(57a) HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification, Level 2: Midlands cluster, Day 1 for participants, (The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham, 16 November 2018)

Delegates taking part in the pilot HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification (PLQ) Level 2 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.

PLQ Level 1 should be completed before progressing to Level 2.

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:

Level 2 Midlands Cluster

Day 1 (Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, 16/11/2018) - Please click the Register button above

Day 2 (Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, 31/01/2019)

PLQ Level 2 Mentor Training

Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London (07/11/2018)


09:15 – 09:30

Arrival, registration and coffee

09:30 – 09.40

Welcome and introduction

Michael Bond, Vice Principal Education, Berkhamsted School

09:40 – 12:40

(Break at 11:00)

M5: Whole school pastoral practice and dealing with more serious and complex incidents

Michael Bond, Vice Principal Education, Berkhamsted School

This session will take a case study approach to the consideration of dealing with more serious and complex incidents through:

  • prevention and policies;
  • preparations and procedures; and
  • protection and processes

12:40 – 13:30


13:30 – 16:30

(Break at 15:00)

M6: Technology and pastoral care: Opportunities and challenges

Alan Johnston, Senior Deputy Head, Child Protection Co-ordinator, Merchiston Castle School

This module enables participants to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by technology, including practical strategies for managing associated risks.

  • The impact of technology on day to day pastoral management of the pupils and how to respond to the misuse of technology
  • Social media addiction
  • Social media challenges to self esteem
  • Sexting, pornography
  • Academic and pastoral monitoring tools and systems