Conference for Pastoral Leaders 2020

Supporting the personal development and academic progress of young people in schools

Delivered in association with the National Association of Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE) and UK Pastoral Chat, our Conference for Pastoral Leaders 2020 is more important than ever.

The ASCL Conference for Pastoral Leaders is a well-established event in the educational calendar, and brings professionals with pastoral roles and responsibilities in primary, secondary and post-16 education together to network and share good practice.

Delegates will explore the latest developments and critical issues facing pastoral leadership, and have opportunities to reflect on and develop their own practice. 

Key topics
•    Preventing exclusions 
•    Championing difference
•    Building mentally healthy schools
•    The Ofsted 2019 Education Inspection Framework 
•    The ethical challenge posed by off-rolling 
•    Noticing and responding to vulnerability

Through a combination of plenary sessions and workshops, delegates will explore and contribute to a vision for pastoral care that responds to current dilemmas and opportunities, meets the diverse needs of learners, supports academic achievement, and develops holistic skills and values.

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Tanya Douglas

Deputy Headteacher, Chace Community School, Enfield

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Geoff Barton

ASCL General Secretary

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Stephen Rollett

Curriculum and Inspection Specialist

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Pat Sowa

Director, Starfish

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Kiran Gill

Founder, The Difference

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Dr Julie Greer

Headteacher, Cherbourg Primary School, Hampshire

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Margaret Mulholland

SEND and Inclusion Specialist

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08.45     Registration and refreshments
09.30     Welcome and introductions
Tanya Douglas, Deputy Headteacher, Chace Community School, London
09.35     Keynote 1
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary
09.55     Keynote 2
Stephen Rollett, ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist
10.30     People, Practice, Policy: How leaders can make The Difference with the most vulnerable young people
Kiran Gill, Founder, The Difference
11.10     Refreshment break
11.30     Roundtable discussions
12.00     All Beings Well: Five Cs towards mentally healthy schools
Pat Sowa, Former Headteacher and young people's mental health advocate
13.00     Lunch
14.00     Workshop Session One
1. The DREAM: A proactive approach to delivering pastoral support in 2020
Phil Jones, National Chair, National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE)

This workshop explores how pastoral leaders can plan and implement pastoral support that meets the different needs of learners. Phil will share perceptions from staff and students, collected from visits to schools. He will explain how this research was developed into the ‘DREAM approach to pastoral support’. Delegates will examine how the DREAM model can be delivered in schools to encourage the personal development of all learners and enable them to reach their full potential.

Participants will gain an understanding about how effective pastoral support develops and sustains a positive culture for learning, and a stimulating learning environment which promotes wellbeing and encourages achievement.

2. Trauma-Informed Practice
Dr Julie Greer, Head, Cherbourg Primary School, Southampton

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as highly stressful events or situations that occur during childhood and/ or adolescence. It can be a single event or incident, or prolonged threats to a child or young person’s safety, security or bodily integrity. These experiences require significant social, emotional, neurobiological, psychological and behavioural adaptations to survive.

This workshop will consider what pieces of the jigsaw need to be in place for a school to be trauma informed and responsive to the needs of the whole school community. Through conversation and practical tasks, the workshop will share good practice, raise awareness and consider steps to develop practice with multiple stakeholders in a variety of settings. 

3. The Role of a School in Safeguarding Digital Wellbeing 
Maria O’Neill, UK Pastoral Chat

In this session we will address issues relating to pastoral care and wellbeing, especially digital wellbeing - something that has been at the forefront for some time and has attracted the attention of policy makers, charities, education professionals and social media experts. During the session participants will learn how to navigate their way through contradicting advice and controversial headlines, as well as how to effectively integrate research in their pastoral practices. They will leave equipped with practical strategies and knowledge that they can further adapt if needed and use in their own context. 

4. Championing Diversity
Tanya Douglas, Deputy Headteacher, Chace Community School, Enfield

This session will consider key issues relating to diversity in schools and colleges, such as representation and discrimination.  Delegates will have the opportunity to share experiences and good practice in their own schools and will leave the session with a toolkit of strategies and details of organisations to ensure that their school is a champion of diversity for all groups.
15.00     Workshop Session Two
Repeat of Session One
16.00     Close

ASCL Professional Development reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances dictate.
In association with UK Pastoral Chat and the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education.

£250+VAT for 1 delegate 
£200+VAT per person for 2 or more

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