The Importance of Pastoral Care in Schools

Pastoral care is provided by schools to support the physical and emotional welfare of each student. Responsibility for pastoral care is usually shared between school staff and teachers.

An effective pastoral care programme ensures the success and personal development of all children, so they will flourish academically and socially. It should also encourage pupils to value their classmates and respect the views of others.

To get a better understanding of why pastoral care is so important, an independent school in Lincoln have highlighted some of the benefits below…

Wellbeing

Pastoral care is often included in lessons. For example, children are taught about bullying, mental health and sex education, as well as road safety and online safety. 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.

Safety

From playground injuries to falling ill at school, pastoral care covers the procedures put in place to deal with all accidents and illnesses. If your child’s school offers immunisation programmes, this would also fall under a pastoral care duty. A Pastoral Care Manager is also responsible for liaising with parents and carers to ensure that children are protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

Security

Ensuring the premises are safe and secure also falls under a school’s pastoral system. This is usually assigned to a caretaker to oversee, who 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.

Residential boarding

At boarding school, the pastoral care is supervised by the boarding staff. They need to be on-hand to provide additional support for children staying away from parents. These children may need additional help with certain household duties, transport or making arrangements for cultural and religious celebrations.

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