Jim Heal (English Teacher and Behaviour & Discipline SLE) describing the use of Harkness to develop Independent Learning

zPastoral Leadership in a Boarding School

Date & Time: Thursday 23 November 2017
10:00 - 15:00
Event Type: Full Day
Event Format: Workshop
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: WCTSP School: £120
Non-WCTSP School: £150
(includes lunch & refreshments)
Event Focus Categories: Leadership
Leading in Education
Event Subject or Topic Area: Pastoral
Target Audience: Aspiring and in-role Pastoral Leaders (Heads of Year and HM's)
Event Description:

Effective pastoral care in schools is central to the ethos and tone of the whole school. It is essential if students are to feel secure, know they are valued as individuals and feel encouraged to develop and learn in a healthy and safe environment. At the core of effective pastoral care are the positive relationships that exist between the student, teacher and pastoral leader.

The course will start by looking at the reasons for going into pastoral leadership, the challenges that may be faced and give delegates the opportunity to assess their own strengths and weaknesses. Opportunity will also be given to share good practice and collaborate with other delegates about how certain issues might be tackled into a boarding school setting.

The second part of the course will then look at:

  • :Styles of leadership and the impact it might have on your boarding house
  • Different styles of leadership at different times of the year, at different stages in your career, with different stakeholders
  • Observations on how to treat pupils as individuals
  • Discussion around some scenarios illustrating the above points.

Event aims:

  • Raise awareness of key issues of importance to participants in pastoral leadership
  • Increase confidence and competence in dealing with pastoral challenges
  • Provide opportunities to share experience and good practice with colleagues
  • Encourage reflection and critical evaluation of pastoral leadership practices and professional issues
  • Give an opportunity to look at individual career plans and delegates' own strengths and weaknesses
Event Outcomes:

Delegates will be able to take away:

  • Greater depth of knowledge with regards own strengths and weaknesses
  • Greater understanding  of their pastoral career path
  • Understanding their reasoning for following a pastoral career
  • Considerations of the different styles of leadership and their impact

Course Leader 1: Delyth Lynch (Deputy Head - Pastoral and Wellbeing, Wellington College, 2010 - 2016)
With 20 years of pastoral experience in schools, Delyth has been an assistant housemistress and housemistress in both boys and girls houses. She was responsible for setting up the first junior girls house at Wellington College when it went co-educational in 2007 and then went on to be Deputy Head Pastoral for 6 years. She is a boarding team inspector for ISI and is a course tutor for the Boarding Schools’ Association where she also talks regularly about pastoral care in boarding schools. She is a Governor at Holme Grange School, and has specific responsibility for safeguarding. In her spare time she is a keen triathlete and runs the running club at Wellington College.
Course Leader 2: Ed Venables (Wellington Housemaster and Assistant DHP)
Ed has been the Housemaster of The Stanley boarding house for the past five years and has taught Economics and Business for ten years. Ed is passionate about pastoral care and about seeking to help young people learn as much about themselves as possible. He studied Classics at Oxford University and spent over a decade working in the City of London. In the holidays Ed loves all outdoor activities and has recently run the London Marathon in aid of a charity that conducts research into the causes of autism. He recently won a TES Independent Schools award for the collaboration between his boarding house and a local school for children with medium learning difficulties.
No of Participants: 18
SPONSOR/PARTNER Wellington College
Wellington College


The Wellington College Teaching School Partners