Teachers’ jobs are academic and pastoral. You can’t split the two

The widely accepted division between the academic and pastoral aspects of teaching may be a convenient way of ‘divvying up the jobs’ but it does not reflect the interconnectedness between who your students are and what they learn, argues Clare Jarmy

Pastoral and academic doesn't need to be split

Academic or pastoral? All teachers cover both. But as we move through our teaching careers, we tend to find ourselves heading more firmly in one of these two directions. For some, head of year, student welfare, perhaps houseparent in a boarding school, maybe safeguarding lead: in short, a pastoral route. For others, compiling the timetable, taking charge of value-added data or a becoming head of department: the academic route.

Few defy this divide, and those who do – an outstanding colleague of mine, who has been both head of department and housemistress in her time, springs to mind – are in ...

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