Research and analysis

Distributed leadership: case studies of the effective creation and deployment of pastoral teams

How teams within schools support headteachers in achieving an improved culture of behaviour management.

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Distributed leadership: case studies of the effective creation and deployment of pastoral teams

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This research arose from work carried out in improving behaviour across a cluster of 4 primary schools and a high school in a deprived area, near Birmingham.

These schools were in receipt of a behaviour improvement grant and focused on achieving the following outcomes for their community:

  • reduction in exclusions
  • reduction of absenteeism
  • reduction in challenging behaviour incidents in school

Many of the schools’ existing behaviour management systems reacted to crisis situations, rather than dealing with the cause of the situations many children and families found themselves in. In response to this, specific pastoral teams were formed in each school to develop new systems and approaches to secure the outcomes identified above.