In the past decade or so, there has been an increasing focus on teaching schoolchildren more than just the basics of reading and writing. Teachers have realised that children need support and guidance in their lives in order to achieve the best results possible in their studies, and also that some children need special attention in order to reach the goals are set out for them. In Australia, the focus is on developing the National Safe Schools Framework, which has placed pastoral care in schools as one of the key priorities of teaching. Developing supportive processes that will allow children and teachers to work together in order to get positive results will ensure that children are not left behind when it comes to understanding and developing social skills.
What schools should be attempting
As the role of teaching changes, both within the community and in a school setting, the emphasis on pastoral care as a responsibility of teachers and other school staff means that the school is often required to help children with more than just reading and writing. Instead, the school should be giving your children emotional support that will help them to deal with issues in their lives, and handle themselves better in social situations. The importance of this type of care, which looks after the complete welfare of the child whilethey are through the process of becoming fully grown adults, may be understated. In order to ensure that all students progress through their studies without being dragged away by social issues, schools should be able to give them a range of different types of pastoral care, from counselling, to community guidance, to giving them the skills that they need in order to work with their community.
Why schools are focusing on pastoral care
In giving children pastoral care in schools, there are several steps that need to be taken. The young child should have the attention of the whole scholastic community, including input from staff, other students, and parents. This not only helps to bring a variety of different perspectives into the care of the child, but it also ensures that the child feels as though he or she is part of the community. This is very important if the child is in a bad place, and needs not only emotional support, but also must be properly integrated back into the society.