures that everyone visiting the school is signed in and closely monitored.
At boarding school, pastoral care is shared by the boarding staff. They need to be on-hand to provide additional support for children staying away from their parents. These children may need additional help with daily chores or making travel arrangements.
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