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NAPCE News – March 2022

NAPCE News – March 2022

Making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care

FEATURE ARTICLE:  “Priorities for Pastoral Care in the Future” by NAPCE Chair Phil Jones

Priorities for Pastoral Care in The Future

Is the priority for pastoral care in the 21st century to meet the needs of schools or the needs of the children and young people they care for?

Recent educational publications have questioned the purpose of education in the 21st century.

One example is Martin Illingworth’s book, ‘Forget School. Why young people are succeeding on their own terms and what schools can do to avoid being left behind.’

In the book he argues that learners are finding their own ways to develop their skills and understanding that they need to prepare themselves for their future lives because the experience they have in school is not relevant to them.

The priorities in education for young people which include being able to network effectively, manage their finances responsibly and be digitally proficient and alert to the world around them are not goals that are priorities for schools in the current educational system.

‘As far as I can see the children are there to serve the school, not the other way around. The school has to compete with the one down the road for a label that says it is a success’ (Illingworth 2020).

Priya Lakhani in her book, ‘Inadequate. The system failing our teachers and your children’ calls for a more ambitious view about the purpose of education in the 21st century.

She comments that despite the intellectual, technological, and educational abilities, reaching greater heights than at any time in our existence, our schools are still focused on achieving the very basics of functioning humans – how to read and how to use numbers.

‘Teachers spend most of their time importing basic knowledge and skills that have changed little for centuries’ (Lakhani 2020).

She uses a quote from Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft to illustrate her argument.

‘Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react and reinvent’.

This discussion has implications for pastoral leaders in their planning and delivery of pastoral care to ensure that it is relevant to children and young people and supports their preparation for their future in the workplace and in society.

‘Children in primary schools now will be looking for work in the 2030s. What knowledge and skills will they need in order to succeed?’ (Lakhani 2020)

To achieve success, people will need to develop and use effectively, their social and emotional skills.

Staff in their pastoral roles will be responsible for using pastoral structures and systems to develop these social and emotional skills that will be important in the modern workplace and society.

In a recent article in The Times newspaper, Margaret Thatcher’s former Trade and Industry Secretary in the 1980s – Lord Young of Graffham – commented on how in his opinion schools, colleges and universities were failing to prepare young people either for life or work.

‘People come out of school completely unaware of the world they are going to be moving into’ (Times 2022)

Pastoral leaders need to reflect on what the goals are for the pastoral work of the school and how the pastoral structures and systems can contribute to preparing learners for their future lives.

One issue that highlights the challenges for pastoral leaders in providing learners with a relevant learning experience, is the issue about the use of mobile phones in schools.

It is easy to understand why pastoral staff will implement strategies and rules that control the use of mobile telephones in schools.

There is no doubt that the use of mobile phones can be abused in schools especially with high quality cameras and the difficulties with controlling what can be accessed on the internet.

Mobile phones can be a distraction for learning with children and young people under peer pressure to be fully aware of the latest information shared on social media.

However, the reality is that mobile phones are a part of daily life and that includes being a valuable tool in the workplace and an important part of social interaction in the modern world.

A decision to ban mobile phones during the school day, it can be argued, enables the school to provide a safe learning environment where the focus is on learning.

Is this not in reality, a missed opportunity to teach learners, through the pastoral curriculum, the safe and responsible use of the technology.

A ban on mobile phones may enable schools to provide an orderly learning environment but at the cost of a missed opportunity to prepare children and young people to use technology safely and responsibly.

A challenging question for pastoral leaders is whether the purpose of pastoral care in schools is to encourage compliant and conforming learners to enable the school to achieve good examination results or to encourage learners to question and challenge views and opinions to develop informed understanding about issues that are important for their daily lives.

The January National Conference for Pastoral Leaders organised by ASCL explored the heightened focus on how schools respond to sexual harassment and abuse.

Research by Ofsted, discussed at the Conference, reported that children and young people are more likely to share concerns with their peers than with adults.

