Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills

Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills

Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills

Pastoral Leadership: A Guide to Improving Your Management Skills

Synopsis

It is becoming clear to educational managers that successful schools are schools which take pastoral care seriously and train their managers in pastoral leadership. Improving Your Management Skills is a practical guide for pastoral leaders and managers. The book surveys all aspects of the pastoral leader's role and provides step-by-step guidance towards effectiveness.As well as being an OFSTED inspector for primary and secondary schools, Marilyn Nathan regularly runs courses for LEAs on pastoral leadership that include heads and deputy heads as well as managers.Written in an extremely reader-friendly style, this practical guide surveys all aspects of the pastoral leader's role. It provides managers and all teachers who have a pastoral responsibility with real, step-by-step guidance towards effectiveness. An introduction to pastoral leadership, this book provides advice and practical suggestions on how to improve your expertise as a manager. Each chapter includes case studies based on the experience of real schools, questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading. Pastoral Leadership will be of interest to all pastoral leaders, new and experienced, who want to develop good practice.

Excerpt

Exploring the role of the pastoral leader is the central theme of this book. I decided to write it because pastoral leadership is such a neglected area and there are very few books which analyse the role of a year leader or head of house. Pastoral leaders rarely receive any substantive training before taking up their posts, few pastoral courses are available and pastoral leader qualification does not appear on the Teacher Training Agency's (TTA) ladder of accreditations, yet having good pastoral leaders is central to the success of a school.

This book is all about how you manage the job of being a middle manager with special responsibility for a pastoral section of the school. Pastoral leadership is a very demanding role and this book will highlight the need for a year leader to be well on top of his/her management responsibilities. It is an introduction to management, which aims to help you understand what management is, and to provide advice and practical suggestions on how to improve your expertise as a manager. For this reason chapters on managing time and teams are included as well as coverage on the more pastoral aspect of the role such as how to manage pupil behaviour and deal with parents and external agencies. the role of year leader, always demanding, is currently expanding and becoming more complex, and chapters (such as 'Your role in raising pupil attainment') are included to help you deal with these important aspects of your responsibilities.

Integrated through the book are case studies based on the experience of real schools. Most of the case studies are fully worked through so that you can see how they are handled and to give you a chance to benchmark your own practice against that of other schools. I have tried to include as many exemplars as possible, because feedback from people who have used my other books suggested that new managers find the exemplars particularly useful. Examples are given of both good and bad practice. It is more difficult to unpick good practice than bad, but you do need some examples of good practice. Some scenarios are included for you to work on. These case studies provide you with some information and invite you to consider what action you will take. You can use them individually or as the focus for group discussion.

There is no blueprint for good management. the situation and the ethos of the school will affect how you should handle a problem. What I have tried to provide is a compendium of possible approaches, ideas and suggestions, which you could adapt to fit your needs, and case studies to enhance your awareness of how other schools have approached some of the issues to which, as a pastoral leader, you have to find solutions.

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