The Department of Education, in partnership with the Public Health Agency, is seeking examples of outstanding pastoral care in schools.
The Derrytrasna Pastoral Care Award provides recognition to school communities that have demonstrated exceptional co-operative effort in supporting the pastoral care of pupils. Schools that go above and beyond to make a real difference to their pupils lives.
Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Education said: “Young people today are facing many challenges and that is why the support provided by our schools can prove vital in helping them deal with the difficulties and hardships of life.
“Excellent pastoral care is not about the everyday support offered by schools. It is about a level of care and help that is provided over and above what is expected and it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate such work.”
Fiona Teague, Public Health Agency said: “With the complexities and pressures experienced by our school communities, we need to embed pastoral care programmes into the culture of our schools. The link between the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of our young people to their intellectual development is clear.
“A commitment to excellence in physical health, social competence and emotional resilience will provide our young people with the tools and foundations to achieve a good quality of life.
“I commend the school leaders who have cultivated this approach in their schools, providing the community with excellent examples of how it should be done, with authenticity, commitment and compassion.”
Applications should be made by no later than 13 December 2019 using the form available at: www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/derrytrasna-award-pastoral-care
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