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(15) Preparing to be a Pastoral Leader (The Godolphin & Latymer School, 12 February 2020)

This course is for: Those who aspire to take up pastoral middle leadership roles in independent schools. Please note that the course content is designed primarily for aspiring leaders, and those who are in post may wish to consider the HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification (see for details).


Course objectives: by the end of the course delegates will:

  • Understand the characteristics of excellent pastoral leadership
  • Gain clarity on what is expected of a middle leader in a pastoral role
  • Learn about the application, interview and recruitment process
  • Understand how to make an effective transition to a pastoral middle leadership role
  • Develop insight into scenarios you are likely to face in a pastoral leadership role, and how to approach them in practice

09:45 - 10:10

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:10 – 10:15

Welcome and introduction

10:15 – 11:15

Session 1: What does the best pastoral leadership look like?

Jill Berry, former Head and Educational Consultant

11.15 – 11.30


11:30 – 12:30

Session 2: What is expected of a pastoral leader

Dr Jamie Carter, Director of Sixth Form, The Godolphin & Latymer School   

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Session 3:  Scenarios – focusing on working with colleagues

Jill Berry, former Head and Educational Consultant  

14.30 – 14.45


14:45 – 15:45

Session 4: ‘My journey to pastoral middle leadership’, followed by scenarios focusing on working with pupils and students

Dr Madeline Row (Deputy Head of Sixth Form)

Miss Jennifer Lloyd (Head of Lower School), The Godolphin & Latymer School;

Helen Simpson, Pastoral Deputy Head, St George’s School, Ascot

Mrs Hannah Carey, Deputy Head Lower and Middle Schools, Trinity School, Croydon   


Closing remarks and depart

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