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NAPCE News – June 2022

NAPCE News – June 2022
Making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care

FEATURE ARTICLE: NAPCE NEC Member & Wellbeing Consultant Eileen Donnelly Shares a FREE PowerPoint Presentation to Help You with Stress Management

NAPCE Stress Management – Personal & Professional Effectiveness

Eileen is a member of the NAPCE National Executive Committee and works extensively with teachers and students developing and delivering wellbeing programmes in Northern Ireland.

The Powerpoint, Stress Management – Personal & Professional Effectiveness is Part 1 of a two-part interactive series which I developed and deliver to support teachers and school staff.

It helps them identify the causes of stress in their lives, signs and symptoms, levels and possible coping strategies.

It emphasises the importance of making a sustained commitment to self-care through visualisation and support groups.

Part 2 deals with the affective domain examining the impact of poor emotional management and destructive thinking on stress levels and encourages yoga, meditation and other self- help approaches.

Recommendations and videos to support in this field can be found on YouTube.

Although it can be viewed by individuals, the PowerPoint is designed to be delivered by pastoral leaders to school staff in larger gatherings as part of school INSET. PowerPoint font size and layout facilitates this.

We hope you find it useful, please feel free to circulate to colleagues acknowledging ownership.

Below is an image of the PowerPoint presentation.

If you would like to receive a usable Powerpoint version for use in school, please request this in an email to

Eileen Donnelly
Eileen Donnelly Educational Development LTD

CONFERENCE REPORT: NAPCE Chair Phil Jones Reports on Online Conference 2022 as “Great Success”


“Thank you for 3 days of great conversations and learning. I am interested in membership. Please send me necessary details required
to join. Thank you again”.

This was a comment from a delegate who attended the online Conference organised by NAPCE between 15th June to 17th June that was sent by email to admin at NAPCE.

There were many positive comments in the chat during the event thanking NAPCE for organising the Conference and how useful and inspiring it had been.

Some 212 people registered to be a delegate for the three days of the conference.

The NAPCE page on Eventbrite had 304 visits for information about the Conference.

The majority of delegates who attended were from the UK but we also had delegates from USA, Nigeria, Spain, Indonesia, Guernsey and France which demonstrates how NAPCE is developing its international links.

A theme that emerged from the Conference was that the experience of the pandemic had provided educators with an opportunity to reflect what was important in a child or young person’s education.

There was a call from Dr Mark Diacopoulos, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Leadership at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, for educators to be brave and think of new ways to make education relevant for the learners in the 21st century.

The first day of the Conference saw three relevant and interesting presentations.

The first speakers were Professor Kaitlynn Mendes and Dr Tanya Horeck

Kaitlynn Mendes, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Inequality and Gender at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Honorary Professor of Gender, Media, and Sociology at the University of Leicester, UK. She has written widely about young people’s experiences of sexual violence, and the creative ways they have used digital technologies to challenge it. She is author of numerous books and articles including: Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight Back Against Rape Culture (2019) and is currently co-writing a book called: Life After Lockdown: Young People, Schools, and Recovering from the Pandemic. Dr Tanya Horeck is Associate Professor of Film & Media at Anglia Ruskin University. She is the author of Public Rape and Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era. She is currently researching intimacy coordination and UK television culture and is also the co-investigator of an AHRC project about online risks for young people during COVID-19.

The presentation focused on the crisis in schools around sexual violence, stemming from the Instagram site and website Everyone’s Invited, and the ways schools and teachers have struggled to respond.

The talk is based on research conducted between March 2021-March 2022 with nearly 1,000 young people and 77 teachers in England. The second presentation on the opening day of the Conference was from Carl Elder.

Carl has been involved in teaching and school leadership, often serving challenging communities, for over 15 years with the notable achievement of leading a previously failing school in Nottingham to sustained and significant improvement. Carl has witnessed first-hand the incredible impact that improving schools by improving leadership undoubtedly has; a profound impact on the children and also the community as a whole.
Whilst working as a school and trust leader in some challenging contexts, Carl also experienced the scale and severity of safeguarding concerns that can affect all young people, but especially those already vulnerable; living in households and communities that are struggling. As well as being aware of the toll Safeguarding work took on himself, Carl was very conscious of the impact this work had on his teams of safeguarding professionals. Concerned about ‘Who takes care of the adults that take care of the most vulnerable children?’, Carl became interested in exploring the support that exists for school-based Safeguarding professionals. Carl undertook research and training around Safeguarding Supervision and is now working with ASCL and a company called Leadership Edge to provide supervision and supervision training for schools and colleges.

