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NAPCE News – December 2020

NAPCE News – December 2020

Making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care

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FEATURE ARTICLE: “Are Schools the Production Lines of the 21st Century?” – NAPCE Chair Phil Jones Looks at Making Young People the Priority for the Education System in the Future.

Are schools the production lines of the 21st century? Making the needs of young people the priority for the education system of the future.

As we approach the end of 2020 there is no doubt that this has been a difficult and challenging year for everybody working in education.

The positive response is to want some good to come out of a negative experience.

The hope is that this will inspire educationalists, to look for ways to improve young people’s learning experience in the future.

The unexpected challenges presented by the pandemic have exposed some of the realities about how our educational system works.

It is inevitable that this will encourage educationalists and everybody with an interest in education to question the priorities and purpose of our educational system.

This was illustrated by how the pandemic, impacted on the examination process in the summer of 2020 and questioned the relevance of the current education system in the country.

The purpose of the current education system, it can be argued, is to be a production line turning out workers for a capitalist economy.

Schools have accepted a role, similar to factories after the industrial revolution, where they produce the compliant and conforming members of society who can be employed in roles to generate wealth.

This system is sustained by national leaders, enforcing this view of the purpose of education being about raising standards, with the strategies of inspection, league tables and parental choice.

Thinking about the purpose of education in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century encourages educationalists to question if this view of an education system is meeting the real needs of modern society.

It is relevant to reflect on whether the workforce of the future will require compliant employees, or will it be more appropriate to develop qualities such as creativity, problem solving, and the ability to work with other people and share ideas, as being more important in the modern workplace.

Martin Illingworth in his recently published book, “Forget School”, argues that jobs in the future will be automated except for jobs that require creativity, emotional intelligence, or physical dexterity.

He calls for a curriculum that meets the needs of society and gives learners the best chance of participating (Illingworth 2020).

If this is true, then the implications for our schools is that the priority is not to enable learners to achieve standards and pass examinations.

It suggests that the role of the school in supporting the personal development of young people will become more important. Schools will have a role in developing the skills and attitudes that can then be demonstrated in the selection process for a job.

The task for schools will be to ensure a young person’s learning experience is relevant for making them employable in the modern world.

Schools will need to give more priority and invest time and resources in developing young people, that can make a positive contribution to society and to the economy.

There is a need for a collaborative approach to learning so young people can engage in collaborative problem solving (Illingworth 2020).

In the world of the 21st century, what you know becomes less important than the personal qualities that an individual can contribute. Google can find information at the press of a button.

This has implications for the design and implementation of relevant systems for the pastoral care and support of young people in schools in the future.

These pastoral systems of the future have a more important role than simply ensuring that young people in schools are compliant and conforming to meet the rules and expectations, to enable the school to achieve good examinational results.

Pastoral systems in schools have a role in developing personal qualities and skills, that can enable young people to sell themselves in the employment marketplace. “To be articulate these days is to be proficient online” (Illingworth 2020).

Pastoral systems and support provided for learners needs to make a real difference in developing the skills and attitudes that young people will need to be effective in the workplace and to make a positive contribution to society in the 21st century.

Schools and, in particular staff, working in pastoral roles need to be empowered to put the needs of young people at the heart of the learning process.

Providing time for pastoral work enables schools to invest valuable resources in supporting the learning experience of young people.

This needs to be deployed in a planned way, to ensure that these resources are being used to develop the personal qualities of the young people and prepare them for the workforce of the future and not on the production line of passing examinations.

“Remembering facts and passing examinations is not that useful anymore. Employers and clients are more interested in evidence of their online proficiency than in their examination results”. (Illingworth 2020).

Some of the possible responses to these challenges presented to schools, do not fit neatly into the curriculum boxes of subjects.

But pastoral systems have a more important role in meeting the more diverse needs of young people in preparing them for the demands of the modern world.

“Schools should be the perfect place to help children learn to collaborate”. (Illingworth 2020)

The pastoral systems of the future can provide schools with opportunities for young people to experience working collaboratively.

The challenge is not to focus on encouraging compliant and passive attitudes, because this approach supports the raising standards agenda.

The goal for pastoral systems in the modern school should be to encourage conformity but young people who challenge, question and clearly communicate their own views and opinions.

Pastoral care should be a dynamic process in schools, that encourages learners to develop the resilience, adaptability, and confidence to challenge ideas, that will enable them to be successful in the modern world and live fulfilled lives.

This focus on personal development in our education system is important for engaging young people in the learning process and to prepare a workforce for the country, that will be relevant for a modern society and economy.

As always these are my own thoughts but NAPCE would welcome your views and ideas.

