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NAPCE News – April 2021

NAPCE News – April 2021

Making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care

VIDEO SPECIAL: “Adolescents in Lockdown: Victims or Villains” by NAPCE Officer Eileen Donnelly

Adolescents in Lockdown: Victims or Villains

Lockdown as a result of the current pandemic has been a challenge for most.

Experiences will differ but many express feelings of anxiety arising from isolation, loneliness, working arrangements, strained relationships and home schooling to name but a few.

However, Eileen Donnelly, an Educational Consultant in NI and a member of NAPCE would argue that it is our young people and more significantly female adolescents who may have lost out the most during this period. Others may differ with this view.

ARTICLE: NAPCE Chair Phil Jones Explores the Difference NAPCE has Made for Almost 40 years

Making a Difference for 40 Years – NAPCE Raises Awareness about the Importance of Pastoral Care in Education.


The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education, (NAPCE), raises awareness about the important contribution pastoral care makes to the learning experience of young people.

This article will explain how NAPCE was formed nearly 40 years ago and since then has been supporting research into pastoral care and good practice in schools, colleges, and universities, for the benefit of learners.

It will explore how NAPCE, as a charity, with the support of its members has made a positive contribution, to improving the educational experience of generations of learners, by encouraging developments and the effective delivery of pastoral care.

In the time since NAPCE was formed in 1982 there have been many changes in education and many challenges to face, including a global pandemic.

What has not changed is that young people need support and encouragement to achieve their full potential.

The aims of the Association in its Constitution are.

  1. To support all who have a professional concern for pastoral care whether general or specific.
  2. To promote the theoretical study of pastoral care in education.
  3. To disseminate good practice in pastoral care in education.
  4. To promote the education, training, and development of those engaged in pastoral care in education.
  5. To liaise with other organisations having similar objects.

The work and activities of the Association is organised by members elected to the National Executive Committee.

This delegates powers as required, to sub- committees, including the Editorial Board, which manages the publication of the Association’s, respected international academic journal, ‘Pastoral Care in Education’. This has been published four times each year since February 1983 and the current publishers are Taylor and Francis.

The Association will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2022.

In 1982 when the Association was first formed, I was in my first year of teaching.

I had studied for my degree and teaching qualification in the Midlands but when I qualified, teaching posts were hard to find. I applied to schools across the country.

When I had an invitation for an interview from a school in Romford, in Essex, I had to look it up on a map to find where it was, which is a little embarrassing as I went on to teach Geography!

I remember that I shocked many of my new colleagues, by asking to be a form tutor.

I was passionate about making a difference for the young people in my care, but they just thought I was naïve wanting extra work.

It might be hard for younger readers to imagine, but there was no internet at this time and the only way to keep up to date with the latest news and developments was to meet people ‘face to face’.

That is why I joined the Havering branch of NAPCE, as a founder member and along with other teachers and professionals, interested in pastoral care attended the regular meetings, to keep myself informed and aware of new ideas.

The first publication of ‘Pastoral Care in Education’, announced in February 1983 that, “The curse of those who have responsibility for pastoral care provision is that they have always ‘lived in interesting times’, and until last October, have done so without the support of a professional association to which they could turn for assistance, advice or the exchange of ideas and information. In October, long overdue but at last, the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education was born”.

A West Midlands Association for Pastoral Care had been formed on the initiative of Peter Lang and Michael Marland was invited to be the keynote speaker at its second conference.

The success of this conference encouraged ideas of a national association. Michael Marland was approached, and he enthusiastically took up the idea and became the Association ‘s first Chairperson.

The need for a national association for pastoral care had been seen, when over 300 delegates had attended the inaugural conference, in Dudley, in October 1982.

The membership of the Association quickly grew to nearly 1,000. The founder Chairperson was Michael Marland, and he spoke at the conference about the plight of many thousands of teachers who carry special responsibility for pastoral care, with little training and with very limited support given to the support of the development of pastoral care in schools by the local or national government or by many of the institutions, with responsibility for training teachers.

He argued, that as most teachers would have some pastoral responsibilities that they should have training and support to enable them to be effective in that role.

It can easily be argued that these words are as relevant today with schools and education often being focused on academic outcomes.

This demonstrates that there is a need for a national association to make the case for education, supporting the personal development of young people as well as achieving good examination results.