In the presentation Carl talked about the experiences so far of supporting schools, colleges and trusts involved in the ‘Leadership Edge – Coaching in Schools’ Safeguarding Supervision Programme Pilot.

The Pilot is running from Spring until the end of the academic year.

Carl, as a Leadership Edge Associate, has been delivering group and 1-1 Safeguarding Supervision sessions to school-based safeguarding staff.

This presentation explored the need for supervision – what good supervision promotes and achieves and the risks of absent or poor supervision.

Carl gave delegates guidance on how to implement safeguarding supervision by sharing the experience of the Pilot programme that has already begun.

The logistics for conducting group and 1-1 supervision sessions were shared with an overview of some of the methods that make safeguarding supervision different to coaching and mentoring that take place in schools.

The presentation concluded with advice about how to go about creating and establishing safeguarding supervision.

The first day of the conference was ended with an entertaining and inspiring presentation By Les Walton CBE, FRSA.

The presentation took delegates through a journey in time where Les shares his experiences and thoughts on key issues and events in recent educational history.

He talked about his memories about when NAPCE was first formed and how this was in response to a growing interest in child centred education. Once described by the Yorkshire Post as ‘the public speaker everyone wants’, Les used information from his latest book ‘Education the Rock and Roll Years’ which describes his experience of school and education leadership in the northeast since the second world war.

‘Education the Rock and Roll Years’ has been described as: ‘‘Visionary, rebellious, Insightful, entertaining, funny, clever, compelling and wise. A beautiful book chronicling an astonishing life in education and an extraordinary leadership journey’.

Les’ career has seen him directly involved in almost all the significant changes in the education landscape stretching back to the 1960s.

Les has vast experience, having a unique record of being a successful leader and innovator within most education sectors. The list of his roles is remarkable.

• Headteacher at Norham Community Technology College, North Shields
• Education director at North Tyneside Council
• Founder and managing director of Northern Education Associates
• Founder Principal of Tyne Metropolitan College
• Set up Schools NorthEast
• Founder chair of the Young People’s Learning Agency
• Founder chair of the Education Funding Agency advisory group
• Founder chair of Northern Education Academies Trust
• Founder of the Association of Education Advisers

Les was first invited to No. 10 to advise Prime Minister, John Major. During Tony Blair’s time in office, he was involved in numerous New Labour Government education initiatives including being an adviser to Ed Balls.

He then worked as an advisor to Michael Gove during the Coalition Government.

He has been recognised for his work by being awarded the Order of British Empire (OBE) in 1996 and Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013.

It was a very enjoyable and informative presentation and there will be an opportunity to listen to more of Les’ experiences and thoughts on pastoral care and education when he is the guest after dinner speaker at the NAPCE 40th anniversary Dinner in Worcester on 7th October.

On the second day of the Conference, it was time for Pastoral Question Time.

The chair was Phil Jones the National Chair of NAPCE and the questions had been sent in by delegates attending the Conference. The members of the panel were.

Dr Noel Purdy. Director of Research and Scholarship and Head of Education Studies at Stranmillis University College, where he is also Director of CREU (the Centre for Research in Educational Underachievement) . He is the Acting editor of NAPCE’s academic journal Pastoral Care in Education – An International Journal of Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Maria O’ Neill who is an experienced pastoral leader, researcher, and advanced skills teacher. Maria is the founder of Pastoral Support UK. Maria has worked as a partner of NAPCE to organise pastoral conferences in the past. Maria is the author of the book published in April 2021, ‘Proactive Pastoral Care. Nurturing happy, healthy, and successful learners.’

Dr Mark Diacopoulos an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Leadership at Pittsburg State University in Kansas where he teaches and researches diverse topics such as meaningful integration of social emotional learning into the curriculum, educational technology including mobile and online learning, social studies preservice education, teacher candidate dispositions, and the ever-evolving identities of teachers and teacher-educators.

Charlie Walker a Neuroscience student at the University of Exeter interested in education, health and public policy. He is the student member of the NAPCE National Executive Committee. He is an Adviser on young people in the House of Commons. He is also a Governor within a multi-academy trust in Exeter. He is Chair of the Peer-Assisted Learning Programme and a Member of the Student-Staff Liaison Committee at the University of Exeter.

