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The pastoral curriculum at St Paul’s encompasses a programme of tutorials, assemblies, visiting speakers and PSHE lessons. Developing students’ resilience lies at the core of our wellbeing provision. All students are taught about mental health and self-care, encouraging them to engage in conversations about these important topics.
Specialist programmes enhance our pastoral provision; we work with the Mental Health Foundation to offer the Peer Education Programme to our students when they join us in MIV (Year 7), while students in the V (Year 10) follow a five-week cycle of lessons and discussions on positive mental health and wellbeing.
In recent years we have revised our PSHE programme to ensure that our students are building empathy, understanding their own bias and privileges and exploring their roles as global citizens. PSHE lessons offer a space to discuss issues such as racism, discrimination and human rights across the world. In 2022, we introduced an extra weekly PSHE time with tutors to allow students to reflect on the previous day’s PSHE session. In addition, a varied range of visiting experts enables students to engage with a spectrum of issues and debates.
Our pastoral provision is forward-looking and innovative. We are keen to engage in national debates on pastoral care and mental health and, in the past, have taken part in several studies, run by institutions such as the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, University College London and have also participated in a study run by King’s College London on mobile phone usage, culminating in our policy. Currently, we are working alongside the pastoral team at St Paul’s School in sharing pastoral training for all staff and in exchanging expertise and good practice.