(50a) HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification, Level 1: Midlands cluster, Day 1 for participants (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, 10 October 2018)

This course is for:
Delegates taking part in the HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification (PLQ) Level 1 programme in the Midlands cluster.


The Pastoral Leadership Qualification (PLQ) is designed for pastoral leaders in HMC schools e.g. Heads of Year, Heads of Section, Heads of House (Boarding and Day), Heads of Pupil Support teams etc. Whilst aspiring pastoral leaders may also take part, the training sessions and portfolio activities are primarily intended for those already in post, and HMCPD’s ‘Preparing to be a Pastoral Leader’ is likely to provide more appropriate content. Experienced colleagues who are beginning to consider deputy head positions may also find HMCPD’s ‘Preparing for Senior Leadership’ course of interest.

Please view the PLQ briefing document for more information.

To book a place, please register yourself onto the Day 1 and Day 2 training events for this cluster, and ensure that your mentor is booked onto the related mentor training:

Midlands Cluster

Day 1 (Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, 10/10/2018) - Please click the Register button above

Day 2 (Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, 12/02/2019)

PLQ Level 1 mentor Training

Mentors are welcome to attend whichever event is most convenient:

Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London (03/10/2018)

Amba Hotel Marble Arch, London (09/10/2018)

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham (10/10/2018)


09:15 – 09:30

Arrival, registration and coffee

09:30 – 09.50

Welcome and introduction

Phil Rowbotham – UCL/ Institute of Education

Introduction to the PLQ programme

  • Aims and programme structure
  • Coursework requirements
  • Next steps


09:50 – 12:50

(Break at 11:20)

Module 1: Establishing standards in day to day pastoral care

Lisa Gritti, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Nottingham High School

  • Getting organised
  • Building good relationships and establishing expectations
  • The team
  • Parents
  • Pupils
  • Dealing with incidents
  • Looking after yourself


12:50 – 13:30


13:30 – 16:30

(Break at 15:00)

Module 2: Listening Skills & managing difficult conversations with pupils, parents and staff

Phil Rowbotham – UCL / Institute of Education

This Module offers the opportunity for participants to explore:


  • the power of active-listening and the role of trust


  • the tools that are need for successful dialogue


This Module enables participants to further explore how coaching approaches to conversations can:


  • develop their skills and capabilities as a pastoral leader to engage in successful and meaningful dialogue with colleagues, parents and pupils


  • enable them to be proactive and confident in having ‘difficult’ conversations.




Brief closing remarks and depart

Phil Rowbotham – UCL / Institute of Education