Independent Schools & Pastoral Care Excellence | Lighthouse Professional Development

Independent Schools & Pastoral Care Excellence

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Independent Schools & Pastoral Care Excellence 

Outstanding pastoral care has always been the keystone of an excellent education. During the time when curriculum changes were the sole driver of education reform, some schools drifted into seeing good pastoral care as an add-on to academic excellence. Looking after the wellbeing of all pupils is, rather than an add-on, a key building block. Independent schools usually provide sensitive and practical pastoral care - this is in contrast with their outdated image as sometimes only being focused on academic success. This course aims to review the needs of staff in the independent sector – focusing in particular on the 13+ age range. It raises issues for consideration, reviews pastoral support systems and helps schools with an important check list in the drive for both academic achievement and great pastoral care.

The course invites participants to:

• Review the main challenges to pupil wellbeing

• Explore how emotional health can be fostered

• Identify success factors in building the home-school relationship

• Consider how self-esteem can be built-up in young people

Who should attend?

Both House and Teaching Staff including Tutors, House Parents, Matrons, Year Heads, Pastoral Deputies etc.


9:30 Arrival, registration and coffee 13:00 Restaurant Lunch
Defining and Working toward Pupil Wellbeing
• Frameworks for defining “Wellbeing”
• Wellbeing Stages - a pupil’s time at school
• A Pastoral Checklist
14:00 Healthy Self-Esteem
  • The cycle of self-esteem, how to build it or break it
  •  Using external support in school – counselling/listening
11:15 Coffee 15:00

The School-Home Relationship

• Positive and negative parental experiences

• Building the home-school network of pastoral care

  • Challenges to Wellbeing


    • Bullying – Understanding the issues, especially in relation to gender and “orientation”

    • New technologies: cyber-bullying, the invited and uninvited sending and receipt of photos to mobiles etc. and how they relate to Safeguarding

    • Addressing eating disorders and self-harm


1545 Evaluation & Depart


Stephen is an experienced teacher and head of PSHE, now an independent consultant. He has over 35 years' experience in the education and health sectors, working with schools to help them develop good PSHE and great pastoral programmesThis takes him across the UK and he frequently works internationally, often with British schools in Europe and SE Asia.

Suitable for: 
Preparatory/Primary, Senior/Secondary, Special Schools, Post 16/FE Colleges
Scheduled Events, In-school Training

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