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NAPCE News – February 2020

NAPCE News – February 2020
Making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care

Pastoral care in schools across the UK and further afield is proven to be critically linked to the academic and personal-social development of young people. NAPCE continues to support education providers in the process of pastoral care implementation and development. It is here that we share important news of our latest activities, events and best practice guidance. 

FEATURE ARTICLE: NAPCE Officer & teacher Victoria Bownes explores how sport & physical fitness can support young peoples’ mental health

With mental health issues in young people soaring, we look at how sport and physical fitness can keep mental health issues in check by providing focus, fitness, and opportunities to socialise.

The benefits of boosting your self-esteem through Sport & Physical Activity 

As we enter a new decade with great enthusiasm to achieve our own personal goals in schools, colleges and universities it is easy to focus ourselves fully on studying and not take time to engage in physical activity.

The benefits that sport can bring to us all has been of great discussion in schools over recent years with organisations making headway with interventions to enable sporting opportunities to be more accessible to young people.

By participating in sport, children are exposed to various mental, social, emotional, physical and educational benefits.

This can lead to benefits of better sleep patterns, reduce anxiety and promote healthier and happier students who have a much greater self-esteem enabling a positive learning environment for all.

With examinations on the horizon for many, we at NAPCE would like to encourage both students and professionals to embrace in physical activity as we strive to raise the profile that having greater self-esteem can reduce stress and enable everyone to reach their true potential.

There are several links below of physical activity suggestions that you might like to access:-

Good Luck in reaching your own personal goal!

Victoria Bownes
NAPCE Officer

AWARDS: TES Sponsors “Member of Staff” Category at National Awards for Pastoral Care In Education 

The UK’s leading publication for the education sector has sponsored the first ever National Awards For Pastoral Care In Education.

The media organisation – once known as Times Educational Supplement – has sponsored the Pastoral Member of Staff Award and entries have been pouring in ahead of the closing date on March 2nd.

TES was founded in 1910 and now publishes a weekly magazine and runs a dynamic website delivering the latest news and insights to the teaching profession.

A spokesperson for TES said: “TES’s mission is to support and connect teachers and schools worldwide, helping them to improve children’s lives through education. It is an international provider of software enabled services to schools and teachers.

“With more than 13 million teachers in our online community and working relationships with 25,000 schools in over 100 countries, it has the scale to make a difference.

“Tes helps schools find the teachers they need; it brings new teachers into the profession through initial teacher training; it provides teachers with continuous professional development and tools to help them succeed in the classroom; it brings educators together online so they can share expertise and it provides them with vital news and information about education.”

A host of other influential organisations have lined up to support the first National Awards For Pastoral Care In Education which launched last year including the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), Blue Sky Education, The Thrive Approach and Taylor and Francis.

About the Awards and How to Enter

This is the first time ever an event has being organised to recognise the fantastic achievements across schools in the UK on pastoral care.

It has been created to provide much deserved recognition for the people and schools who are doing great work and to shine a light on good practice in pastoral care.

There are seven categories to enter in the NAPCE Awards.

Entry closes on Monday 2nd March, 2020.

NAPCE and UK Pastoral Chat are working in partnership to organise the first ever National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education under one awards ceremony which will take place in 2020.

You can enter the NAPCE awards now here:

NAPCE is inviting nominations in the following categories;

  • 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

Nominations are encouraged for awards in different categories from schools and educational institutions.

The Awards will be an excellent opportunity to share good practice in pastoral care and through the social media and websites of both organisations to raise awareness of where pastoral support is making a real difference in the educational experience of young people.

The awards will encourage new initiatives and ideas in pastoral care and will recognise the contributions being made to developing policy and practice in pastoral support.

This is an opportunity to recognise the impact the work of pastoral staff is having on the achievement and well being of young people. The decisions about prize winners in each category will be made by a panel of invited professionals who work in pastoral care.

There will be a prize of £100.00 for the school or institution for the winners of each category and individuals will also be recognised for their achievements.

