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Pastoral Care Policy


St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit


A Policy for Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Policy


At St Patrick’s Primary School and Magheradroll Nursery Unit we have a responsibility for the care, welfare, safety, security and learning environment of all our pupils. The school’s ethos provides the basis for this policy. The promotion of our agreed values and beliefs means a pupil centred approach.



Teachers, non-teaching staff, welfare-staff and other adults all are part of a team. This team wants to ensure pupils are happy and secure in whatever activity they are taking part in, whether social, spiritual, mental, emotional or physical. We have a caring commitment to guide and advise our pupils, equipping them with the skills needed to face the outside world. Teachers and non-teaching staff are encouraged to approach the care of our children in a positive way.

An effective Pastoral Care system is required as a result of the rapid changes taking place within society. Our children require all the skills necessary to deal with the rising pressures of media, family, education and peer pressures that they encountered in their daily lives.

Pastoral Care is composed of different policies, programmes and procedures which encourage each individual child to develop to their full potential.

These Policies include:

  • Safeguarding      and Child Protection
  • Promoting      Positive Behaviour
  • P.D.M.U.
  • R.S.E.
  • Special      Educational Needs
  • Intimate      Care
  • Administration      of Medication
  • Security
  • Complaints
  • ICT      and Online Safety Policy
  • Vetting
  • Drugs
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Health      and Safety
  • Attendance
  • Confidentiality
  • Freedom      of Information
  • Data      Protection


Through our pastoral care policy we aim:

  • To      create and maintain an atmosphere where pupils feel they are well known,      safe, valued, respected and happy
  • To      promote the aims of our school
  • To      implement our code and practice for behaviour which considers the views of      all staff
  • To      maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning
  • To      respond in a sympathetic way to the concerns, fears and worries of our      pupils
  • To      build an atmosphere of trust
  • To      make children aware of potential dangers through the teaching of Health      Education and other subjects e.g.       road and water safety - care in the sun
  • To      develop a well educated child, interested in learning and with a keen      sense of personal worth.
  • To      develop a child who is confident in relationships with peers, parents,      teachers and other adults.
  • To      develop a child with a responsible attitude towards self and others.
  • To      develop a child with a fundamental understanding of social skills      necessary for adult life.


Specific Issues


To implement our Pastoral Care Policy, four specific issues have been addressed;

a) Ethos

b) Relationships

  1. Values
  2. Self-esteem



Our school’s ethos contributes effectively to pastoral care by:

  • Developing good sustaining relationships among Principal, Board of Governors, staff, teaching and non-teaching, pupils, parents and the wider community;
  • Parents being aware of and having confidence in the pastoral care arrangements;
  • Using positive approaches to promote and maintain good standards of discipline.




Through our positive relationships in school with parents and the wider community, we aim to foster self respect, self discipline, tolerance, equality and fairness to ensure that each individual feels valued and cared for at all times.



Through the daily experiences, in addition to curriculum activities, all staff aim to communicate positive values and beliefs. These values include for example, sharing, taking your turn, listening, being grateful, good manners, honesty, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing.

Self Esteem


To promote our children’s positive self-esteem we will encourage our children to think positively about themselves and to accept their own uniqueness. Our school will provide opportunities for the children to feel valued and important by creating an awareness of the positive contribution they can make towards school and the community.

Personal Safety


Through our pastoral care policy we aim to develop our children’s responsibility for his/her safety in a variety of situations within and outside the school environment. We will develop this through the curriculum and highlight in appropriate policies, i.e. Child Protection, Discipline, Anti-Bullying, Drugs, Health Education, First Aid, Road Safety and eSafety.

Implementation of Pastoral Care Policy


Roles and Responsibilities


The Board of Governors hold overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the Pastoral Care Policy. The Senior Management Team are responsible for ensuring that Pastoral Care is forefront in Development Plan agenda and will monitor and evaluate its effectiveness. The Principal is responsible for informing and liaising with other relevant policy co-ordinators, outside agencies, providing resources and being available to the inspectorate. He is supported by the various coordinators with pastoral responsibilities e.g. Designated Teacher for Child Protection, PDMU Coordinator, RE Coordinator.

All staff can contribute to pastoral care by being a living example to every child and helping each one to make informed decisions, about issues in terms of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ remaining sensitive to the beliefs of others. They will build up pupils’ self-esteem, encourage them to be assertive to resist peer pressure. The school Positive Behaviour Policy clearly states how these values are promoted and the steps to be taking show wrong decisions be made.



Monitoring and Evaluating


To ensure the Pastoral Care is working effectively in our school we intend to continually monitor and evaluate and review the procedures and practice. We value the contribution that can be made by our teachers, parents and pupils to affect appropriate change when necessary. This will be achieved through:

  • teacher / parent interviews
  • SEN reviews
  • staff meetings, Board of Governors
  • periodical questionnaires / audits/correspondence with parents

Staff Training


Inset training will be given to teaching and support staff when required. Board of Governors and all staff will be encouraged to attend appropriate external courses and in-service training days. Through the various coordinators, all staff will be informed of all DE recommended changes.



The Principal has overall responsibility for maintaining and acquiring resources to deliver the policies effectively.

The maintenance of the school environment and the provision of a safe accommodation will ultimately be with the Board of Governors and the Principal.

Range of Pastoral Activities


We encourage extra curricular and after school activities. The primary aim of supervision is to ensure safety at all times for all of the children between 8.45 am and 3.00pm each day and during extra curricular activities. New pupils to our school are welcomed by the Principal and all the staff during events occurring at the time they arrive.


Reviewed March 2019.