Moving to Pastoral Leadership | Lighthouse Professional Development

Moving to Pastoral Leadership

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Many teachers find the role of form tutor both rewarding and satisfying. Those who wish to progress on the pastoral career route will find that this course allows them a chance to reflect on the more challenging pastoral situations that can arise. It also reviews the management and organisational skills needed to lead a Year Team of tutors.

Aims of the course are to:

  • Build on good practice and existing skills as a tutor.
  • Consider how best to tackle challenging and confidential situations.
  • Help improve confident communication with parents.
  • Identify how best to work with outside agencies.
  • Review the skills needed to manage a pastoral year team.

Who should attend?
Secondary level staff aspiring, or who have recently made the move to, a Head of Year (or similar) role.


9:30Arrival, registration and coffee13:00Restaurant Lunch
10:00Form Tutoring
  • Revisiting good practice
  • Self assessment
  • What makes a good form tutor?
  • What makes a good Head of Year?
14:00Meeting parents / Case conferencing
  • Improving contact with parents
  • Linking home/school/other support
11:15Coffee14:45Managing a Year Team
  • Responsibilities
  • Planning and delivering a programme
11:45Handling challenging or sensitive situations
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Scenarios – how would you respond?
15:30Evaluation and close of course


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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