School pastoral systems; time to reform form time? | missdcox

Whilst I’ve worked and seen working several types of pastoral system, I’m not convinced that we have them right in many ways.

Leadership

Heads of year, heads of house, heads of community, progress leaders, heads of key stage, call them what you want, their role is one of the most ambiguous in a school. Do they deal with behaviour or not? Are they in charge of progress? Really? Are written job roles really followed?

How can a progress leader be accountable for results? Surely that’s the teacher and head of subjects’ job? Is it a poisoned chalice? Can they really make a difference?…

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