A report on Pastoral care in Western Australian Schools

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A report on Pastoral care in Western Australian Schools

This report presents the findings of a study into parents’ expectations and schools’ understanding and delivery of pastoral care, into how students experience pastoral care provision in schools, and into how district directors assess school effectiveness in this area.

This report is the culmination of over ninety focus groups and interviews across twenty Western Australian public schools, involving a cross-section of the school community, including district directors, principals/administrators, teachers, students and parents.

What was found?

Parents generally expected schools to provide a caring and supportive environment for their children and believed that this was achieved by school staff, particularly teachers:

  • showing a genuine interest in students by being approachable and sympathetic.

  • being present and available to talk with students, helping them with their problems, and

  • providing support as needed.

  • knowing their children as individuals and responding to their unique needs.

Students also expected schools to provide a caring and supportive environment and in this,emphasised the role of school staff, in particular teachers. Aspects they singled out included:

  • School staff being approachable, relating to students, listening to them and understanding their needs.

  • Treating students fairly and consistently in their day-to-day dealings, irrespective of their background, academic ability, or any prior reputation.

  • Effectively resolving issues which negatively impacted upon their quality of school experience, such as school “bullying” or playground “teasing”.


Nearly one in four Kiwi children are growing up in single-parent homes

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Nearly one in four Kiwi children are growing up in single-parent homes


Pathways to Youth Resilience Study – Whaia To Huanui Kia Toa

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Pathways to Youth Resilience Study – Whaia To Huanui Kia Toa

Research Report

What is the research about?

This is a long-term study (8 years) looking at how young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand do in their lives and how things turn out for them.  It aims to better understand what helps them thrive and survive and to learn about what types of experiences hold them back

Aim of this blog

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The aim of this blog is to provide a network and support for those in pastoral care middle leadership roles in New Zealand secondary schools. It is based on the rationale that pastoral care middle leadership within New Zealand secondary schools is increasingly complex. Shifts internal and external of schools have brought new challenges and a greater need for targeted professional development for pastoral care middle leaders. Research and literature on middle leadership in education has a tendency to default to the curriculum middle leader role in schools, which has left the pastoral care middle leader role largely unaccounted for. These are therefore critical times for pastoral care middle leaders.