A 2020 Vision for Pastoral Care in Schools: Conference for Pastoral Leaders

08:45 - 16:00, 23 January 2019 Birmingham

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Delivered in association with the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE) and UK Pastoral Chat, ASCL’s Conference for Pastoral Leaders returns in 2019.

Suitable for colleagues with pastoral roles and responsibilities in primary, secondary, and post-16 education, delegates will hear about the latest developments and issues in this field, as well as opportunities to reflect and develop their own practice.

Through a combination of plenary and workshop sessions, this year’s conference will focus on the challenges pastoral teams face in a time of change in British society. Delegates will explore a vision for pastoral care that is relevant to schools in the 21st century, meeting the diverse needs of learners in schools, supporting them in achieving their full potential and preparing them for their future. 

The conference will also explore the evolving role of pastoral leaders, with a particular focus on:

  • the impact of a positive learning culture on raising achievement 

  • identifying, understanding, and responding to the challenges pastoral leaders are likely to face in the future

  • developing pastoral structures and systems relevant in modern schools 

  • how effective pastoral care can encourage young people to think for themselves and fully understand their roles and responsibilities in modern society 



ASCLPD and sponsors

Provisional programme


Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introductions


So What Does 'Pastoral Care' Actually Mean in the 21st Century?
Geoff Barton, ASCL General Secretary


Managing the Emotional Challenge of Allegations
Phil Jones, National Chair, National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE)


Attachment: Meeting mental health needs
Tony Clifford, Chair, Attachment Research Community




The Girl’s Network – Achieving Unlimited Futures
Charly Young, CEO and Co-Founder, The Girls' Network


When the Adults Change, Everything Changes
Paul Dix, Director, Pivotal Education




Workshop session one

Working together with parents to safeguard young people's digital well-being
Maria O’Neill, UK Pastoral Chat
There has been recently a lot of interest in the area of pupil well-being; many politicians, policy makers, teachers, well-being consultants, psychologists, and charities have been taking part in the debate. United Children’s Fund report on child well-being in rich countries (UNICEF; 2007) ranked UK 16th out of 29 developed countries. Although the report also showed a strong improvement in rankings: UK has moved from bottom place (21st out of 21 countries) in 2000/1to a mid-table position, in reality there are still many issues, especially relating to the digital well-being of our young people.

Many of our young people are surrounded by technology from the minute they wake up until they go to bed. In her book 'Digital Parenting' Parmar (2016) claims that our children "are able to switch between devices, applications and social media throughout the day, without even realising what they are doing. For many of them, digital life is just life." Research conducted by Statistic Brain shows the extent of our Social Media usage: 1,325,000,000 people were using YouTube; 300 hours of content were being uploaded per minute; 4,950,000,000 videos were viewed per day; and over 10,000 videos had been seen over a billion times. In this session we will look at how we could work together with parents to safeguard young people's digital well-being in this fast-paced world.

Developing a whole school approach to emotional health and mental wellbeing
Janet Goodliffe, Education Consultant
There is an overwhelming wealth of information out there about how to support your students’ mental health. This workshop will help you to find what you need and how to develop a whole school approach. The new Ofsted framework for 2019 will include information about schools’ commitment to this. You will have practical strategies you can take back to your school and implement straightaway.

Student Voice to drive school improvement
Gloria Elliott, Assistant Head, Dunraven School (facilitated by Edukit)
This engaging session will provide delegates with practical strategies that they can use to encourage their students to participate fully within school communities and explore ways that the student voice can be used as a tool to take care of student wellbeing. The session will help to challenge your thinking and encourage you to reflect on your own practice and that of others with whom you work.

The session will be led by Gloria Elliott, an Assistant Head at Dunraven School, a diverse, mixed all through school in Lambeth. Ms Elliott is an advocate of using evidence as well as experience to drive new school initiatives and has formulated her approach to student wellbeing based on research that demonstrates that schools with a strong sense of community have a significant impact on both student motivation and academic outcomes.

Stonewall: Train the Trainer
Holly Green, Education Programmes Manager, Stonewall
Stonewall offer Train the Trainer courses for primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. Our CPD-accredited courses equip teachers with the skills and tools to support young LGBT people. At this taster workshop, you’ll be able to try out our acclaimed course on Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying And Language. Learn practical tools for preventing and tackling HBT bullying in your school or college. In 2017-2018, 99% of teachers who attended the full course recommended it to others.


Workshop session two (repeat of session one)


Closing remarks


£250 + VAT for one delegate
£200 + VAT perperson for two or more delegates

Hilton Birmingham Metropole, The NEC Birmingham, Pendigo Way, Birmingham B40 1PP