Helen O Connor a school psychologist at St Swithins School in Winchester in Hampshire
Whilst working primarily with girls both preventing and managing mental health problems Helen has developed an interest in helping teachers and education leaders consider ways of improving wellbeing for pupils in the classroom. Helen has introduced a positive education curriculum a which has now gained a national reputation for its proactive approach to wellbeing and this was nominated for a NAPCE award for Pastoral member of staff of the year in 2021

Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Headteacher, at St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London. In his role as Senior Deputy Head he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, as well as the pastoral oversight of all the students and overseeing the school’s PSHE programme (among a number of other roles) In his time at St Benedict’s the school has become a flagship school for safeguarding and pastoral care. He is a member of the NAPCE National Executive Committee.
The was a great discussion and sharing of ideas in response to the questions.
Is the pastoral work of schools valued more since the pandemic?
What does effective pastoral care and support look like in schools in the 21st century?
Is there a conflict between achieving good results and supporting personal development in schools?

Join in the discussion. Send your thoughts and ideas on any of theses questions to TWITTER at @NAPCE1. Use the hashtag #NAPCE

Some of the other questions sent in by delegates that there was not time to discuss during Question Time included.

What are the priorities for future research in pastoral care in education?
How has lockdown and its impact changed thinking about the importance of pastoral care in education?
Is there a need for a new approach to pastoral care to ensure it is relevant in the 21st century?
What care and support do learners need to achieve success form their education?
Is promoting well-being and good mental health the biggest challenge for schools?
Is keeping children safe the only priority for pastoral work in schools?
What is the role of education in preparing learners for their future roles in society?
Has the experience of the pandemic encouraged schools to focus more on meeting the needs of children and young people?
Share your thoughts and ideas on any of these questions on Twitter using @NAPCE1

On the final day of the conference on Friday 17th June there were three more presentations for delegates on current and important issues for pastoral care. The first presentation was from NAPCE National Executive Committee Member Luke Ramsden.

Luke regularly talks at educational conferences, and writes on safeguarding, pastoral care, and in particular the use of data to inform excellence in both these areas. Among other positions Luke holds outside St Benedict’s he is chair of the Independent Safeguarding Advisory board for The Safeguarding Company, is a trustee of the School’s Consent Project charity. Luke’s presentation shared some interesting and inspiring ideas about how data could be used effectively to support the work of staff in pastoral roles and for the benefit of learners in their care. Data, he argued, can give a detailed picture of a learner and brings together different pieces of the jigsaw. This can help to improve pastoral support in schools. “The better you know your students the better you can support them and the more aware you are that your work is having an impact. He also warned about the ‘cobra effect’ where you find the data you are looking for to support a particular view. He shared some pragmatic ideas such as colour coding the school site so students can identify the areas that they do not feel safe in.

The second presentation of the Friday morning was from another member of the NAPCE National Executive Committee Nadine Huseyin. Nadine works at The Grove School as the Family Support, Pastoral and Safeguarding lead. The Grove School is a special school in Tottenham, Haringey. They cater for pupils aged 5–19 who have a primary diagnosis of autism. Many of the pupils have additional needs including a cognitive impairment, speech and language difficulties or difficulties associated with social communication. Pupils work from pre-national curriculum to those completing GCSE’s. Her career has seen her spend most of her years in special education, although originally starting out as an NNEB Nursery Nurse and managing children’s centre nurseries. The past 12 years however have been spent working with children and young people with autism. Nadine was awarded the 2021 Educator of the year for most improved RSE provision from Sex Education Forum and Nadine led The Grove Pastoral Team winning the NASEN 2021 Award for co-production with children and young people and their families. In a very interesting presentation Nadine shared her experiences of pastoral care in a specialist school. Nadine talked about the importance of engaging all members of the school community in the pastoral work of the school and the importance of clear and user-friendly systems. There were many lessons for delegates to learn from Nadine’s experience of pastoral leadership in a specialist school that they were able to reflect on and inspire them to think about new approaches to supporting learners in their own schools or educational organisation.

