Pastoral Care & Safeguarding INSET

character building

“One of the best INSETs we have had here.”

Fiona Heywood, SENCO, Hendon Preparatory School

Pastoral Care

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.

Character Building

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.

Pastoral Courses

assertive teacher

INSET : The Assertive Teacher & School

I found this course very uplifting. I’ve learnt many different strategies to enable me to be more confident and assertive teacher, and to develop assertiveness in my pupils. Dale James,…

emotional intelligence

INSET : Emotional Intelligence to Improve Learning

Presented with style and humour – Great Stuff! So many courses (I’ve been on) suffer from lack of personality and heart – Not this one!’ Rob Flint, Lead Practitioner Art,…

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INSET : Inclusive Classroom Practice

It was what I think, in my humble opinion, good inset should be: a chance to challenge our current thinking, whilst building on our existing knowledge and skills; plenty of…


INSET : Understanding Mindsets for Pupils and Parents

“Fantastic level of information portrayed by an expert in child mindsets whose books are a must read for children ages 8-11….and their parents!”   David Fann, Associate Headteacher, Former Secretary…

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INSET : Understanding the Adolescent Brain

Photo courtesy of Andrew Neel Andrew Neel “Fantastic level of information portrayed by a highly knowledgeable trainer.” Assistant Headteacher, Surrey For many years we have blamed challenging teenage behaviour on…

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INSET : Building Character,Grit & Resilience in Schools

“Superb – thank you – so much positive feedback from our Parents. Please can we now book a session on the same subject for staff…?” Pastoral Head, Berkshire In education…


INSET: Supporting Mental Health & Well-being of Pupils

“the expertise and gently engaging nature made this hugely successful for us.” Jo Grundy, Headteacher Oaks School, Bolton How do we as teachers support our pupil’s Mental Health? With the…


EYFS INSET : Holistic Development in Early Years

Relatable and refreshing training, that engaged and inspired K.Payne Early Years Advisor 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5, so it is crucial that we provide early…


INSET : Raising Boys’ Achievement & Engagement

“Left the staff buzzing with ideas, an excellent inset without doubt!” Sophie Banks , Headmistress, Eton End School • Does your boys’ achievement fall below that of girls? • Are…

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Leadership INSET : Outstanding Pastoral Leadership

I feel particularly inspired. Unlike many courses, this felt achievable.  Alison Tanner, Year 5/6 Teacher Cameley Primary School The Highly Effective Head of Year /Key Stage/ 6th Form • Need…


INSET : Behaviour Management Strategies for Low Level Disruption

“Really engaging tutor who clearly knew his stuff” Sadia Mirza, HOD, Dr Challoners High School Low Level Disruption. Can you kick it? Yes, you can Why manage behaviour? Why do…


INSET : Positive Behaviour Management for Outstanding Learning and Teaching

“Great presenter, very clear and knowledgeable” Katie Coe, Exeter School   Outstanding behaviour strategies for high levels of pupil progress Why do pupils misbehave? How can personalised learning improve outcomes?…


INSET : The teachers’ toolkit for highly effective NQTs

“To say that the first year of teaching is challenging would be an understatement. There are so many moving parts to manage and so many new things to learn that…


INSET : Embedding a Growth Mindset into your Classroom and School

‘Mindsets’, the simple but compelling idea put forward by Carol Dweck of Stanford University, has taken the US educational system by storm and challenged the way our Stateside colleagues view learning, talent and ability. Teachers and school leaders have found the approaches and practical tips suggested by mindsets theory have had a clear impact on the performance of learners in their classrooms.

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Secondary INSET : Writing effective UCAS applications and references

Overview Providing pupil references for UCAS can be a daunting prospect for teachers. Collecting the right information from colleagues and constructing a fair and balanced reference can make a huge…