Pastoral Care – the heart of our educational philosophy
At Berlin British School, the education of the ‘whole child’ is at the heart of our philosophy. At Early Years and Primary School the class teacher, and in the Secondary School the form tutor, are responsible for the general well-being, as well as the academic development, of their students. We want the time they spend at the school to be a happy and secure one. Therefore, great value is attached to Pastoral Care at Berlin British School and class teachers and form tutor closely cooperate with the Pastoral Head of the school.
Weekly assemblies are often devoted to social themes, and children receive regular lessons in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). As its title suggests, this programme introduces students to areas that do not feature on academic courses but which have a great role in their lives, in the immediate and short term: to mention just a few of these, the role of family; relationships; leading a healthy lifestyle; and an introduction to notions of civic responsibility.
In order to help our students flourish at Berlin British School, we expect tutor groups to make a notable contribution to the social life of the school, not least by undertaking charity events and activities designed to keep up and improve the appearance of the site. With regard to the latter, once a term tutor groups are assigned the role of “class in charge.“ During lunch break, for five days, members of the form carry out tasks helpful for the school and their teachers. As a result, the site looks better and the students’ sense of responsibility and belonging to the school is enhanced.
In institutions major problems develop where communication channels do not run effectively. We therefore stress the need for regular correspondence between school and home. Just as parents are free to contact us, so we may well need to reach them – again, in the belief that informing parents of concerns before they escalate is central to the smooth running of the school and your child’s happiness and success with us.
We feel strongly that members of Berlin British School should be valued and acknowledged for their achievements. So, for example, students are awarded house points for good work or impressive contributions to school life. All our students are eligible to receive the awards issued at the end of each term recognising notable academic and social achievements over the course of the preceding months.
Considerable efforts are maintained in order to ensure that bullying is not a feature of life at Berlin British School. Conscious as we are that this kind of abuse has taken different forms in recent years, we follow a very strict and clear policy on what is known as “cyberbullying.“
The pastoral welfare of your child is of paramount interest to teachers at Berlin British School. A focus on open communication with parents and addressing problems before they escalate, as well as recognising the great things the students bring to the school – all of this means that our students should thrive in the positive environment that Berlin British School offers.