Building a positive learning environment
In developing systems to support student wellbeing, schools need to reflect on staff wellbeing
and then the whole student, which requires a consideration of:
An effective school pastoral care program fosters student development in all areas of student
Pastoral care in schools involves the development of the whole student. This involves supporting
each student in their entire school life experience whilst engaging families in the process:
To do this, it is essential for schools to take a proactive approach to student wellbeing,
carefully planning for the support and success of each and every student.
A considered approach to student growth and wellbeing
provides students with a greater chance at
success in all school experiences.
A community approach to pastoral care aids students
in achieving success, with each student
knowing that there are multiple support networks available, depending on their needs at
Parental involvement provides students with
visibility of both their teachers and parents
fostering a positive, healthy relationship, with the students’ outcome and wellbeing at
The quality of a pastoral care program in a school impacts highly on learning and teaching.
Students who feel supported in their overall wellbeing are more likely to be successful.
So, educators need to provide a learning environment that shows students that their wellbeing is
important and being considered in the classroom and throughout their learning. This could be
Having a combination of a positive learning environment and setting realistic, yet challenging
goals for students, will support not only their academic development, but also their personal
and cognitive development.
It is also important to note that a positive learning climate will be beneficial to the health
and wellbeing of the educators themselves. Teachers who know their students and have the
capacity to form healthy, meaningful relationships will be in a better position to provide
quality learning and teaching, benefiting both the teacher and the students, and accordingly,
the entire school community.
A well developed program for pastoral care ensures that students are supported to be the
best version of themselves.
This requires consideration of each aspect of the student. Whilst their academic performance is
important, the overall support of student wellbeing is more so; therefore, a school’s pastoral
care program needs to be designed to show the community
how and why student wellbeing should be nurtured and developed.
A key aspect of this is the emotional development of a student. Students thrive on a sense of
belonging and an awareness that people in their lives are concerned about their aspirations and
Crucial to the success of any pastoral care program is that simply having one is not enough.
Regular reviews provide schools with an opportunity to establish if the program is effectively
meeting the needs of the students and that the appropriate people are responsible for the
success of your pastoral care program.
Reviewing your program will ensure that your community is aware of how important pastoral care
is to student wellbeing. It will show your families that you value student wellbeing enough to
ensure that the appropriate resources are provided to ensure success. Communicating this process
to your school community will also enhance the school culture surrounding pastoral care.
Here at Schoolbox, we believe strongly in the notion that learners thrive in a connected
community and at the heart of any connection is a focus on student wellbeing.
We have carefully developed our pastoral care module to ensure that you can support your staff
and student wellbeing, and that it continues to evolve to suit the requirements of our
Here are some of our key tools that support student wellbeing:
A dedicated Pastoral Care Module to track the behaviour of students including
achievement, attendance, and detention.
Control over terminology used for record types so schools can contextualise
their pastoral care
approach in Schoolbox. Anything from Individual Learning Plans to NCCD categories of disability
and adjustments can be recorded in one location.
Ability to customise learning plans so each and every activity you create in
Schoolbox can be
adjusted to suit each and every student.
Flexibility to determine if a particular assessment is suited to students or if
they require an
extension—our teachers have the ability to make this happen in just a couple of clicks. Teachers
are then able to ensure that students are challenged and supported in their academic
development, and provide quality learning and teaching.
Holistic view of each and every student with the student profile page. This page
teachers access to parent information, what academic and extracurricular endeavours a student is
involved in, whilst parents can view their child’s calendar and timetable, upcoming due work, as
well as their current academic achievement levels, and in some cases, their academic
Here at Schoolbox, we place a high value on our ability to provide schools with great tools to
support student wellbeing. Utilising the feedback and support of our schools, we are committed
to improving features and continue to strive to provide effective ways to ensure the whole
student is supported and developed. We have a dedicated Professional Services Team on hand to
answer any questions you may have and an ever-helpful support team.
Contact us today for a free demo and a complimentary evaluation of your current Pastoral
Care System needs.