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Pastoral Structure

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by kopite, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. kopite

    kopite New commenter


    we are currently implementing a new pastoral structure in school, and as the Heads of Year, we have been asked to review a couple of potential models for our new structure.

    I was wondering if anyone would like to provide any input as to their preferences, and reasons, for either static year heads, moving through 7-11 with your own year group, or splitting the school into smaller sub-sections (eg 7-9, 10-11).

    Any inputs gratefully received!

  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I think that 'static ' Heads of Year obviously know in depth their Year group and this can offer a lot of stability for the students but it also means that he / she has to meet anew the demands of each successive year of the K S ( you could argue great CPD for the individual involved ). The alternative is, that as you indicate, the Year Leader becomes a ' specialist ' for each sub section of the KS and so can be more proactive in their pastoral support. I think many settings have adopted new names for pastoral leaders eg Progress Leaders and have managed to change the traditional / old fashioned ' Floating Head of Death ' concept of pastoral support / behaviour manager to embrace data and look also the effectiveness of the curriculum for their particular co hort - each one bringing its own demands. In a former school the model I described was once in situ but now there are permanent Heads of Y7, 8-9 and 10 -11 ( made manageable because the numbers in the year groups are now quite small ) . Am sure other colleagues may be able to provide some less anecdotal input !
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I've worked in schools both ways round. At the end of the day, I don't think it matters.
    With both arrangements you get to work with the kids for the 5 years if you stay that long. Heads of years have to get to know a whole new cohort at once while heads of house have a 20% turnover every year.
    Heads of house may be better placed for inter-year co-operation, while heads of year can focus on key events of importance to everyone (induction, options, exams etc). It's easier for a single head of year to be consistent when a group from the same year stretch the boundaries, whereas sometimes heads of house deal with similar offences differently.

    Bottom line to pastoral quality is the amount of energy the school and its leadership put into the pastoral care
  4. kopite

    kopite New commenter

    Thanks very much for your input. I think my own gut feeling is the sub-section approach. Though you do give up the real in-depth knowledge and relationship with students forged over three or four years, a fresh start (for both HoY and student) is often a good thing. It also allows for real specialism with, for example, dealing with Year 11.

    Any further input gratefully received!

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