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Proactive Pastoral Care

Nurturing happy, healthy and successful learners

Maria O'Neill Dr Pooky Knightsmith



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Bloomsbury Education
01 June 2021
In every UK classroom, an estimated three children suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem. Proactive Pastoral Care is a vital guide to enable secondary teachers to empower their students to make healthy life choices and look after their wellbeing, both in school and beyond. With practical, research-based activities and resources for tutor time, assemblies, Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE lessons, this book puts student wellbeing at the heart of the agenda. It also includes a foreword by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally renowned mental health educator, speaker and author.

Pastoral care expert Maria O'Neill explores several aspects of student wellbeing, from community building and parental engagement to e-safety and caring for mental health. Maria introduces refreshing, proactive techniques that can be put into practice straightaway to create a supportive learning environment. Backed up by academic research, Maria's easy-to-follow techniques mean any teacher, form tutor or head of year can feel confident in their approach and offer students the pastoral support they need.
By:   Maria O'Neill
Foreword by:   Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Education
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   228g
ISBN:   9781472980434
ISBN 10:   1472980433
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 June 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Maria O'Neill is an experienced pastoral leader, researcher and advanced skills teacher. She is the founder of Pastoral Support UK (@PastoralOrg) and currently works as a pastoral leader in a school as well as in various key roles to provide sustainable pastoral training and raise the profile of pastoral leadership nationwide. Follow Maria on Twitter @Maria0Neill.

Reviews for Proactive Pastoral Care: Nurturing happy, healthy and successful learners

Steeped in research and yet utterly practical, this has to be the essential text for any staff wanting to know about wellbeing in schools. -- Daniel Sobel * CEO, Inclusion Expert * A wonderful book written by a highly experienced pastoral leader. Everyone interested in pastoral care in schools should read it. -- Professor Barnaby Lenon * Dean of Education, University of Buckingham, @barnabylenon * In writing this work, Maria has combined her pastoral passion with a deep empathy for children's needs. Teamed with a forensic analysis of her subject matter, Maria has authored a 'must-read' text for anyone who cares about making pastoral care a priority. -- Andrew Cowley * Deputy headteacher and author of 'The Wellbeing Toolkit', @andrew_cowley23 * Proactive Pastoral Care resets the dial in the post-COVID world for what it means to educate and nurture young people in schools. Let this book be your practical guide in rediscovering how to build a culture of love and support which seeks to build capacity in our young people. -- Mike Buchanan * Founder of PositivelyLeading, Chair of the European Positive Education Network, @PosiLeading * Maria explores in a compelling way the importance of being proactive in our pastoral care structures, systems and practices. This fully researched and well-informed book should be invaluable to individuals and organisations committed to ensuring that our schools are supportive, caring communities in which pupils and staff thrive. -- Jill Berry * leadership development consultant and former headteacher, @jillberry102 *

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