How important is Engagement with the Pastoral Curriculum for a Teacher to Fulfil Their Role as a 'professional'?
Education is any experience that helps to develop a person’s mind, character or physical ability. It is the process by which knowledge and skills can be passed from one person to another. Schools aim to provide the best education for all of its attending students in order to provide a more skilful society in which the school is based. In order to improve the area and society in which a school is based, is subject knowledge key to improvement of crime, economic welfare and wellbeing or are morels, values and communication skills a necessity. I think they are definitely a necessity and the remaining question is whether it is the role of the local school to teach these morels, values and communication skills or whether it is the role of the family in which an individual is raised in.
It can be shown that schools are aware of this role from the following quote taken from (White, 2006)
“The English School Curriculum aims to help every young person to live a fulfilling life and to help others to do so. It does this within a framework of democratic citizenship in which each person is equally valued and each person is free to make her or his own decisions about how she or he is to lead her or his life.”
The Pastoral System
The pastoral system is a curriculum that “combines all aspects of the school life which together contributes to the formation of the whole person” (ASCL, 2007). Before any statutory requirements were put into place, schools already recognised the importance of a citizenship curriculum. It is clear to most educated adults that the circumstances in a learner’s personal life will affect their performance in learning. On a survey conducted in both of my placement schools it was found that all 100 staff surveyed agreed with this. The association of Schools and College leaders also have highlighted this in their...