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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This module is offered to all who wish to enhance knowledge and skills in this area in order to advance their professionalism in working with young people. This includes specifically class room teachers, existing principal teachers, faculty heads and senior managers within schools as well as community educationalists, health and social workers.

The module covers aspects of all areas below:

  • Guidance and support policies, roles and responsibilities within the context of the ‘National Support Framework’
  • Providing quality care and support, partnership set within the support entitlement
  • Team working through an integrated multi-agency approach, child protection and inclusion

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Ms Sandra Paterson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Education (ED) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

- Key philosophy and theories which have influenced the establishment of pastoral care/ support ethos/ in schools and colleges and other helping agencies; universal, targeted, personal support and the national documents including curriculum for excellence ‘Happy Safe and Achieving their Potential’; ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’

-Ethos and the 'caring community';

- Clarification of attitudes and values;

- Caring principles, policies and practices - meeting the developmental needs of young people/;

- CfE-the support entitlement;

- Whole school/college/institutional approaches support; Pastoral ethos and care systems;

- Support roles and responsibilities; Multi-agency working; Inter-agency Home-school partnerships;

- Child protection and inter-departmental/inter-agency/team working;

- Case studies;

- Self-evaluation, quality assurance and improvement planning

Further Information & Notes

The general aim of this module is to enable participants to explore and reflect critically on the principles, processes and practices of universal and targeted support and the ways in which provision can be delivered effectively within a caring establishment. It aims to develop participants’ professionalism through enhancing the requisite knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes called for by the complex and demanding role of the supportive caring professional.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Participants will be required to submit for summative assessment assignment(s) equivalent to a total of 6,000 words taking account of different reporting formats. Assessment will be criteria-based.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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