Pastoral Professional Learning
Pastoral care is an area of professional learning that all staff should consider. Whether it be your role as a tutor or developing empathy within your own classroom setting, strong relationships with young people where they feel that you are working with them and understand their needs are vital – for learning and to enable them to flourish.
There are a range of pastoral courses available internally, through Teaching Schools and using out own professional expertise. Gill Denne, our lead counsellor, runs a certificated counselling course every year for all staff during the Summer term. Every Saturday there is a Parental Masterclass which all staff may attend; these cover a huge variety of topics which are particularly beneficial if you are a tutor or a parent yourself. We also run 8 week mindfulness courses (.b foundations course) in the Michaelmas and Summer terms. This not only an excellent way for individual staff to learn more about mindfulness but also to use skills and strategies with young people. Specific training is also offered to certain groups of individuals, through the AHM and HM away days for example.
There is a huge variety of courses available to attend externally. The BSA courses are particularly relevant and the programme for each year can be found here: (http://www.boarding.org.uk/400/events). Each year we also have a two places available on the BSA Certificate of Professional Development (for those aspiring to be HMs) and on the Diploma Certificate (for those aspiring to senior leadership). Creative Education and Optimus Education also run excellent courses and conferences particularly on the topics of Anxiety & depression, eating disorders, self harm and safeguarding. If you have a particular interest in mental health, then the Mental Health First Aid course (http://mhfaengland.org/) is highly recommended.
For further information, please do speak to Delyth Lynch.