Rethinking Pastoral Care by Una M Collins, Jean McNiff

By Una M Collins, Jean McNiff

The problem of pastoral care and the way a instructor successfully offers it really is at present a subject matter of serious debate within the media. With lecturers more and more bearing the brunt in their students' tough own lives, they think stressed to do the 'right factor' and to do it in an educated manner.
This book investigates how lecturers can try and supply quality pastoral care, even if as a sort educate within the first example or in a managerial position extra alongside of their improvement. It makes use of sensible case stories as examples of what should be accomplished, and explores the speculation of this topic, making is the precise source for teachers, counsellors and undergraduates on PGCE, mattress and BA classes.

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I want to take a fresh look in this visit, and review learning, empowerment and community, concepts and values which are integral to a pastoral care school. Students’ experience in the network of relationships which is school Let us now visit the school by trying to imagine the students’ needs and how the pastoral school would know these needs and respond to them. I will do this by asking some key questions, and will endeavour, through both my imagination and my experience, to project the students’ feelings and the school’s response.

Paragraph 2 of the Act requires schools to offer: a balanced and broadly based curriculum which (a) promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society; and (b) prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. As Michael Marland has noted: This over-arching pair of requirements, which are legally prior to the National Curriculum requirements, could have been drafted by a pastoral care enthusiast.

By and large, teachers continue to respond in loco parentis to a remarkable range of problems but with the added pressure of these particularly sensitive and problematic issues. Recent discussion with a colleague in Australia highlighted a growing problem there which schools are having to face: that of the rising rate of teenage suicides. Given a small number of highly publicised recent cases linked to bullying, one can only conjecture that this saddest of all events may soon also be added to the list in British schools.

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