Michael Marland and the other founder members of NAPCE inspired educationalists to understand the huge impact schools and education can have on supporting young people to achieve their full potential from their education and to prepare them for their future roles in society.

Since those early days of the Association, it has been responsible for bringing together professionals who share an interest in pastoral care and the positive contribution it can make to a young person’s education.

Professionals would meet in local associations around the United Kingdom, at conferences and at training events. Meetings have taken place at different venues including, Warwick University, the Institute of Education and recently Kings College in London, until the pandemic forced NAPCE to join the world of virtual events.

One of my memories of a NAPCE event was as a young teacher, being the partner for Michael Marland in a training event for pastoral staff. I remember that he was as interested in my views and experiences as I was in learning from him. The Times reported, after Michael Marland’s death in 2008 that he was:
”A passionate believer in education being a major force for good and that regardless of race, belief, social background or attitude, education helps us to understand ourselves and each other. Education he said is not about systems and strategies and structures. His craft was the classroom, but his passion was people and unlocking their potential”.

The words and work of the founder members of NAPCE, such as Michael Marland, have inspired generations of educationalists, to become members of NAPCE and to share ideas and good practice about how young people can benefit from effective pastoral care.

The activities of NAPCE have changed over the years, in response to changes in education and the arrival of new technology and the internet.

The activities of NAPCE have included developing training resources, providing guidance on good practice, being asked to provide advice for government and other policy makers and organising conferences and opportunities for members to meet.

Evidence of how the work of NAPCE has evolved has been seen during the global pandemic, with the first ever online event, for the first National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education.

In July, the Association will be organising its first online conference, with the title, ‘Does Every Child Still Matter? A New Approach to Education’.

This will explore how education will change, following the experience of the global pandemic and the role that pastoral care has in supporting the development of education in the future.

NAPCE continues to develop partnerships, as its constitution encourages, with other organisations that share similar interest in supporting the education of young people.

In recent years NAPCE has developed a positive partnership with the Association of Schools and College Leaders (ASCL) and has for example contributed to the planning and delivery of their annual conference for Pastoral Leaders.

A positive partnership has been developed with BlueSky Education, who were one of the sponsors of the first National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education and will once again be sponsors in 2021.

It was a pleasure to be invited by BlueSky Education, to represent NAPCE by leading a webinar at the excellent ‘Festival of Learning’ in 2020 and to have recently contributed to the BlueSky Learning platform by developing a module on pastoral leadership.

There have been many changes in education since NAPCE was formed 40 years ago, but inspired by the founder members, it continues to look for opportunities to support the learning experience and future life chances of young people.

Phil Jones
National Chairperson
The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE)

Editorial, Pastoral Care in Education, Volume 1, Number 1, February 1983
Michael Marland Obituary, Times Newspaper, July 7th, 2008.
Michael Marland CBE, MA. A Tribute. Pastoral Care in Education, Volume 26, Number4, December 2008.

Contact for information about membership, The National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education, future events including the July 2021 Conference and to register for the free monthly newsletter.

AWARDS: One Month Left to Enter National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2021

There is just one month left to enter the second annual National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2021.

The Awards scheme is the first and only in the UK to recognise great practice of pastoral care providers in the education sector.

The closing date for all categories this year is Monday May 24th, 2021, and ALL schools are urged to submit their entries, which is a simple online process.

This year we’ve added a new category in International Contribution to Pastoral Care this year, a worthy addition to the seven existing classifications which proved so popular in 2020.

Just like last year, the finalists of the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education will be invited to attend the ceremony on Friday, September 24th, 2021 to share the experience with peers and find out who wins each Award.

Speaking about the Awards, Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE, said: “There is now just one month for schools and other educational establishments to make their nominations for the NAPCE awards and we urge them to take part.

“We think this year, maybe more than ever, it is so important to shine a spotlight on the pastoral heroes who have done so much to support our young people through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The nomination process is very quick to complete and we urge all schools, individuals and associated organisations to get involved, recognition for those who make a real difference is so important.” 

Criteria for Each Category
Pastoral School of the Year
A school that can demonstrate a commitment to pastoral care and support for learners that makes a real difference in the progress and personal development of young people in the school.

Pastoral Team of the Year
A team that works in pastoral care and can demonstrate a determination to support young people to achieve their full potential and a positive impact on the young people they work with.

