This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

The Primary Teacher's Responsibility for Pastoral Care

The primary teacher's responsibility for pastoral care

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the responsibilities of the class teacher for the welfare and protection of individual children;
  • primary school policies and structures for pastoral care;
  • attendance;
  • health and safety;
  • child protection;
  • physical contact with children;
  • health and its relationship to the child's learning;
  • children in care;
  • bullying; and
  • where sources of support can be found.

A concern for pastoral care is likely to permeate everything a teacher does in the primary classroom. Without a commitment by the teacher to the personal well-being of the children in their care, learning is at best greatly restricted and at worst fails to happen at all. For a primary school ...

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