Career progression within pastoral roles
CPD around pastoral roles is often neglected, both for teaching and non-teaching staff.
- Any career progression routes should be open and transparent.
- Job shadowing or job swaps allow for insight into potential career development.
Developing expertise in pastoral care
All staff within a school have a pastoral element to their role, but this is often neglected in terms of CPD. Here are some points to consider.
- Those in pastoral roles should have the opportunity to collaborate and share practice, just as in teaching and learning development.
- Lesson Study and collaborative development can also be used to address a pastoral need.
- There are a large number of providers and courses in this area, ensure you ask for evidence and don’t just use as a ‘one off’.
A resource from Tom Bennett and UNISON on improving behaviour:
Good ideas for behaviour CPD:
- Brainstorming common behaviour issues
- Scripting common issues, watching senior teachers model and then asking others to critique. Consider adding common responses (both verbal and physical) and giving possible responses for each.
- Consider working with an education psychology specialist to explore the thinking behind different behaviours.
- Use video cameras to capture footage from classes with low-level issues and use these as discussion points with lead practitioners.
- Lead practitioners modelling in lessons and following up with discussions, scripting and practice.