Pastoral Member of Staff of the Year
A member of staff who works in pastoral care and who always makes the extra effort to support young people to enable them to become effective learners and achieve success.

Pastoral Leader of the Year
Has a passion for pastoral care that is shared with colleagues to inspire and motivate them to make a real difference in the lives of the young people they work with.

Pastoral Development of the Year
A pastoral initiative or idea that has achieved positive outcomes and has improved the learning experience and future life chances, for young people.

Raising Awareness about Pastoral Care
An individual, group or organisation who through their actions have raised awareness about pastoral care or pastoral issues and encouraged positive improvements for the benefit of young people.

Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care
A person, group or organisation that has made a real difference in pastoral care, for the benefit of young people.

International Contribution to Pastoral Care
An international school, organisation outside of the UK or an individual working in research or in an international school outside of the UK, that has promoted or delivered high quality pastoral care.
Any school or organisation can make a nomination for one or more of the categories. You do not need to be a member of NAPCE to make a nomination. Self-nominations are accepted.
Nominations are supported with information about how they meet the criteria for the category.

Nominations are for pastoral work during the 2020-21 academic year. The finalists and winners are selected by the judging panel of leading academics and practitioners in pastoral care and education. All finalists are invited to attend a presentation event when the winners are announced. 

There is a prize of one hundred pounds for the school, university, or organisation that the winners represent, in each category, to support their future work in pastoral care. There are prizes and plaques for winners and certificates for finalists. 
Nominations opened on Monday 18th January, 2021 and it is a good idea to make your nomination as soon as possible so you do not forget. 

Activity Date 2021
Nominations Open Monday 18th January
Nominations Close Monday 24th May
Judging Completed Friday 25th June
Finalists informed Monday 28th June
Tickets for Presentation Available Monday 5th July
Invitations to attend Presentation Event sent Monday 5th July
Presentation Event Friday 24th September

To make your nomination

You can enter the NAPCE Awards here

Nominations are encouraged for awards in different categories from schools and educational establishments and you DO NOT need to currently be a member of NAPCE to take part.

CONFERENCE: FREE tickets available now for NAPCE Conference 2021

Hurry! Last remaining tickets are available now for the NAPCE Conference 2021, which will be held online in July and is FREE to attend.

The Conference will take place over three days from July 7th to 9th and places will be limited to 100 people, to enable as many quality opportunities as possible for delegates to integrate and share ideas and good practice.

The theme for this year’s Conference is:-

Does Every Child Still Matter? A New Approach to Education

The Conference will explore current issues and challenges that professionals in pastoral roles are facing and will continue to face in the coming months.

The programme for the conference is as follows:-

Wednesday 7th July 

2-00pm Welcome to the Conference – Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE
2-10pm Presentation One – Combatting Online Sexual Harassment – Why we need RSE More Than Ever – Professor Kaitlyn Mendes, Leicester University
2-40pm Questions
2-45pm Presentation Two – Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being – The Thrive Approach. (Presenter to be confirmed)
3-15pm Questions
3-20pm Presentation Three – The Challenges of Managing Behaviour after Remote Learning – Connor Acton- NAPCE, National Executive Committee
3-50pm Questions
3-55pm Close – Phil Jones – Chair of NAPCE

Thursday 8th July

7-00pm to 8-00pm NAPCE QUESTION TIME – The Challenges and Opportunities for Education Following the Experience of the Global Pandemic.
Chaired by Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE
Confirmed members of the panel.
Professor Stan Tucker, Newman University, Birmingham. Editor of Pastoral Care in Education.
Margaret Mulholland ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist.
Other panel members to be confirmed soon.

Friday 9th July

10-00am Welcome – Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE
10-10am Presentation 4 -Building Positive Relationships for Learning – Helen Peter
10-40 Questions
10-45am Presentation 5  – Proactive Pastoral Care -Maria O Neil – Founder UK Pastoral Chat
11-15am Questions
11-20am Presentation 6 -Â Engaging Learners – Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE
11-50 am Questions.
11-55am Close – Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE

By registering for the Conference delegates will be sent links to join all three of the conference sessions.

For the more details and the latest information about the Conference please visit the NAPCE page on Eventbrite, via the link at the bottom of this article.