It also reported that sexual harassment and abuse is also taking place in primary schools. (Ofsted 2021).

This has implications for pastoral leaders for the culture they want to develop in their schools.

Professor Jessica Ringrose, speaking at the Conference, reported that from her research they had found that only 2% of children and young people reporting concerns about sexual harassment and abuse, reported it to their schools.

This raises questions about how confident children and young people are that schools understand their daily life experiences and whether they can provide appropriate support and guidance in response to the issues that are important to them.

There were also questions raised from the research about the pastoral strategies used by schools with the findings reporting that children and young people did not like assemblies as a way of providing guidance about sensitive issues and would prefer opportunities to discuss them in small groups.

Pastoral leaders need to reflect on the purpose of their pastoral work and develop and implement strategies that are relevant for the life experiences of the children and young people in their care.

One example of this comes from earlier in my teaching career when in the role of Head of Year, I was approached by a group of my students who said they were concerned about the bullying that was taking place in the school.

At the time, the response of most schools was that there was “no bullying in our school” but the evidence from the students was presenting a different picture.

After doing a survey which showed that there were significant concerns about bullying following further discussions with the students, we established a student listening service called ‘I believe’ where students could share concerns with their peers.

The strategy was not popular with all the adults in the school with some members of staff expressing the view that “there is now more bullying because you are  talking about it”.

The view from students was the complete opposite with feedback that because students could now raise concerns less bullying was now taking place.

It was going to take time, but the feedback from students showed that the strategy was changing the culture so that bullying would no longer be acceptable in the school community.

The work of the school was recognised by being nominated for the First ever ‘Philip Lawrence Awards’ in 1997.

This led to one of the more terrifying experiences in my teaching career when a limousine picked me up outside my house at 5-00am and I was taken to London to appear on breakfast television to talk about ‘I believe’.

This and other awards that followed showed that the pastoral work of schools to improve the learning experience and personal development of children and young people is valued in society.

If pastoral care is going to be relevant for children and young people in the future, then it is important that schools listen to them.

Adults working in schools, need to have an understanding about what is important to children and young people in their daily lives.

This will ensure that there is clarity about the support children and young people need as learners.

It will also ensure that their learning experience supports their personal development and prepares them for their future lives in society.

Please share your views and ideas with NAPCE about how pastoral care can contribute to the learning experience of young people in a modern rapidly changing technological world.

You can do this by following NAPCE on Twitter and by participating in the events and activities NAPCE has planned for 2022.

Phil Jones
National Chair
The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE)

The views expressed in the article are my own and not necessarily the views of the Association and are intended to stimulate discussion and debate about the future role of 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.
Lakhani, P. (2020). Inadequate. The system failing our teachers and your children. Woodbridge. John Catt Educational Ltd
Ofsted. (2021) Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges. Available at
Ringrose, J. Regehr, K. and Milne, B. (2021) Understanding and combatting experiences of image – based sexual harassment and abuse. Available at,
Times (2022) Scrap exams to help pupils to get jobs says Thatcher favourite. The Times Newspaper 4th February 2022.

GOOD PRACTICE: Leading Pastoral Care Practice from NAPCE Awards “Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care” Finalists

Celebrating Good Practice in Pastoral Care in Education.
NAPCE is proud to be able to highlight the excellent work that is being done in pastoral care in education.

The National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education organised by NAPCE highlights the difference that is made by professionals working in pastoral roles.

This month we are recognising the excellent work that was highlighted by the contributions to the category ‘Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care’.

This award, sponsored by NAPCE, is for a person, group or organisation that has made a real difference in pastoral care, for the benefit of young people.
The proud winner of this award in 2021, were Achieve NI from Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The nomination reported on how Mandy McDermott and her team at AchieveNI had made an outstanding contribution to the pastoral care at various schools and colleges throughout Northern Ireland.

They have designed and delivered many issue-based training packages on issues relating to Emotional well-being such as ‘Emotional Intelligence’, ‘Anger Management’, ‘Stress and Anxiety’ and ‘Primary School Transition’. 