The final presentation of the Conference was from NAPCE National Chair, Phil Jones.Phil has been an active member of The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE) both regionally and nationally, since his first year in teaching in 1982. He is the current Chairperson of the National Executive Committee and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal. Phil’s recent publications include guidance on effective pastoral support and developing social and emotional skills. Phil retired from leadership roles in schools in 2017 and now works as an educational consultant supporting schools with developing pastoral support systems, leadership and school improvement. Phil’s presentation to the Conference explored current issues about behaviour management and exclusions in schools. He used the recent consultation by the DFE on behaviour and exclusions to share ideas about what might be the future priorities for developing policy and practice in behaviour management in schools. Phil shared his thoughts on what might be the challenges for pastoral leaders in managing behaviour in the future. The pandemic has seen a reduction in the number of exclusions but as schools return to normal it is likely that there will be a growing pressure to reduce exclusions because of the negative impact they have on the lives of young people. At the same time it is important to ensure that there is an orderly learning environment that enables and learners to achieve their full potential.
The Conference was a huge success and delegates clearly found it to be a stimulating and inspiring professional development opportunity. Some of the comments in the chat over the three days included.

Excellent presentation, thanks so much from Switzerland
What a wonderfully rich and fascinating talk, Les – thank you! I loved learning about your life, and the history of NAPCE and the wider UK educational story.
Incredible. Thank you so much
Thanks everyone, very interesting discussion.
Great presentation, Luke. I was very interested in the colour coding of the site maps of the school.
Brilliant and most instructive. Thank you
Very interesting presentation. Thank you, Nadine. I loved your coffee morning ideas!
Thank you very much for some excellent talks over the last three days.
The presentations this morning have been really helpful and informative.
NAPCE would like to thank all the speakers and guests on the Question Time panel for your contributions to the panel. Thank you to all the delegates who found time in their busy working schedule to be part of this event. We hope you will join us for the Two-Day Anniversary Conference at the Worcestershire County Cricket Ground in Worcester on the 7th and 8th October. Do not miss out on this excellent professional development experience with excellent speakers and the opportunity to meet with other people who share an interest in pastoral care and support. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite. Follow NAPCE on TWITER for the latest news and information @NAPCE1.

40th ANNIVERSARY: Secure Your Tickets NOW for Weekend Conference to Celebrate Forty Years of NAPCE Which Includes Speaker from Ofsted

Tickets are on sale now for a very special weekend conference to mark NAPCE’s 40th Anniversary in October.

Join many of the leading lights in pastoral care for a weekend of sharing expertise and celebration of the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education which was founded in 1982.

We are very pleased to announce that Catherine Crooks HMI from Ofsted is now a confirmed speaker for the NAPCE 40th Anniversary National Conference in October .

The title for her presentation will be “How Pastoral Care Features in the Work of Ofsted”.

She will share information about what pastoral areas are examined in an Ofsted inspection. It will provide delegates with a valuable insight into Ofsted’s interest during an inspection into the personal development of learners, safeguarding arrangements, how schools improve the lives of the children and young people in their care, curriculum including PSHE and RSE and attendance.

This is a professional development that anybody working in a pastoral role or who is a pastoral leader should not miss.

Catherine will share some of the findings from recent Ofsted research including areas such as research into sexual abuse and pandemic recovery.

The schedule is packed with talks from pastoral care experts and includes a spectacular networking dinner where you can make new friends and perhaps catch up some familiar faces.

All of this in the beautiful location of Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, with views of the stunning Worcester Cathedral.

Here’s a run down of what’s happening, where and when.

There is a brilliant line up of speakers at this Conference, to celebrate the 40 years that NAPCE has been bringing together researchers, policy makers ,writers and practitioners to share a passion for pastoral care .

The Conference will examine how pastoral care and support can ensure children and young people achieve their full potential from their education.

Friday will focus on the latest research and policy making and Saturday on current good practice.

Delegates will take away a clear understanding of the current issues and opportunities for developing effective pastoral care and the knowledge and ideas to make a real difference in the life chances of learners in their role.

Some of the areas and issues about pastoral care in education that will be explored at the Conference include;

Government policy making
OFSTED priorities
Focus for current research
Learners needs
Challenges in a multi cultural school
Independent school experience
Positive learning culture
pastoral leadership
Pastoral roles in schools
Speakers* include;

The Rt Hon Nadim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education.
Catherine Crooks HMI, OFSTED.
Dr Noel Purdy, Stranmillis University College, Belfast.
Carole Gregory, Worcestershire Children First, Governor Services.
Maria O’Neil, Educationalist and author of ‘Proactive Pastoral Care’.
Professor Helen Cowie, University of Surrey.
Daniel Sobel, author, educationalist and CEO of Inclusion Expert.
Ron Skelton, Headteacher and CEO of Broadway Academy in Birmingham.
Mrs Heather Hansbury, President Elect, Girls School Association.
Dr Helen O Connor, Psychologist, St Swithuns School.
Dr Dee Gray, Grays Well Being, Director Young Carers Academy
Charlie Walker, student at the University of Exeter. NAPCE student committee member. Adviser on young people in the House of Commons.
Dr Matt Silver, CEO Pathways Education, NAPCE Vice Chair
Phil Jones, National Chair of NAPCE
*Some speakers still to be confirmed and the programme may change due to circumstances beyond our control. Other speakers to be announced.

