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December 3, 2017

I had some huge boots to fill when I took over as Housemistress here in Malvern. Mrs P was not only beloved by all but with years of experience, was superb at her job. We had a thorough handover and to this day, which is three years on, I still find the occasional post it note stuck to something with useful words of wisdom in her scribe. One bit of advice she gave has become a sort of mantra and underpins all my good practice. It's at the heart of what makes us excellent at pastoral care at my school. She said get to know your girls. Seems obvious, doesn't it? We're an all-girls school by the way, so same goes for girls, boys, polar bears. But that relationship building with each young person as an individual truly is the linchpin to successful pastoral care.

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There's no avoiding it, getting to know students requires time. It doesn't matter how it's spent but time it will take. Doing an activity together is a great way to get to know someone. Those team building induction trips at th...

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