Pastoral Leader Certificate

Pastoral Leader Certificate

Pastoral Leader Certificate

Pastoral Leader Certificate
Education form
12 months

COVID-19 has caused immense disruption for most children, especially for those who come from unstable families. At a time of heightened stress and tension, the pastoral and safeguarding leads and the whole school needs to ensure a greater focus on vulnerable children and supporting them in achieving academic success.

The online Pastoral Leader Certificate covers a variety of topics, with a focus on the pastoral role and legal elements, behavioural support, engaging with parents and supporting mental health. You will receive the best available guidance to support you in making a positive difference to young people through pastoral care.

Video Lessons
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How does it work?
The fully online course is delivered via our specialist learning platform – consisting of training videos, written materials, downloadable templates, examples and tools, and a test at the end to check your learning.
Designed for flexible learning it means you can work at your own pace and in your own time, and with a year’s access you can keep going back to refresh your knowledge.

The Modules

Module 1:
The Pastoral Role and Legal Elements
The Equality Act 2010 & Protected Characteristics
What is classed as discrimination and harassment
Monitoring equity of access regarding vulnerable groups
Safeguarding Issues and regulations Working with looked after children
Working with looked after children
Module 2:
The Pastoral Role and Education Regulations
Ofsted and the pastoral role
Collating data Using data to evidence practice
Attendance – the regulations
Current guidance regarding persistent absence
Working with parents and children to improve attendance
Module 3:
Mental Health the Basics
The impact of childhood trauma
Basic Mental Health First Aid
Developing basic counselling skills
Working with external agencies
Disclosure & Confidentiality
Module 4:
Supporting Mental Health Pastorally
Eating disorders
Social media – friend or foe
Effective interventions including working with groups
Module 5:
Bullying & Cyberbullying
What is bullying?
Bullying from a legal standpoint
Understanding why bullying takes place
Cyberbullying Working with the bully
Module 6:
Engaging with Parents and Families
Building successful working relationships
Working with hard to reach parents
Working with aggressive/disinterested parents
Working with helicopter parents Families/parents with additional needs
Module 7:
Supporting SEN students pastorally
The Equality Act and reasonable adjustments
Dyslexia & Literacy Difficulties
Supporting EAL students and Third Culture Kids
Module 8:
Disruptive Behaviour
Why do pupils misbehave?
Recognising SEN causes for misbehaving
De-escalation techniques
Supporting from outside the classroom
Supporting a school wide approach
Module 9:
Working strategically
Working strategically
Developing and using pupil voice
Developing effective communication systems
Working with other staff
Continuing your CPD
Module 10:
Supporting Your Mental WellBeing
Acknowledging the difficulties of the roles
Recognising your strengths and limits
What is supervision and how can I get it
Strategies for supporting your wellbeing

Course Content

Learning modules

Online learning modules
Online learning modules

Training videos
Training videos

Self-assessment tests
Self-assessment tests

Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion


Samantha Garner
Consultant & Trainer
Samantha Garner is a well-established consultant and trainer in the world of SEN and Mental Health. Originally a music teacher, she has worked in the SEN arena for over 15 years and spent time in a large secondary school where she set up a specialist behaviour unit. After this time she qualified as a CBT therapist and child and adolescent counsellor. Sam has trained and consulted in the whole spectrum of educational establishments from PRUs to very prestigious private schools. She is a published author of several mental health support programmes and regularly writes for SEN magazines.

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Pastoral Leader Certificate
Equipping you with essential knowledge to build on your role
Flexible learning
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