The Importance of Pastoral Care in Schools

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Pastoral care is a level of care provided in many schools up and down the country that are in place to look after students. It is important to have this facility in schools so that children know who they can turn to should they need assistance, and it’s helpful to increase the confidence and wellbeing of students.

In many independent schools, pastoral care is a feature that defines their way of working. It helps give your child that reassurance that they will be looked after and supported in a place where you can’t intervene as easily.

Here in this guide we explore the importance of pastoral care in schools further.

It will teach your child about looking after themselves

The aim of pastoral care is to guide children through their feelings and understand how they can overcome difficult emotions. A lot of times in a child’s life will feel emotional and difficult to bear; they won’t have the skills just yet to figure out how to control their feelings and thoughts.

Staff are trained to help and support a child’s wellbeing and put plans in place to support each child on an individual basis. This helps students grow in a way that suits them and their capabilities.

Grows a child’s confidence

Many schools have a peer support programme to help with ongoing pastoral care. These work on helping each child grow in their own unique way. With all of the support a child will receive it gives them a wealth of confidence and an appreciated self-esteem boost.

Teaches children to grow up mature

Being independent, responsible and knowledge often come from the many skills we learn through wellbeing support and care. Using the skills children learn from pastoral care makes them learn about how they can support themselves without parent support each time.

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