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Proactive Pastoral Care

Proactive Pastoral Care

Nurturing happy, healthy and successful learners

By Maria O’Neill
Foreward by Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Maria O'Neill Pastoral


In every UK classroom, an estimated three children suffer from a diagnosable mental health problem. Proactive Pastoral Care is a vital guide to enable secondary teachers to empower their students to make healthy life choices and look after their wellbeing, both in school and beyond. With practical, research-based activities and resources for tutor time, assemblies, Relationships and Sex Education and PSHE lessons, this book puts student wellbeing at the heart of the agenda. It also includes a foreword by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally renowned mental health educator, speaker and author.

Pastoral care expert Maria O’Neill explores several aspects of student wellbeing, from community building and parental engagement to e-safety and caring for mental health. Maria introduces refreshing, proactive techniques that can be put into practice straightaway to create a supportive learning environment. Backed up by academic research, Maria’s easy-to-follow techniques mean any teacher, form tutor or head of year can feel confident in their approach and offer students the pastoral support they need.


‘Steeped in research and yet utterly practical, this has to be the essential text for any staff wanting to know about wellbeing in schools.’
–  Daniel Sobel, CEO, Inclusion Expert

‘A wonderful book written by a highly experienced pastoral leader. Everyone interested in pastoral care in schools should read it.’
–  Professor Barnaby Lenon, Dean of Education, University of Buckingham, @barnabylenon




Maria O’Neill is an advanced skills teacher, experienced pastoral leader and founder of @UKPastoralChat, a subscription platform offering pastoral care resources and news. Maria is also co-CEO and co-founder of @HealthyToolkit and a regional leader for WomenEd. Formerly head of PSHE at a secondary school, Maria brings her wealth of student wellbeing knowledge to this vital new resource. Follow Maria on Twitter @Pastoral_Leader, @UKPastoralChat and @HealthyToolkit.

15th April 2021

Paperback | 9781472980434 | £19.99

eBook | 9781472980458 | £17.99

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