They have also provided one-to-one counselling support to those young people who are navigating difficult times.

Mandy and her team at AchieveNI have made immeasurable differences in the lives of many young people spanning many years.

They carry out this work with passion, commitment, and dedication, never turning any young person away and they deserved recognition for this.

The finalists in this category included Jan Ashton from Nidderdale High School, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire. 

Jan excels as a Pastoral Leader ensuring close contact with students and families.

She maintained this in recent challenging times in some unusual and creative ways.

Jan made care packages for students feeling low, she planted trees, filled pastoral pamper hampers, wrote recognition postcards, sent letters of comfort and care for those who were bereaved and study packages for those preparing for exams.

Every single student known to her received a reminder of some sort to let them know that she was there.

Jan made sure closure, distance and virtual worlds did not mean any loss of pastoral care.

Also nominated in this category was Sarah Cockerline, from Oakfield School, Hull. 

This residential school has been Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ for 3 years in a row.  

Their knowledge and expertise in pastoral care has been shared with schools across England.

They provide each pupil with specific individualised care and support.

Pupils assist in the creation of their Individual Behaviour Education Care Plan which is aimed at developing independence, self-reliance, confidence, self-esteem, and independent living.

This year they have introduced the LEAP provision.

This is their Life Enriching Activity Programme, as an extended days offer to enhance the lives of complex pupils who attend Daily, making a real difference to the pupils in their care.

Nicola Wright, from Nidderdale High School, Pately Bridge, North Yorkshire, was nominated in this category for her work in pastoral care n the 2020-21 academic year.

Nicola completely reinvented her pastoral role during the lockdown periods to ensure that close pastoral contact was maintained daily throughout the home learning periods.

She produced an online daily newsletter called ‘Check In’ for students to share their highs and lows through photography, creative writing, artwork, news, and humour.

The Check In became a welcome daily, co-created contact shared throughout the community keeping tight the precious links between us all and ensuring outstanding pastoral contact and care continued to envelop the school.

An outstanding Nidderdale Pastoral project, shared by the LA as an example of excellence. 
The last finalist in this category in 2021 was Claire Gibbs, Ridgeway Secondary School, Redditch, Worcestershire. 

Claire has worked for Ridgeway for over 20 years she is relentless in her commitment to young people and has impacted so many young lives positively.

Claire is one of our most valued and key staff members and selflessly dedicates her time and support every day.

Claire deserves recognition for her work, and she is appreciated by her school for everything she does for the students.

Congratulations to everybody involved in these examples of excellent pastoral care.

Do not miss your opportunity to nominate for the 2022 National Awards for Pastoral Care in education organised by NAPCE.

Making a nomination is easy and it ensures that staff supporting pastoral care are valued and get the recognition they deserve. 

You can nominate here:

REPORT: Chair & Secretary Reports from NAPCE 2021/22 AGM in March

Chair/Secretary Report 2021/22 
For The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE)

The Association through the National Executive Committee (NEC) continues to maintain strong financial management and governance.

The NEC at its meetings and through the work of its members ensures sound strategic planning and internal accountability for the activities of the Association.

The NEC ensures, (that as a non profit making charity which aims to support pastoral care in education), the work of its members, NEC and sub committees including the Editorial Board (EB) has the support needed to achieve its aims including administrative, financial, and appropriate insurance.

The National Executive has the responsibility for ensuring that the Association meets the governance expectations of the Charities Commission. The strategic priorities for the NEC this year have been.

  1. Planning events and conferences, where appropriate in partnership with other organisations to ensure that NAPCE is active in the educational world.
  2. To expand the activities of the NAPCE to enable the Association to interact with an increasing number of people with an interest in pastoral care in education.
  3. To develop the role of NAPCE as a provider of training and professional development, to share theory and good practice in pastoral care.
  4. To continue to develop the structure and organisation of the Association to meet the current and future needs of its members.
  5. To raise the profile of NAPCE and the Journal in the educational world

Once again this has not been a normal year for the Association because of the impact of the global pandemic.

