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23 January 2019 | Hilton Birmingham Metropole

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

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

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Programme (provisional)


Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introductions


Keynote 1
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


Workshop session two


Closing remarks

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