Please follow NAPCE on Twitter (@NAPCE1.) Sharing our ideas means that we will emerge from the pandemic in a stronger position to focus our energy and expertise in making a difference in the future lives of young people.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish all our members and supporters on NAPCE, a Happy Christmas and to give my best wishes and hopes for a better year in education in 2021.

Phil Jones
National Chair
The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education


Illingworth, M. 2020. Forget School. Why young people are succeeding on their own terms and what schools can do to avoid being left behind, Carmarthen, Independent Thinking Press.

EVENT: A Report on the Very Latest Events Involving the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education

During the Pandemic NAPCE has continued to connect with pastoral care professionals, associations and supportive businesses who have a significant interest in pastoral care in schools.

Of course, many of the events that would have been in-person are now taking place online and, in fact, new events have been organised because of the communication potential of the internet.

We are very pleased to share a fresh update on the events which NAPCE has been, or will be, involved with recently.

The Festival of Learning 2020

The Festival of Learning is an online event organised by Blue Sky Education to support new members of the profession.

Leading educationalists shared their expertise in webinars form 17th November until 8th December. The topics included. Building your Resourcefulness, Mindfulness Tools, Effective Assessment, Using Outlook, How to Build Motivation for Learning, Parents as Partners, and desk Yoga.

More information about the programme for the festival can be found on the BlueSky Education website. (Festival of Learning · BlueSky Learning)

One of the educationalists invited to present a webinar was our National Chair, Phil Jones. Phil presented a webinar with the title ‘Pastoral Care and Remote Learning’ and over 150 professionals form different parts of the country and around the world signed up to participate in this live event.

The webinar explored the pastoral demands that schools face during remote learning and what lessons can be learnt from the experience for improving future delivery of pastoral care and support for young people.

More information about the webinar presented by Phil Jones is available by following the link

Safer Internet Day 

NAPCE is pleased to be invited for the first time to be involved in the planning of Safer Internet Day which takes place on Tuesday 9th February 2021.

Phil Jones our National Chair has been attending meetings to contribute to the planning of the 2021 event. 170 countries around the world participate in safer Internet days to promote the safe use of the internet by young people.

The aim for the UK event is to inspire a national conversation about using technology respectfully, critically, and creatively, reaching more young people than ever before.

The 2021 Safer Internet Day will be a virtual event and will include a live streamed presentation hosted by BT from the BT studios. Attendance is by invitation only.

It will include information about the latest research and contributions from government and industry leaders and films from schools.  The focus for the 2021 campaign is on an ‘internet that we trust’.

Resources are available online by visiting the website at

The resources include packs for schools with ideas for assemblies and lessons with presentation slides.

Safer Internet Films are available for different age groups and for parents.

More details are available by following the link below.

Organisations can register as a supporter organisation as NAPCE has done and share your plans for how you will be supporting Safer internet day 2021

The social media links for the event are

Hashtag for the 2021 campaign is #AnInternetWeTrust

NAPCE is proud to be supporting the 2021 event, which is probably more important than ever because of the impact of the pandemic and the increasing amount of time young people are spending online. This is clearly an issue, that will be important for everybody with an interest in pastoral care and the well being of young people, and we hope you will give your support for the campaign to help make the internet a safe place in the future.

Association of School and College Leaders Annual Conference for Pastoral Leaders

NAPCE has for the last few years been a partner with ASCL in the planning and organisation of the annual conference for pastoral leaders. This year the conference will be a virtual event and will take place over several days in January 2021. Details about the conference can be found on the ASCL website by following this link,

The Twitter hashtag for the conference is – #asclcare and @ASCL_UK. Confirmed speakers include Geoff Barton ASCL General Secretary and Margaret Mulholland the SEND and inclusion specialist for ASCL.

In a year that has brought extraordinary challenges for everyone the conference will provide the latest thinking and ideas about how pastoral leaders can respond. NAPCE Chair, Phil Jones will be presenting a workshop in partnership with Maria O Neil from UK Pastoral Chat looking at the impact of remote learning on pastoral care policy and practice.

This workshop is planned to take place on Monday January 25th between 11-30 and 12-30. Please visit the ASCL website for information about how to book a place for the conference.

The National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2021 organised by NAPCE

Following the huge success of the 2020 Awards despite the challenges presented by the pandemic NAPCE is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2021 National Awards for pastoral Care in Education organised by NAPCE will open soon.

After the additional challenges from the pandemic for professionals working in pastoral care this year it is more important than ever that the work and achievements of these people are recognised.

We hope that you will be involved by taking the time to nominate people who deserved to be recognised for the difference they make in the learning experience and future life chances of young people.