The 40th Anniversary Conference and Events Weekend – October 2022 – Schedule

Worcestershire County Cricket Club
County Ground
New Road

Friday 7th October, 2022

National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022 – Presentation Event

Conference Day One

‘Is There a Need for a New Direction for Pastoral Care in Education’? – Research and Policy making.

Speakers & Workshops

Saturday 8th October, 2022

Conference Day Two

‘Is There a Need for a New Direction for Pastoral Care in Education’? – Good Practice.

Speakers & Workshops

Tickets on sale here:

Reduced price tickets will be available for NAPCE members and a reduced-price ticket will be available for both days of the Conference.

CELEBRATION DINNER: Join us to Celebrate NAPCE’s 40th Anniversary

You are invited to the Anniversary dinner to celebrate the 40 years since NAPCE was formed.

It will be an opportunity to meet with other people who have contributed to the history of NAPCE and to celebrate the difference it has made for raising awareness about pastoral care in education and the difference it makes to the learning experience for children and young people and supports their personal development to prepare them for their future lives in society.

This event will take place at the Worcestershire Cricket Ground, overlooking the Severn River and cathedral in Worcester.

It takes place on Saturday 8th October as part of a weekend of events to celebrate the anniversary which include a two-day conference and the presentation for the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022.

The event is open to members and non-members.

Availability is limited and you are advised to reserve your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be reserved by visiting

The programme for the evening is,

7-00pm Guests Arrive – Prosecco Welcome Reception.
7-30pm Three Course Anniversary Dinner.

Dinner menu

Cream of Leek, Potato and Watercress Soup, Croutons (V) (GF)
Main course
Roasted Chicken Supreme, Gratin Potato, and Red Wine Gravy (GF
White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake (V)

Vegetarian/Vegan Gluten Free option
Leek, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup (GF)
Main course
Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Peppers, Parsley and Dill Sauce with Tender Stem Broccoli (GF)
White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake (V)
Please advise in advance of the evening if you would prefer the vegetarian option or if you have any additional dietary requirements.

8-30pm After Dinner Speaker – Les Walton CBE

Les as he explains in his recently published book ’Education the Rock and Roll Years. A Northern Perspective on A lifetime of learning Teaching and Leading’, was one of the leading educationalists involved in the forming of NAPCE in 1982.

As the title of the book suggests, Les has a wide experience of education in recent history that he will share with guests at the dinner.

9-30 pm Pay bar available until 11-00 pm to meet old friends and make new friends. Please note this is a cashless venue.

The cost of the Anniversary Dinner is £35.00 for full members of NAPCE, £40.00 for Associate members and £45.00 for non- members.

Please dress to impress.

Please note that tickets will not be refunded unless the event is cancelled by the Association for reasons beyond its control when a full refund will be made.

There are direct train services from London to Worcester Foregate Station which is a ten-minute walk or short taxi ride from the venue.

Cross country trains call at the new Worcestershire Parkway, which has connections to Foregate Street. There is parking available at the venue and at public car parks nearby.

The venue has a Premier Inn Hotel on the site and there is a good choice of other options for accommodation in the city of Worcester.

Please book your tickets early to ensure that you do not miss this important event in NAPCE’s history to celebrate the contribution it has made to education in the last 40 years.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact NAPCE administration at

AWARDS: Finalists for NAPCE Awards 2022 to be Announced Soon

The finalists of the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022 will be announced soon following the closure of the entry window at the end of May.

An independent judging panel is currently presiding over the large number of submissions received for third annual NAPCE awards.

A grand live presentation event will take place on October 7th, 2022 as part of NAPCE’s 40th Anniversary celebration weekend at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground in Worcester.

All winners on the night will receive a plaque and a £100 cash prize, as well as the recognition associated with winning at this prestigious event.

All finalists will receive a special certificate.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic it is the first time we have been able to hold a winner’s ceremony in person.

The NAPCE Awards was launched in 2020 to celebrate the outstanding achievements of people working in pastoral care across the education sector.

The categories for the awards this year are:-

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.

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.

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.

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