GOOD PRACTICE: Outstanding Pastoral Care Practice from NAPCE Awards “Pastoral Leader of the Year” Finalists
The National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education organised by NAPCE were a opportunity to recognise the brilliant work that has been done in pastoral care.
It is a great opportunity to shine a light on the amazing efforts to support learners and the good practice that is taking place in schools across the UK and internationally.
NAPCE is proud to be able to highlight the excellent work that is being done in pastoral care in education through the 2021 awards.
This month it is the turn of the pastoral heroes who despite the challenges of the pandemic, through their work made a great contribution to the education and lives of children and young people in their care.
The Pastoral Leader of the Year award is sponsored by the publishers of NAPCE’s academic journal ‘Pastoral Care in Education’, Taylor and Francis.
This award goes to the person who 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.
The winner in 2021 was Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Head, at St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London.
Luke has been responsible for developing outstanding safeguarding and pastoral practice at St Benedict’s School and has introduced a range of initiatives that have promoted the safety and wellbeing of pupils.
This has included successful campaigns to tackle bullying, peer-on-peer abuse and mental health issues where Luke has made use of accurate data to identify, predict and effectively target problems.
Luke is also the Chair of a Safeguarding Advisory Panel that provides expert advice and is regularly invited to speak at safeguarding events and conferences.
His contribution to the development of effective safeguarding and pastoral practice has been truly outstanding.
The finalists for this award in 2021 were.
Miss Laura Fisher, Limavady High School, Limavady, Northern Ireland.
Laura travelled to San Francisco to explore LGBTQ+ inclusion and has since given training to the pastoral team, pastoral leaders across the ALC and the school’s Board of Governors, with plans now in place to support these vulnerable learners in school.
During lockdown, she organised mental health presentations and has been in the school building every day to support parents and pupils.
She has completed Place2Be Mental Health training, neglect and suicide awareness training and led an ACES TeachMeet. She is member of Action Mental Health focus group, is the ALC representative for the Pastoral Steering group and is currently leading whole school Take5 status.
Helen Burton (Deputy Headteacher) Belmont Community School, Belmont Durham.
Helen was nominated for an unwavering commitment to the welfare of all children, particularly the disadvantaged.
She is passionate about improving the life chances of children through education and pastoral care.
She uses her moral purpose and relentless drive to secure the best for children and in doing so inspires others to go the extra mile.
This is best exemplified through the many acts of kindness she is responsible for, including mentoring and tutoring the most challenging children; personally organising and delivering food, reading books and work to vulnerable families during lockdown.
She is a leader who genuinely walks the talk, never asking anyone to do something she hasn’t already done herself.
Micki Handford, The Children’s Hospital School, Leicester.
Micki leads a team who support children missing school due to mental health problems.
She introduced the Thrive programme to better identify wellbeing priorities for each child and then develop a bespoke package.
During lockdown she made weekly wellbeing calls, home visits and met a particularly anxious child at the Sure Start centre to help complete GCSE assessments.
She arranged Zoom meetings for parents on topics such as finance, housing, CAMHS and supporting study, recording sessions for those unable to attend on a You Tube channel.
She liaises with family support, health, social services and is a safeguarding lead.
Alison Simpson, Cobden Primary School, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Alison has formed, organised and lead a new team of professionals to provide outstanding nurture and therapy sessions and wellbeing initiatives, in a highly deprived primary school with an extremely vulnerable group of pupils.
Alison has tirelessly driven for improvements in the lives of children at school and at home and has developed feedback and pupil voice systems to ensure that children can be heard and that their needs are being met.
Over 25% of her cohort have now received quality provision around wellbeing and pastoral needs in 2020 – 2021 where in the previous year there was none.
The nominations for the 2022 National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education are now open.
To make a nomination in any of the categories please follow the link