“One of the best INSETs we have had here.”
Fiona Heywood, SENCO, Hendon Preparatory School
Pastoral responsibility extends to the whole school community from the School receptionist to the HeadTeacher and we at JMC are ready to assist with ensuring your support systems are of the highest standards and embedded into all your endeavours.
School staff are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of their pupils and this should be regardless of age, ability, race, culture, religion, sexuality or class. Safeguarding should be fully integrated into a School’s ethos and culture.
Face to Face is best
Many schools now deliver this important , every changed and highly emotive training by making teachers complete ‘online – training’ which we all know just involves scrolling through the same PowerPoint as the year before!
JMC believes in ‘face to face training’, especially in this area, so that staff have the opportunity to receive updates in practice from an expert who can facilitate debate and discussion in this sensitive area.
There has been a lot of discussion and debate over the relationship between pupil well-being and personal development and their academic progress and achievement. Even Ofsted have finally realised that character building is important.
Character or Grit?
“Intelligence plus character—that is the true goal of education.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Character ( or what Angela Duckworth mostly calls Grit) is very complex and has many definitions and its unclear whether Ofsted has decided which they are working from. Sean Harford Ofsted’s National Director simply lists all the soft skills or learning behaviours. It’s not easy to quantify or measure.
Character enables you to live a life that is as good for others as it is for you. Educators as far back as the early twentieth century, such as Maria Montessori and John Dewey, saw school as an essential arena for character development.
More recently Duckworth’s team have found that grit has the greatest impact on levels of determination and motivation over long periods despite experiences with failure and adversity.
Can we teach character ?
No, not directly – certainly not through character education
Don’t we all teach character ?
Yes – through our expectations & the culture we create in schools
Our Associates are experienced school leaders and understand how to help schools build and develop that culture.
High levels of pupil well-being are a product of a strong pastoral system and supportive culture.
We pride ourselves in offering a range of courses that help schools strengthen their pastoral approach with the benefit of sound advice, relevant research and the clear guidance of lead practitioners.
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