This is a blog that will explore my thoughts on what makes outstanding pastoral care in schools based on my experiences as a pastoral leader.
The topics of the posts will range from behaviour management approaches such as restorative justice, to dealing with persistent absenteeism. I will also be featuring examples of good practice and advice from colleagues from across the educational spectrum.
Matthew Dominé MA FCCT
- Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainersLast week I finally made the time to start reading a new book. The book in question was ‘Restorative Practice’ by Mark Finnis and I had really been looking forward to diving into my favourite subject…Continue reading “Don’t judge a book by its cover, or David by his trainers”
- How do you help a girl in the water? – Girls’ friendship issuesSeveral years ago my school were having numerous issues with girls’ friendships. Barely a day went by without at least one girl upset due to either falling out with their friends or another girl being unkindContinue reading “How do you help a girl in the water? – Girls’ friendship issues”
- Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!I am sure that through reading my previous posts, it is clear that I do not endorse simply punishing children. I have previously outlined that the best approaches all include listening, asking the right questions andContinue reading “Restorative Practice – There really is a better way!”
- We are all pastoral leadersWhen leading pastoral care in a school you need to allow all those working with children to explore and develop their own practice, much like you would do for teaching and learning. We are all professionalsContinue reading “We are all pastoral leaders”
- Don’t get bogged down by behaviourThis post is aimed at all working in education. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a teaching assistant or a Head of Year, as soon as you move your focus away from behaviour, and prioritise theContinue reading “Don’t get bogged down by behaviour”
- Listen to what they have to sayDo you believe that every child is inherently good? I do and there are many reasons for a child to display negative behaviours, some of which are explored below. Firstly, behaviour is learnt. Whilst we asContinue reading “Listen to what they have to say”
- Giving children choicesA key piece of advice I give to any PGCE student I mentor is that when it comes to behaviour management the most powerful thing you can do is give the child a choice. “Please doContinue reading “Giving children choices”