Transition from primary to secondary school

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This programme provides an insight into how one large secondary school, the Castle School in Gloucestershire, works to ease the transition from primary to secondary school for their new set of Year 7s.

Transitioning to Secondary School


The flight from conversation

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An interesting opinion piece that gives some insight into the increased use of technology and it’s effect on conversation. This is valid for conversations with our students and their relationships with others.

Finding an End to the Parent-Teacher Wars

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Finding an End to the Parent-Teacher Wars

From Larry Ferlazzo’s blog –

Finding an End to the Parent-Teacher Wars is a nice piece by Jessica Lahey that appeared in The New York Times.

She offers some good advice.

Unfortunately, though, she cites Ron Clark as her sort of inspiration for the post.

Ron Clark might be a very good teacher, but I certainly wouldn’t listen to any advice he gives about parent/teacher relationships.

NOTE: Jessica tried to leave a comment on this piece, but had difficulty posting it. Here is what she said in a message to me:

Thanks so much for your mention of my NYT piece. I tried to comment on the actual post but I kept getting error messages about including words such as “.” that were not allowed. My comment was: “I may not agree with everything Ron Clark says and does, but I do agree with the sentiments he expressed in the CNN piece I linked to in my article. He said some words that really needed to be said, and he’s lucky enough to have the freedom to say them – a freedom many other teachers don’t have. Thanks for for the mention, and I really appreciate the comments.”

Secondary Pastoral Care Video

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Here’s a useful video discussing the role of the tutor. in secondary schools. This could be useful to show your tutor teams. The video also touches on peer mentoring for students

Glasgow has a Pastoral Care Policy

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Glasgows Pastoral Care Policy

Check out the link and leaflet.

Pastoral Care – Looking after and supporting the development of the “whole child”.

Arrangements for Pastoral Care in Glasgow schools have been designed to provide a holistic approach to addressing the personal, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual (whether these come from a faith or non faith perspective) needs of every young person. 

Pastoral Responsibilities of all Teachers

Pastoral Care is a process in which every teacher is involved and has responsibilities. The duties of every teacher include:
  • promoting and safeguarding the health welfare and safety of young people.
  • working in partnership with parents, support staff and other professionals.
  • providing advice and guidance to young people on issues relating to their education.
  • contributing towards good order and the wider needs of the school.
Further information is contained in the leaflets below.

Improving relationships Through Choice by Jim Pollack

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Improving relationships Through Choice by Jim Pollack

An interesting Powerpoint I found on the AAPCE The Australian Association for Pastoral Care in Education website.