The categories for 2021 will be,

  • Pastoral School of the Year
  • Pastoral Team of the Year
  • Pastoral Member of Staff of the Year
  • Pastoral Leader of the Year
  • Pastoral Development of the Year
  • Raising Awareness about Pastoral Care
  • Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care
  • International Contribution to Pastoral Care

Please follow NAPCE on Twitter at NAPCE@NAPCE one for the latest news about the 2021 Awards and information about when the Awards will be launched and how to nominate.

Thank you to sponsors who have already confirmed that they would like to support one of the awards in 2021.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2021 Awards, please contact NAPCE at

EVENT UPDATE: The latest on the ASCL Online Conference for Pastoral Leaders in January


Conference for Pastoral Leaders 2021 with ASCL

NAPCE is very proud to be partnering again with the Association of School & College Leaders for a new online Conference in January 2021 and we are delighted to provide an update on the content of the event.

The ASCL Conference For Pastoral Leaders 2021 – entitled “Reaching Out” – will take place on the internet across three days and will address the key issue of breaking barriers for disadvantaged learners.

Speakers at the event – on January 19th, 25th and 26th – include ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton, CEO of Bite Back 2030 James Toop and the Alliance Director of Bite Back 2030 Melanie Renowden.

Also taking to the virtual podium at the event will be Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Head of Contextual Safeguarding Programme at the University of Bedfordshire and Gavin Oattes, Managing Director and Owner of Tree of Knowledge.

Additionally, NAPCE Chair, Phil Jones will be presenting a workshop in partnership with Maria O’ Neill from UK Pastoral Chat looking at the impact of remote learning on pastoral care policy and practice.

This workshop is planned to take place on January 25th between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

About the Event

In a year that has brought extraordinary challenges for everyone, the support for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people continues to grow in complexity.With a great deal of uncertainty about what the months ahead may hold, the number of students facing barriers which impact their learning and development will grow.

Suitable for leaders across all phases, our 2021 Conference for Pastoral Leaders will focus on a range of issues, including wellbeing, safeguarding, the disadvantage gap, RSHE plus pastoral care and remote provision.

How it works

This conference will be delivered completely online through keynotes and interactive workshops. All sessions will be available to watch live or later via recordings.

Keynotes will take place on Tuesday 19 January from 10am – 12noon

There will be five workshops delivered across Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January.

Webinar Requirements 

To attend this webinar live, you will need to ensure  you have access to a computer or device that meets the system requirements available here.

If you cannot attend live you will receive a copy of the recording, links to any resources discussed, and the opportunity to submit questions.


£125 +VAT per delegate
£250 +VAT for a school licence

Multi-academy trusts and other institutions with multiple sites should email for a quote.

To book tickets click this link

GOOD PRACTICE: The Latest Instalment in our New Series Focusing on Success Stories in Pastoral Care from NAPCE Award Contestants


Welcome to the latest in a series of “Good Practice” reports from finalists and winners of the NAPCE Awards 2020.

Every month we share examples of some of the greatest work within pastoral care in the UK education sector, following the first NAPCE Awards.

In this latest edition, we are featuring The Grove School in Tottenham, London, a school for young people aged 5-19 who have a primary diagnosis of autism.

The Grove School was the winner of the prestigious Pastoral School of the Year award at the NAPCE Awards 2020.

The following information was submitted to NAPCE by the school and we are very keen to share it with you.

The Grove School caters for children and young people 5–19 who have a primary diagnosis of autism, some pupils have additional needs.

Our vision to ‘Inspire Excellence – Champion Potential and Empower Learning’ is simple and founded on a desire to make a difference.

We aim to enable every pupil to flourish by encouraging and building on unique strengths and interests, supporting individuals to develop and deploy strategies to manage and cope with challenges, enabling them to reach their full potential.

We recognise that everyone is different, therefore the individual is always our starting point.

The school employs a full time Pastoral Lead who works as part of the Senior Leadership Team to champion individual wellbeing.

The Pastoral Lead has developed programmes which focus on pupil’s wellbeing and mental health focussing on student voice.

Both the Pastoral Lead and Headteacher champion mental health and positive wellbeing across the school.

In addition to academic achievement, the focus is on social, emotional and personal development. Developed by ensuring every pupil has opportunities to strengthen independence and living skills; key to building their confidence and self-esteem.

Our pupils have access to a team of skilled teachers, therapists, and professionals who work together to ensure each pupil has a learning programme tailored to their specific needs; led by our Deputy Headteacher.

Families are able to engage within their community, attend workshops and have access to a bespoke package of one-to-one family support which can and does include work within the home.

Support and advice is offered to ensure families feel confident and informed about their child’s needs and future prospects.

Central to this partnership is our commitment to working alongside families to support the progress and well-being of all pupils. We strive to develop the very best outcomes for everyone at The Grove. 

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