Sets out how pastoral care fits in as a crucial aspect of the function and purpose of schooling – and shares practical insights on how schools can get it right.
Within the current culture of interest in developing research-informed approaches to teaching, the focus has inevitably been focused around pedagogy. However, with the well-documented increase in pupil anxiety and mental ill-health in recent times, there is also a pressing need for schools and teachers to embrace a more rigorous approach to pastoral care.
In this urgently needed book, teacher and Head of Year Stephen Lane (aka Sputnik Steve) presents a case for developing a research-informed, academic approach to the pastoral aspect of teaching – and considers how schools might go about it.
Beyond Wiping Noses is the result of Steve’s own explorations of pastoral practice in order to develop a more informed response to the challenges he has faced during his 20 years in education. Steve expertly surveys the field of pastoral provision and leadership, details the variety of pastoral roles typically found in schools, and shares practical takeaways around how schools can build an integrated and rigorous approach to taking care of their pupils.
Suitable for teachers, school leaders and anyone with a pastoral role in any school setting.