The criteria for the NAPCE awards are;
Award Criteria

  • 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 for the benefit of young people in the area of pastoral care.Nominations for the NAPCE Awards are welcome from member schools and institutions and from schools and institutions that are not currently members of NAPCE.

The Awards Programme and partnership with UK Pastoral Chat is an exciting opportunity to raise the profile of Pastoral Care and give hard working pastoral staff and schools with positive approaches to supporting learners the recognition that they deserve.

Please be part of this process by sending your nominations.

Phil Jones
National Chair
National Association for Pastoral Care in Education

CONFERENCE: NAPCE’S flagship annual event for Pastoral Care professionals will take place in May 

Tickets for the NAPCE Conference 2020 in May are on sale now.

The headline theme for this year’s event – which is for people working in pastoral care roles in the education sector – is “Do all children and young people still matter in 2020? What pastoral care and support do children and young people need in the next decade?”

The Conference takes place on May 5th, 2020 at The Studio in Birmingham and will feature a programme of influential speakers and valuable workshops tuning into the headline theme.

Among the guest speakers already confirmed is Paralympic gold medallist Nigel Murray OBE, who is a legend in the sport of boccia who will deliver an inspirational address.

Feedback from delegates taking to social media at last year’s event included:

“It was really informative and lots of ideas to take back to school”

“Great update on national picture and progression and hurdles with mental health in schools and wider society” 

“It raised awareness about the importance of a whole school approach to mental health issues and well-being in schools” 

“The information given today can only help me and the staff I work with to support the young people we work with and each other” 

“Will be taking a lot away from today. Great to hear from speakers who have good knowledge and to talk to others in the same roles”

About this Event

The Children Act (1989) and the policy document Every Child Matters (2003) were heralded as major landmark legislation and policy initiatives that would transform the nature and delivery of education, social and health services for all children and young people. In thinking about the pressures, dilemmas and challenges currently facing those working with children and young people, this conference will ask all participants to reflect on one key question:


The challenge for those participating in the conference will be to carefully consider evidence from research, practice and experience to develop a clear, concise and reasoned response to the question. To achieve this, we intend to bring together:

Key speakers and skilled workshop facilitators

Participants from different professional and academic backgrounds

Those who play an important role in developing policy and managing services for children and young people

NAPCE is an organisation that has managed to bring together a rich mixture of professional and academic personnel. It also houses its own internationally renowned academic journal – Pastoral Care in Education.

Tickets are priced at £25 for NAPCE members or £45 for non-members. There is an early bird discount offer of £30 for non-members on tickets  booked before 31st March 2020.

To book follow this link:

MEDIA WATCH: A round-up of the latest news stories involving pastoral care in education

At NAPCE we work very hard to stay across the national and international news media to store and share the latest stories involving pastoral care in education on our own platforms.

In this regular feature for NAPCE News, we share with you a selection of the biggest stories hitting the headlines this month with the aim that some of these reported developments may provide useful context within your work as a strategist or practitioner of pastoral support.

Here is a summary for February 2020.

“Number of schools buying in counsellors for children almost doubles in three years” from The Independent

Read here: children-mental-health-schools-counsellors-funding-cuts-wellbeing-naht-a9311276.html

“Parents call for fewer laptops and tablets in classrooms amid concerns over screen time” from The Independent

Read here: school-laptop-tablet-screen-time-class-room-education-children-a9313416.html

“Parents of autistic children face waits of up to three years for diagnosis and support, charity warns” from The Independent

Read here: autism-diagnosis-special-educational-needs-parents-families-charity-a9281951.html

“Children battling mental health issues forced to wait up to 113 DAYS for NHS treatment in shocking postcode lottery” from The Sun

Read here:

“English schools buying in mental health support has ‘almost doubled’ in three years” from The Guardian

Read here:

“Too many hours on social media is impacting learning of Scottish children, claims education expert” from The Scotsman

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“Education authority provide emergency support in schools over suicide rate” from BBC News

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“Girl home-schooled due to lack of disabled toilets in Monmouthshire” from BBC News

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“Students at Sheffield school benefit from pioneering pastors programme” from Sheffield Star

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