Like most organisations, the pandemic and restrictions required have prevented events where people meet in person which has historically been an important part of the Associations activities, and this has brought challenges for NAPCE and a need to adapt and work in diverse ways.

The NEC identified the strategic challenges that the restrictions caused by the pandemic would bring to the Association.

  1. To be financially secure.
  2. To continue to engage and interact with people with an interest in pastoral care in education.
  3. To sustain interest in the work of NAPCE, to maintain and increase membership.
  4. To support professionals with an interest in pastoral care and explore new ways to support professionals, to ensure that the Association continues to have positive role in a changing educational world.

Although in the last two years the NEC has been prevented from organising in person events because of the pandemic, The Association has adapted to the changing situation and been successful in responding to these challenges.

The NEC and EB have developed new skills and ways of working, to support NAPCE in raising awareness about the importance of pastoral care in education.

As we can now be more optimistic about being able to organise in person events in the future the new skills and ways of working that we have developed during the pandemic will provide more options for how NAPCE engages with people who share our interest in pastoral care in the future.

The NEC continues to work closely with the EB to support their work in developing the Journal and to maintain its excellent reputation.

The Association has a positive relationship with the publishers of the journal, Taylor Francis.

They continue to be an important partner in the future development of NAPCE and by providing a regular income to provide financial stability.

The Association once again organised the ‘National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education’ and this has become an important initiative to raise awareness about NAPCE and to engage with more people who share an interest in pastoral care in education.

We are starting to see a connection between people who make nominations for the awards and then become more actively involved in NAPCE and interested in becoming members.

There were more nominations in 2021 than the previous year and they came from different regions in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.

Awards were presented to the winners selected by the judging panel, in eight categories to recognise the achievements of people working in different areas of pastoral care in education.

The sponsors of the awards included, Inclusion Expert, The Thrive Approach, Taylor and Francis, Association of School and College Leaders, The Hult International School and BlueSky Education.

A presentation event took place online in September because of the pandemic restrictions.

This event was attended by over one hundred people, who joined the live link for the evening.

The areas represented in the United Kingdom included, Manchester, Nottingham, Antrim, Belfast, and attendees also came from Switzerland and Gabon.

Many of the nominees joined the link in groups from their own schools and it was brilliant to be able to recognise and value the examples of good practice in pastoral care that had taken place during the pandemic

A huge thank you Iain Johnson, Susana Cervera and Victoria Bownes, for the organisation of the Awards and the presentation event and a big thank you to the educationalist and author Daniel Sobel for being our guest speaker at the presentation .

  • “Thank you NAPCE for organising a great event.”
  • “So pleased to see people being valued and recognised for their contribution to pastoral care in schools.”
  • “It is brilliant to hear about all this good practice and the difference it is making. Well done everyone”
  • “Important for these Awards to recognise outstanding pastoral care. Well done to all the finalists.
  • “Well done everyone and thanks for organising such a great event.”

The nominations for the 2022 National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education are now open. Please encourage colleagues and contacts to visit the NAPCE website or follow the link to make a nomination NAPCE Awards 2022 – Entry Form (

Plans for a conference had to change because of the restrictions from the pandemic for organising live events.

An online conference was organised over three days in July with the title’ Does Every Child Still Matter?

A New Approach to Education.’ There was a programme of three presentations on the first day.

  • Combatting Online Sexual Harassment – Why we need RSE More Than Ever – Professor Kaitlyn Mendes, Leicester University
  • Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being. Lee Pritchard, Head of UK Development, The Thrive Approach.
  • Pastoral Care post COVID – Connor Acton

On the evening of the second day there was a ‘Pastoral Question Time ‘, with an invited panel to answer questions from delegates.
Chaired by Phil Jones – Chair of NAPCE

On the panel

  • Dr Noel Purdy – Deputy Editor of Pastoral Care in Education.
  • Margaret Mulholland ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist
  • Nigel Murray – Paralympic Gold Medallist.
  • Mark Diacopoulos, Assistant Professor, Pittsburgh State University,
  • Daniel Sobel, Author and Founder of ‘Inclusion Expert’
  • Michelle de Middelaer, Educational Consultant, Learning Through Leadership

On the final day of the conference there were three more presentations.

