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NAPCE Reveals 40th Anniversary Events – Tickets Available Now

This year is a major anniversary year for the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education.

For 40 years NAPCE has been a meeting place for academics, researchers, writers, teachers, and people working in pastoral care who share our interest in pastoral care in education.

Several events are planned for the across the year to bring members of NAPCE and supporters of our work together to highlight the important contribution effective pastoral care can make to children and young peoples’ learning experience and preparation for their future lives.

These include a FREE online conference in June with the title, “How can effective pastoral care support learners and prepare them for their future roles in society?”.

This will take place over three days on Wednesday 15thJune, Thursday 16th June, and Friday 17th June.

Confirmed speakers include:-

  • Professor Kaitlyn Mendes, from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, talking about ‘The school response to online sexual harassment and abuse”.
  • Carl Elder, educational consultant, exploring ‘Developing effective supervision for safeguarding’.
  • Les Walton MBE, Educationalist and author shares the presentation, ‘The rock and roll years for education and lessons for pastoral care”.
  • Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Headteacher at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, London, talking about, “Using data to create a proactive pastoral strategy”.
  • Nadine Huseyin, Family Support, Pastoral and Safeguarding lead at The Grove School in Tottenham, London, talking about “lessons for pastoral care in a special school”.
  • Alex Kyriacou, Director of UOK Wellbeing with a presentation on “Wellbeing – Early intervention made easy”.

On the Thursday evening during the conference there will be a ‘Question Time’ where delegates will be given the opportunity to ask questions to an invited panel on the theme of “How can pastoral care and support in schools enable young people to achieve their full potential”.

Confirmed guests on the panel so far include.

  • Maria O’Neil – Author and Educationalist
  • Dr Noel Purdy – Stranmillis University College
  • Dr Mark Diacopoulos, Assistant Professor, Pittsburg State University

For more details and to register for tickets follow the link.

In October there will be a two-day conference and this will include the 40th Anniversary Dinner with Les Walton OBE as the guest speaker who was one of the founders of the Association.

The title for the conference will be, “Is there a need for a new approach for pastoral care in education?”.

The first day of the conference on Friday 7th October will focus on research and policy making and the second day on Saturday 8th October will focus on good practice in pastoral care.

A special edition of the NAPCE academic journal published by Taylor and Francis will explore the priorities for pastoral care in the future in preparation for the conference and NAPCE will also publish a book looking at the future of pastoral care, following the conference.

The conference will take place at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground in Worcester, offering stunning views of the Worcester Cathedral.

Confirmed Speakers include,

  • Daniel Sobel, author, educationalist, and CEO of ‘Inclusive Expert’
  • Ron Skelton, CEO and Headteacher of Broadway School in Birmingham
  • Professor Helen Cowie, University of Surrey

Tickets and more details about the programme will be available soon. Follow NAPCE on Twitter @NAPCE1  or the NAPCE Eventbrite page at for the latest news and information.


Entry for the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022 is now open.

The Awards is the first and only scheme based in the UK to recognise great practice of pastoral care providers in the education sector.

We have been delighted with the success of the NAPCE Awards since we launched in 2020 and the initiative continues to go from strength to strength.

We hosted a packed and exciting Presentation Evening in September 2021 and we are planning to host an in-person event for the first time in 2022, all being well.

The Awards will be part of a programme of events to celebrate NAPCE’S 40th anniversary in 2022.

The closing date for all categories this year will be Monday May 30th, 2022, so don’t hang around, get your entries in now.

Just like previous years, the finalists of the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education will be selected by an independent judging panel and invited to attend the ceremony to share the experience with peers and find out who wins each Award.

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
International Contribution to Pastoral Care

You can enter the NAPCE categories here Enter here

Nominations are encouraged for awards in different categories from schools and educational establishments and you DO NOT need to currently be a member of NAPCE to take part.

NAPCE Awards 2022 is an excellent opportunity to share good practice in pastoral care and through our social media, website and those of our partners, the Awards raises awareness of where pastoral support is making a real difference in the educational experience of young people.

The Awards also encourages 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;

•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

•International Contribution to Pastoral CareAn 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.

Nominations for the NAPCE Awards are welcome from member schools and institutions and from schools and institutions that are not currently members of NAPCE.

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