|As we approach the Christmas holiday and the new year, we can look back on what has been a busy year for NAPCE.In January we were partners with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), in organising a successful Pastoral Leaders Conference.
I was invited to represent NAPCE as a keynote speaker and we had the NAPCE display in a prominent position for the delegates to visit and find out more about NAPCE.
It was great to have the opportunity to meet NAPCE members who were attending the conference.
In May for the first time for many years NAPCE organised its own conference in Birmingham exploring the important issues around mental health and well-being.
The speakers included representatives from Ofsted, ASCL and MIND as well as Professor Stan Tucker the journal editor and Professor Dave Trotman, also from Newman university and a member of the NAPCE Editorial Board.
The feedback form delegates was very positive and the conference provided an important opportunity to explore some important issues about well-being and mental health.
In the summer NAPCE was pleased to be a partner in organising a pastoral care conference in partnership with UK Pastoral Chat.
The conference in Coventry had the title ‘Pastoral Care That Makes A Difference’ and it was an excellent opportunity for people with an interest in the pastoral work of schools to meet to share ideas and good practice.
NAPCE was very well represented amongst the speakers with Matt Silver, Jakub Malkowski, Paula Spencer from the National Executive Committee contributing with presentations.
These events are examples of how NAPCE is playing a more active role in the world of education and raising awareness of the importance of pastoral care and support in schools to enable young people to reach their full potential.
This is only possible because of the ideas and work of the National Executive who volunteer their time and expertise to support the work of NAPCE.
The reputation of NAPCE’s academic journal ‘Pastoral Care In Education’ continues to grow with the support of our publishers Taylor and Francis and the hard work of the editorial Board. NAPCE contributed to the consultation about the new OFSTED framework and we are pleased to see the increased focus on personal development and well-being.
The start of a new year is an opportunity to look ahead and NAPCE has some exciting plans for 2020.
On Wednesday 22ndJanuary NAPCE will once again be attending the ASCL annual conference for pastoral leaders.
We have been involved in the planning of the conference and it will explore important current issues for pastoral leaders.
The 2020 conference takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham and NAPCE will have a display at the conference.
Further details about the conference and how to book places are available on the NAPCE website https://www.napce.org.uk and the ASCL website https://ascl.org.uk
Breaking news for this newsletter is that NAPCE will be organising a conference in 2020 in Birmingham on Tuesday 5th May.
The title of the Conference is ‘Does Every Child Still Matter? Pastoral Care for the Next Decade’.
Every Child Matters was a document published by the government in 2003 with their plans for the reform of childcare.
The issues that it raised are still relevant to professionals working with children and young people today. This is evidenced by the number of requests for downloads from the journal for articles written several years ago about the ‘every child matters’ agenda.
The Conference will explore, with the help of speakers from different backgrounds. how the needs of children and young people can be met with effective pastoral care and support in the new decade.
One confirmed speaker is Nigel Murray OBE a gold medal winning Paralympic athlete who will share his experiences about how to achieve your goals.
The 2019 NAPCE conference sold out several weeks before the event so NAPCE members and professionals with an interest or role in pastoral care and support are encouraged to book your places early.
Once again, the conference takes place at The Studio, conference centre, in Canon Street in Birmingham. More information and ticket details can be found by following the link https://napce2020.eventbrite.co.uk/ to the Eventbrite site.
Follow NAPCE on twitter @NAPCE1 for more details about confirmed speakers and updated information about the conference programme.
NAPCE is very excited to be working with UK PASTORAL CHAT to launch the first National Awards for Pastoral Care.
NAPCE is presenting an award and prize of £100.00 for each winning school in 7 categories. The Awards are being sponsored by important educational organisations and a panel of respected educationalists will be judging the entries.
You can find out more about the Awards by following NAPCE on Twitter.
The closing date is March 2nd and we hope that all members and as many schools as possible will make nominations to recognise and celebrate the important work that is being done in pastoral care.
I am also pleased to announce that NAPCE is working once again in partnership with UK Pastoral Chat to plan a conference in the summer. This will take place on Saturday 27th June 2020 and further details about this event will be announced soon.
Finally, I would like to thank all NAPCE members who have contributed to the work of the Association this year and to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Please contact NAPCE base at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any ideas for future activities or would like to be more involved in the work of NAPCE.
I look forward to meeting you at NAPCE events in 2020.
National Chair, NAPCE