  • Building Positive Relationships for Learning – Helen Peter
  • Proactive Pastoral Care – Maria O Neil, Author and Founder UK Pastoral Chat
  • Engaging Learners – Phil Jones Chair of NAPCE

All the available tickets for links for this free event were ‘sold out,’ with over a hundred delegates attending over the three days.

The event was an important opportunity to maintain the contact with people who are interested in the work of NAPCE, and it attracted 832 visits to the event page on NAPCE’s Eventbrite site.

The Conference was attended by delegates from the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

NAPCE is planning another online conference for 2022 with the title, ‘How can effective pastoral care support learners and prepare them for their future roles in society’?

Once again, the Conference will take place over three days with presentations on day one and day three and a Pastoral Question Time on the evening of day two.

Details can be found on the NAPCE Eventbrite page at and tickets can be reserved at

Links for this conference are limited so please encourage colleagues and contacts to book tickets early to avoid being disappointed as this event in 2021 was sold out.

This is an anniversary year for the Association.

It was 40 years ago this year since the Association was first formed and its members started working on the first publication of the journal ‘Pastoral Care in Education’.

A weekend of events is planned in October to celebrate the anniversary.

These include an anniversary dinner at the lovely setting of Worcestershire Cricket Ground in Worcester with views of the Cathedral and Severn River.

There will be a reception on arrival, a three-course dinner and a bar available until 11-00pm.

We are pleased that Les Walton OBE, has agreed to be our after-dinner speaker.

He has recently published his book ‘Education the Rock and Roll years.

A Northern perspective on a lifetime of learning, teaching and leading where he shares his experiences from his career in education.

A chapter in the book is devoted to NAPCE, and he explains his involvement in creating Gateshead Pastoral Care Association in 1981 and how Michael Marland approached him, a nationally renowned headteacher, who along with other leading educationalists wanted to establish a National Association.

This became the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education in 1982.

This is going to be an important evening for everybody who has been involved in the history of NAPCE or who has an interest in pastoral care and one not to be missed.

Tickets will be available to NAPCE members at a reduced cost and tickets will be available soon.

Other activities that are planned for the anniversary year include.

  • A special edition of the journal ‘Pastoral Care in Education’ with guest writers exploring the challenges facing pastoral care in education today and ideas about how pastoral care in education should develop in the next 40 years.
  • A two-day conference at the Anniversary weekend at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, in Worcester, with the title, ‘Is there a need for a new direction for pastoral care in education’? Leading educationalists and experts in research, policy making and good practice in pastoral care in education will be speaking and delegates will be offered workshops to develop their understanding of current issues.
  • A live presentation event for the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education as part of the anniversary weekend of events at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground in Worcester.
  • A new NAPCE book about pastoral care in education published by Cambridge Scholars.

The Association continues to form partnerships with organisations with similar interest and values.

The Association was once again actively involved in the planning and delivery of the Association of School and College Leaders, (ASCL) annual conference for Pastoral Leaders in January.

Once again, this year it was an online event and NAPCE contributed with Chair Phil Jones being invited onto the panel to answer questions from delegates.

This was an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of NAPCE, with delegates in leadership roles in primary and secondary schools, attending the conference, from all around the country.

NAPCE was once again invited to contribute to the planning of Safer Internet Day and was a registered supporter of the event.

This is an annual event involving schools and organisations from across the country.

As Chair of NAPCE, Phil was invited to attend the online event in February, that was streamed live from the top of the BT tower in London.

It is good to see NAPCE taking an active role in educational events and activities and that other educational organisation are now approaching NAPCE to ask for our support and contributions to important educational events.