NAPCE members will have an exclusive period to book tickets for the event until the end of March.

Tickets will then be available during April for people registered for the circulation list for the NAPCE monthly newsletter.

Any remaining tickets will then be made available to the public.

NAPCE is also planning a conference for September 2022 as part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations at a venue to be announced.

Event link for information and tickets:

REPORT: NAPCE Annual General Meeting Chair/Secretary Report 2020/21


Following the NAPCE Annual General Meeting on March 27th, 2021, we are please to share with you the Chair/Secretary’s Report which was shared at the meeting. The Report lays out the activities and progress of the Association during the fiscal year 2020/21.

NAPCE Chair/Secretary Report 2020/21

The Association through the National Executive Committee (NEC) continues to maintain strong financial management and governance. The National Executive Committee at its meetings and through the work of its members ensures sound strategic planning and internal accountability for the activities of the Association. The strategic priorities for the NEC this year have been.

  1. Planning events and conferences, where appropriate in partnership with other organisations to ensure that NAPCE is active in the educational world.
  2. To expand the activities of the NAPCE to enable the Association to interact with an increasing number of people with an interest in pastoral care in education.
  3. To develop the role of NAPCE as a provider of training and professional development, to share theory and good practice in pastoral care.
  4. To continue to develop the structure and organisation of the Association to meet the current and future needs of its members.
  5. To raise the profile of NAPCE and the Journal in the educational world

This has not been a normal year because of the impact of the global pandemic. Like most organisations, the arrival of the pandemic has brought challenges for NAPCE and unfortunately a need to change some of our plans, which involved the cancellation of some events and activities.
The national executive quickly identified the strategic challenges that the restrictions caused by the pandemic would bring to the Association.

  1. To be financially secure.
  2. To continue to engage and interact with people with an interest in pastoral care in education.
  3. To sustain interest in the work of NAPCE, to maintain and increase membership.
  1. To support professionals with an interest in pastoral care and explore new ways to support professionals, to ensure that the Association continues to have positive role in a changing educational world.

The Association has adapted to the changing situation and been successful in responding to these challenges. The National Executive Committee and Editorial Board have developed new skills and ways of working, to support NAPCE in raising awareness about the importance of pastoral care in education.  The NEC continues to work closely with the Editorial Board to support their work in developing the journal and to maintain its excellent reputation. The Association has a positive relationship with the publishers of the journal, Taylor Francis. They continue to be an important partner in the future development of NAPCE and by providing a regular income to provide financial stability. The Association organised for the first time the ‘National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education’ and this initiative had a positive impact in raising awareness about NAPCE. Nominations came from different regions in the United Kingdom. Awards were presented to the winners selected by the judging panel, in seven different categories to recognise the achievements of people working in different areas of pastoral care in education. The sponsors of the awards included, The Times Educational Supplement, The Thrive Approach, Taylor, and Francis, ASCL and BlueSky Education. A presentation event was planned but this had to be adapted into an online event because of the pandemic restrictions. This event was attended by over 100 people, who joined the live link for the evening. A huge thank you Iain Johnson and Victoria Bownes for learning the new skills and doing the organisation to make the event such a success. Some of the comments that were made about the event include.

  • “Well done NAPCE for making so many pastoral heroes supported and recognised in our most challenging times.”
  • “It has been so uplifting to hear the stories and see so many dedicated professionals who make a huge difference in their field. Together we change lives and thank you and the NAPCE team for getting this together”.
  • “Well done everyone and thanks for organising such a great event.”

The nominations for the 2021 National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education are now open.

Following on from the success of the conference in 2019, NAPCE had plans for another conference in May 2020 to explore the question, ‘Does Every Child Still Matter’?  This was in response to the high number of requests for downloads from our ‘Journal Pastoral Care in Education’ for articles about the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda.

Unfortunately, the decision had to be made in March to postpone the conference because of the arrival of the pandemic and the future of live events is still uncertain. The plan is to organise an online conference in July with a slightly different title and approach to recognise the challenges that education is currently facing. This event, which will once again test the Association’s skills or organising online events but will be an important opportunity to maintain the contact with people who are interested in the work of NAPCE with the hope that we can return to face to face events in 2022.

Next year will be the 40th anniversary for NAPCE and we are working on some exciting plans to celebrate. These include publishing a book, a special edition of the journal and a Conference in September 2022 at a venue to be confirmed.

