The Importance of Pastoral Care in Schools

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The level of pastoral care within a school will affect the overall ethos and atmosphere amongst the students. Pastoral care essentially refers to the devotion the staff have to helping a child develop spiritually and emotionally, the sincere demonstration of concern for the growth and wellbeing of each student, as well as the wider school community. I have teamed up with an independent school in London to explore the importance of pastoral care in further detail.

Pastoral care and parenting share many similarities, as well as various differences. Of course, both roles involve keeping children safe and solving any problems that arise, such as bullying/friendship troubles or other issues that might cause distress. However, pastoral care involves caring for a whole school, not just a few children, which is what makes it so complex. With that said, there has to be numerous policies and procedures in place to ensure that a pastoral department is effective in achieving its aim. 

Successful pastoral care engages each and every child within a school; no child’s needs should be neglected. One of the primary pastoral carers at a school is the form teacher, as children see their form teacher at least once every single day. They act as a link between home life and school life and can keep a watchful eye on their form groups’ overall development. After all, if something is going wrong in one area of a child’s life, it is likely to affect the other areas. 

Eventually, the true mark of fantastic pastoral care is that students learn to instinctively care for themselves and for others in later life. They will leave school with an understanding of not only how to keep both themselves and others safe but also significance of making a helpful contribution to society and living their lives with solid moral values.

All schools will have unique methods with regards to policy and practice, especially in terms of supporting the development of its pupils’ personal and academic growth and establishing great, strong pastoral support within its community. Nevertheless, when a school concentrates on providing an atmosphere in which young people can feel safe and happy, children will prosper and will ultimately reach their full potential. If you are worried about your child’s academic progress or any other aspect of their school life, don’t be afraid to contact their teachers as soon as you can.

 

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