The NEC have continued to take positive action to enable the Association to interact more effectively with other people who share an interest in education and the contribution that pastoral care can make to the learning experience of children and young people.

The Association is pleased to continue working with Iain Johnson from Noise PR.

Iain is managing our social media and supporting the Association with its publicity and marketing.

Iain has made a huge contribution to raising awareness about the work of NAPCE and is making a real impact in helping us to achieve our aim of interacting with more people who share our interest in pastoral care.

The impact of his support can be seen in increased followers on social media and people contacting NAPCE.

Iain produces a monthly newsletter for the Association, which has seen a growing number of people requesting a copy and an increase in the number of people opening and reading the newsletter each month.

The newsletter has published a wide range of articles on pastoral care, written by guest educationalists from other educational organisations as well as contributions from members of the NEC.

The newsletter has become a valuable resource for the latest thinking and sharing of ideas about pastoral care in education and ensures that members and supporters of NAPCE are kept up to date with current information about pastoral care and news about NAPCE events and activities.

This increased interaction has seen more interest, in membership of the Association and there has been an increase in the number of members and subscribers to the journal.

This demonstrates that the work to increase awareness about the work of NAPCE is having an impact.

The Association continues to work with Taylor and Francis to develop the Association’s website.

The Association’s Twitter feed on the website provides the latest news and information and there are links to planned events and activities.

This ensures that the Association is providing its members with current news from the world of education and information to support them in their pastoral roles.

The increased contact with the Association through the website, social media and contact with NAPCE’s administration has continued this year.

NAPCE administration has seen a significant increase in contact by email and telephone which demonstrates how NAPCE has raised its profile and is seen as being important in encouraging awareness about the important contribution pastoral care can make to education.

There have been requests for advice and guidance on a wide range of pastoral issues that members of the NEC have responded to.

Contacts have been about advice on good practice in pastoral care and guidance about the roles of pastoral leaders, pastoral staff, and designated safeguarding leads.

NAPCE through its Twitter page provides support and inspiration for developing good practice in pastoral care.

One area explored on NAPCE’s Twitter page this year was The 25 Reasons Why Pastoral Care is Important in 2022’ which is an example of how NAPCE is stimulating discussion and ideas about good practice.

As the engagement with NAPCE and the interest in our activities continues to increase, the NEC has increased the capacity to provide administrative support.

Anne who looks after communications and Susana who looks after meetings and events in the NAPCE Administrative team have taken on a shared responsibility for Finance after Mel made the decision to step down from this role.

Mel had been the administrator since 2008 and served the Association with dedication and commitment over the past 13 years.

On behalf of the Association we would like to record our appreciation to her and send out very best wishes for the future.

Members of NEC this year have contributed their energy, skills, and expertise to the Association to enable it to continue to expand its activities for its members and raise its profile in the educational world despite the challenges that we have faced because of the pandemic.

The NEC welcomes suggestions about how to raise awareness of the work of NAPCE, and any suggestions about how our members can contribute to discussions about future developments in policy and practice in Pastoral Care and participate in activities to raise awareness about prominent issues in this area of education.

NAPCE is a charity and decisions are made by members who serve on committees on behalf of other members in the best interest of achieving the aims of the Association.

This ensures that the Association can demonstrate to the Charity Commission and others, good governance and ensures that as members, the people making decisions on behalf of the Association are covered by NAPCE’s insurance.

All members are contributing to Association finances, as subscriptions are managed by Taylor and Francis but the funding it generates is returned to NAPCE to support our work.

This has always been good practice that members make decisions on behalf of the membership, and this will be clarified in a proposed amendment to the constitution at the AGM.

Thank you to all members of the National Executive Committee, Editorial Board, Melissa O’Grady, NAPCE Financial Administrator, Anne Jones, Communication Administrator, Susana Cervera, Meetings and Events Administrator, Iain Johnson at Noise PR, Lyndsey Upex, at the Pastoral Care in Education Editorial Office and Abi Amey and her colleagues at Taylor and Francis, for your support, contributions, energy, and ideas this year.