The Association continues to form partnerships with organisations with similar interest and values. The Association was once again actively involved in the planning and delivery of the Association of School and College Leaders, (ASCL) annual conference for Pastoral Leaders in January. This year it was an online event and NAPCE contributed with an online workshop led by Phil Jones. This was an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of NAPCE, with delegates mainly in leadership roles in primary and secondary schools, with pastoral responsibilities attending the conference, from all around the country.  Phil also contributed on behalf of NAPCE, to the Festival of Learning, an online event organised by BlueSky Education with a webinar about the pastoral impact of remote learning. NAPCE was invited for the first time to contribute to the planning of Safer Internet Day. This is an annual event involving schools and organisations form across the country.  As Chair of NAPCE, Phil attended the online event in February, that was streamed live from the top of the BT tower in London. It is good to see NAPCE taking an active role in educational events and activities.

A new initiative for NAPCE this year was ‘Laptops for Learners.’ Members were invited to nominate a learner, who would benefit from being funded for a laptop to help them with studying during the pandemic. As a Charity, it seems appropriate that we should be looking to help learners who are struggling through no fault of their own in these difficult times.

The National Executive have taken positive action to enable the Association to interact more effectively with other people who share an interest in education. The Association is pleased to continue working with Iain Johnson from Noise PR. Iain is managing our social media and supporting the Association with its publicity and marketing. Iain has made a huge contribution to raising awareness about the work of NAPCE and is making a real impact in helping us to achieve our aim of interacting with more people who share our interest in pastoral care. The impact of his support can be seen in increased followers on social media and people contacting NAPCE.  Iain produces a monthly newsletter for the Association, which has seen a growing number of people requesting a copy and an increase in the number of people opening and reading the newsletter each month. Members of the Executive Committee write articles for the Newsletter and there have also been contributions from other organisations. The newsletter enables the Association to keep members informed about current developments and events with a pastoral care focus. This increased interaction has seen more interest, for the first time in many years, in membership of the Association and there has been an increase in the number of members. This demonstrates that the work to increase awareness about the work of NAPCE is having an impact.

The Association continues to work with Taylor and Francis to develop the Association’s web site. The Association’s Twitter feed on the website provides the latest news and information and there are links to planned events and activities.  This ensures that the Association is providing its members with current news from the world of education and information to support them in their pastoral roles.

The increased contact with the Association through the website, social media and contact with Base has continued this year. There have been requests for advice and guidance on a wide range of pastoral issues that members of the National Executive have responded to. Many of the contacts have been about advice on good practice in pastoral care and guidance about the roles of pastoral leaders, pastoral staff, and designated safeguarding leads. NAPCE through its Twitter page provides support and inspiration for developing good practice in pastoral care.  One area explored on NAPCE’s Twitter page this year was the ’12 months for pastoral care’ which is an example of how NAPCE is stimulating discussion and ideas about good practice.

As the engagement with NAPCE and the interest in our activities continues to increase, the NEC has increased the capacity to provide administrative support. We are pleased to welcome Anne who will look after communications and Susana who will look after meetings and events to the NAPCE Administrative team.

Members of NEC this year have contributed their energy, skills, and expertise to the Association to enable it to continue to expand its activities for its members and raise its profile in the educational world despite the challenges that we have faced because of the pandemic.  The National Executive Committee welcomes suggestions about how to raise awareness, of the work of NAPCE, and any suggestions about how our members can contribute to discussions about future developments in policy and practice in Pastoral Care and participate in activities to raise awareness about important issues in this area of education.  Thank you to all members of the National Executive Committee, Editorial Board, Melissa O’Grady, NAPCE Financial Administrator, Anne Jones, Communication Administrator, Susana Cervera, Meetings and Events Administrator, Iain Johnson at Noise PR, Lyndsey Upex, at the Pastoral Care in Education Editorial Office and Abi Amey and her colleagues at Taylor and Francis, for your support, contributions, energy, and ideas this year.

Following the hard work over the last few years, NAPCE has now established the foundations to enable it to make a significant contribution to encouraging positive approaches to pastoral care in the future.

Phil Jones, Chair, NAPCE                                                                                   Jill Robson, Secretary, NAPCE

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