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Pastoral Support

Pastoral Support

Pastoral Support is a service that gives help and support to pupils as well as providing information, advice and guidance. We always work in close partnership with teachers, parents/carers and other specialist agencies.

The aims of the service

Our aim is to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any barriers to learning, which may be preventing our pupils from reaching their potential.

We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well, and by working alongside the teaching and support staff we aim to develop positive relationships with them and their families. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.

The Pastoral Support Team offers help and support in the following areas:

  • Behaviour support/management
  • Emotional help (including anger management and counselling)
  • Academic support (including intervention work, extended work experience specialised timetables and programmes)
  • Restorative Approaches
  • Peer mediation
  • Links to specialist external agencies when needed
  • Motivational groups

The Pastoral Team support pupils continuously to monitor their progress in all aspects of school life.

For any pupils causing concern, referrals for support and intervention can be made by the pastoral support team, classroom teachers, parents/carers, support staff and the students themselves through a self‐referral process.

Pastoral leaders aim to:

• Investigate/resolve behaviour issues

• Work as a member of the school's pastoral team, supporting pupils' welfare and safety, to identify and address barriers to learning, and to encourage academic progress

• Liaise with the Year Leader providing appropriate interventions for pupils with identified needs

• Establish/maintain close contact with parents/carers to address academic underperformance, attendance and behaviour  issues

• Communicate with professionals and outside agencies providing support for pupils and families

• Utilise a range of data identifying individuals and groups at risk of underachievement and, with the line manager devise strategies to address barriers

• Deliver programmes of support, including mentoring, to identified pupils and to evaluate the success of programmes delivered

• Provide feedback to pupils, teachers, parents and carers about progress, attainment, behaviour and attendance

• Investigate/Manage behavioural issues, recording, reporting to relevant staff and informing parents

• Supervise/Support the running of the school’s inclusion room

• Attend and contribute to re-integration meetings and other meetings with Key Stage Leader and parents / carers and outside agencies

• Maintain records of support, write comprehensive reports of programmes delivered and monitor progress

• Liaise regularly and frequently with head of Year and other key staff including the SENCO, Attendance Officer and Connexions

• Establish/Maintain regular contact with parents/carers, including attendance at Parents’ Evenings and carry out home visits

• Attend, contribute, and report back to relevant staff on meetings convened by Social Care

• Further develop a knowledge of the range of agencies, organisations and opportunities available to provide support for pupils

• Support effective transition of pupils across phases i.e. induction, options, post 16 advice

• Actively support school's policies on behaviour, uniform, punctuality, attendance and equality

•Attend year team meetings, SEN plan, Student Forum as required and make specific contributions

• Support KS4 and Year Leader with organisation of extra-curricular activities

• Assist in enforcement of sanctions in accordance with school policy and the management of detentions