Following the challenging work over the last few years, NAPCE has raised its profile in the educational world and established the foundations to enable it to make a significant contribution to encouraging positive approaches to pastoral care in the future.

We look forward to having the opportunity to meet people in person again who share our interest in the difference effective pastoral care can make in the education and lives of children and young people in this important year for the Association.

Phil Jones, Chair, NAPCE
Jill Robson, Secretary, NAPCE 

CONFERENCE: FREE Tickets Available Now for NAPCE Online Spring Conference 2022

Online Spring Conference 2022

‘How can effective pastoral care support learners and prepare them for their future roles in society’?

FREE Online Conference over three days 

Tickets are going fast for the free online conference being organised by NAPCE in June 2022.

With a brilliant line up of expert speakers and a great Question Time panel this is the conference for everybody who is interested in pastoral care in education and the difference it can make to a young person’s learning experience and life chances.

Last year’s conference sold out a month before the event, so go to Eventbrite today to register for your tickets.

Wednesday 15 June
2-00pm Welcome to the Conference – Phil Jones, Chair of NAPCE
2-10pm Presentation 1– The School Response to Online Sexual Harassment and Abuse., Professor Kaitlyn Mendes, University of western Ontario Canada.
2-40pm Questions
2-45pm Presentation 2 – Developing Effective Supervision for Safeguarding, Carl Elder, Educational Consultant
3-15pm Questions
3-20pm Presentation 3 – The Rock and Roll Years for Education and the Lessons for Pastoral Care, LesWalton, CBE, Educationalist and Author
3-50pm Questions
3-55pm Close – Phil Jones Chair of NAPCE

Thursday 16th June

7-00pm to 8-00pm NAPCE QUESTION TIME – How can pastoral care and support in schools enable young people to achieve their full potential? 
Chaired by Phil Jones – Chair of NAPCE
Invited onto panel,
Dr Noel Purdy– Deputy Editor of Pastoral Care in Education.
Maria O’Neill – Author ‘Proactive Pastoral Care
Dr Mark Diacoupolos, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Leadership, Pittsburg State University. USA
Charlie Walker, Student member of NAPCE National Executive.
Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Head, St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London.
Dr Helen O’Connor, St Swithins’ School Psychologist.

Friday 17th June 
10-00am Welcome – Phil Jones Chair of NAPCE
10-10am Presentation 4 – Using data to Create a Proactive Pastoral Strategy, Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Head, St Benedict’s School, Ealing, London
10-40am Questions
10-45am Presentation 5 – Lessons from Pastoral Care in a Special School, Nadine Huseyin, Family Support, Pastoral and Safeguarding lead, the Grove School Tottenham
11-15am Questions
11-20am Presentation 6 – Wellbeing – Early Intervention Made Easy, Alex Kyriacou, Director, UOK Wellbeing
11-50am Questions
11-55am Close – Phil Jones Chair of NAPCE

Follow the link to book your FREE tickets

The links for each event in the Conference will be sent to people who have registered for tickets in June. 

INVITATION: How to Attend NAPCE’s AGM on March 26th, 2022

The 2022 AGM for the Association takes place on Saturday 26th March and after two years when it was not possible because of pandemic restrictions this year it will be an ‘in person’, event.

The AGM will take place in Worcester against the background of the Cathedral at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground.

All members are invited to attend the AGM and are entitled to participate in discussions and to vote.

The AGM will be an opportunity to find out more about the Association’s activities in the last year and the plans for the anniversary year and in the future.

It is hoped that the venue will be able to provide an opportunity for members to join the AGM remotely online.

Please email if you would like to attend the AGM to enable arrangements to be made for the refreshments.

If you would be interested in joining the event online, please email and ask for the link details to be sent to you.

Although you will only be able to participate in the AGM and vote if you are a current member of NAPCE, you are welcome to attend as an observer by emailing

The agenda and other arrangements are below.

