Pastoral Care

The PACE Trust has been working with schools since 2000 to provide pastoral care to school communities in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. Pastoral care is a set of systems, procedures and programmes which attempt to meet the needs of children and young people so that each child has the opportunity to reach his or her potential and is equipped with the skills to cope with life.

Pastoral care addresses social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs. Pastoral care includes various counselling skills together with a wide range of supportive and helping strategies. The quality of pastoral care influences the ethos and tone of a whole school. It creates an atmosphere in which children feel secure, know that they are valued and are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development within a healthy and safe environment. Good pastoral care will inform and reassure parents that their children are being educated in a safe and caring atmosphere.

Pastoral Care Work is a varied role and a job description is written for each school where a worker is based. This enables the worker to focus on the particular needs of the pupils in that school. Pastoral care of the pupils and some other aspects of the work include:
  • Giving time to listen and talk with any pupil in the school
  • Responding to immediate situations as they arise and plan proactively
  • Working with individuals or small groups on issues raised e.g. friendship / self esteem / conflict resolution / social skills, etc.
  • Meeting with the parent/carer of a pupil to discuss issues relating to their life in school
  • Liaising with school management and teaching staff regarding pupils’ welfare

“As a teacher I think the work of the Pastoral Care Worker is invaluable. I think every school should have one. The PCWs are a valuable asset to the school being able to work with children and I know parents and teachers have really appreciated the help and support they are able to give.”

The PACE Trust is committed to:
  • The need for children/young people to be engaged in school life and integrated into learning
  • Providing and developing tailor-made training for Pastoral Care Workers
  • Providing regular individual and group supervision for Pastoral Care Workers
  • Working alongside a school to assist them in developing a job description tailored to suit their particular school’s needs
  • Working jointly with the school in evaluating and monitoring the role to ensure it is meeting the needs of the school