Providing pastoral support

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This case study is written by Amy Forrester, a secondary school teacher and a Director of Pastoral Care. As you read this case study, reflect on the perspectives shared about pastoral care and the role of form tutor. Consider how the approaches might be relevant to your own development as an early career teacher. The term ‘pastoral care’ first appeared to enter the language of teaching in 1974 in a book written by headteacher Michael Marland. Originally, the phrase was used in Christian communities to describe shepherds and their sheep. It is easy to see how this phrase describes what we now see as a vital part of the job of a teacher, most often seen as you take up the role of form tutor. Marland defined the phrase as meaning ‘looking after the total welfare of the pupil’ and this definition still rings true today. Best (2014) offered an addition to this description by focussing on the idea that ‘effective pastoral care can augment academic outcomes’. The educational land

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    Debra Acres

    This page is very helpful to know what is expected of a form tutor and the stronger relationship you can have with your form.


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