Annual General Meeting 2021
Saturday 26th March 2021
12.30-13.30 hours
In Room View 3
Worcestershire County Cricket Club
County Ground, New Road, Worcester. WR2 4QQ


  1. Welcome to members
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of 2021 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Resolutions from the 2021 AGM
  6. Reports – Chair/Secretary/Treasurer/Journal Editor
  7. Report on NEC elections
  8. New resolutions from the 2022 AGM
  9. Amendments to the constitution
  10. Any Other Business


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

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite from Monday 28th March, 2022.

The programme for the evening is,

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

Dinner menu

  1. Starter                       
  2. Cream of Leek, Potato and Watercress Soup, Croutons (V) (GF)
  3. Main course             
  4. Roasted Chicken Supreme, Gratin Potato, and Red Wine Gravy (GF
  5. Dessert
  6. White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake (V)

Vegetarian/Vegan Gluten Free option 

  1. Starter
  2. Leek, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup (GF)
  3. Main course
  4. Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Peppers, Parsley and Dill Sauce with Tender Stem Broccoli (GF)
  5. Dessert
  6. 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


40th ANNIVERSARY: Weekend Conference Details Released to Mark Four Decades of NAPCE

We are very proud to reveal details of the weekend conference to mark NAPCE’s 40th Anniversary in October.

Further details are being added in the coming weeks.

Dates for the Diary

The 40th Anniversary Conference and Events Weekend – October 2022

Worcestershire County Cricket Club
County Ground
New Road

Friday 7th October

Conference Day One

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

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Noel Purdy – Director of Research and Scholarship at Stranmillis University College, Belfast, and Deputy Editor of ‘Pastoral Care in Education’
Maria O Neil – Educationalist and author of ‘Proactive Pastoral Care’
Professor Helen Cowie – University of Surrey

Invited and waiting for confirmation 

The Rt Hon Nadim Zahawi, Secretary of State for Education
Full programme and other speakers to be confirmed

Saturday 8th October 

Conference Day Two

‘Is There a Need for a New Direction for Pastoral Care in Education’? –  Good Practice.
Daniel Sobel – Educationalist, author and founder and CEO of Inclusion Expert
Ron Skelton – Headteacher and CEO of Broadway School, Perry Barr, Birmingham
Dr Helen O Connor – Psychologist at St Swithun’s School in Winchester
Invited and to be confirmed
Mrs Heather Hansbury, President, Girls School Association

Workshops include:

Jill Robson – NAPCE National Secretary – Effective PSHE

Full programme and other speakers to be confirmed


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

Other Events planned for the Anniversary weekend in Worcester include 

Friday 7th October 7-00pm
Presentation Event for the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 

AWARDS: Entry for the NAPCE Awards 2022 is Now Open

We are delighted to launch the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022 organised by NAPCE.

The third annual NAPCE awards takes place in our 40th anniversary year for the Association and we are inviting everybody with a pastoral role or an interest in how pastoral care in education can support children and young people to achieve their full potential.

We are looking for the people, teams and organisations that make a real difference in the learning experience of children and young people and want to recognise their achievements and celebrate their good practice.

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.

The maximum number of words to support a nomination is being increased from 100 words to 300 words this year so there will be every opportunity to describe the good practice and the impact it is making.

Nominations can be made for excellent contributions to research, for raising awareness and for good practice in pastoral care in education from the 2021 -2022 academic year. The sponsors and panel of judges will be announced shortly.

The closing date for nominations is 30th May 2022 and the judges will then have the difficult task of deciding who the finalists and winners will be in each category.

A grand live presentation event is planned for the anniversary year in the autumn to announce the winners.

All finalists will receive a certificate form NAPCE to recognise their achievements and winners will receive a plaque and a £100.00 cash prize.

Make sure your good practice is recognised by making a nomination today.
To make a nomination for the 2022 National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education organised by NAPCE go to

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