Event Summary



Date and Time

Thursday 7 October 2021 (09:45 - 12:45)


Free (Free non-members)

Do you have a pastoral supporting role in your organisation? If so, come and join us for our new Pastoral Support Network.

This fresh new supportive event for staff working in pastoral roles is a timely development, and is an ideal opportunity to come and collaborate with others in similar roles who have a responsibility for supporting the learner journey. We would like you to help shape the development of this network, so we are initially offering complimentary attendance so that we can ascertain your requirements for future developments in this important area of work.

It often falls to pastoral staff, alongside the occasional national initiative, to bring about mental health success. Are teachers and tutors trained or funded for pastoral roles? There needs to be an honest acceptance of the limits of pastoral care. While teachers should do their best to support their students whenever possible, it is important to remember that they are not mental health/pastoral professionals, and that they may struggle to spot symptoms of psychological dysfunction.

We are pleased to welcome Aaron Denton (Head of Behaviour for Learning, Derby College Group (DCG)) to provide an initial input to this new network. Aaron is currently leading on DCG’s Pastoral and Academic Support Strategy, and he will start the discussion by sharing what has been started at DCG. This will trigger more ideas about areas where teachers can be proactive, such as:

  • Attendance and punctuality
  • Behaviour and attitudes
  • Social, emotional and mental health coaching/pedagogy
  • Character education.

In the current climate of wellbeing and mental health and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) crisis, pastoral work is increasing in importance. The worrying statistic that a quarter of all girls could be self-harming indicates that it is no exaggeration to identify this crisis at an epidemic level. Yet the speed of CAMHS referrals is often a postcode lottery, with a large variation in outcomes; a quarter of young people will be flatly turned away by CAMHS. This is essentially a funding crisis.

We know that collaboration is a powerful form of professional development, and our networks are designed to facilitate and encourage peer collaboration. An important part of the session will therefore be a scheduled opportunity to network, learn about colleagues’ successes, hear each other’s ideas, and develop solutions to ongoing challenges.

So, if your role is associated with the mentoring or coaching of learners to support them through their learning journey, then join us for this new event which is sure to include plenty of discussion and collaboration. Facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education group) and Will Sibley (Training and Development Manager), collaborative approaches will be identified, enabling pastoral practitioners to try out practical ideas, share their successes and measure impact.

This is the first in a series of termly networking meetings that will offer you a chance to come along and be part of the conversation, seizing the opportunity to shape this new and important collaborative event for the benefit of our students in these challenging times.

  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.