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The Pastoral PathwayOnlineMaster of EducationValidated by Middlesex University


The Pastoral pathway is your route to gaining specialist knowledge and skills for a pastoral role in an educational setting. Whether you’d like to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma, or a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion: Pastoral, select this pathway to further your understanding of a wide range of pastoral challenges within your setting, such as mental health, wellbeing, additional needs, and more.

Our SEND and Inclusion programme is developed, delivered and assessed by Real Training, awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University.

The Pastoral pathway

The programme will enable you to:

  • Become equipped with a range of skills and knowledge that will enable you to meet the pastoral needs of your students and their families
  • Develop and embed professional practice via the application of enhanced skills and knowledge
  • Establish improved practices and policies using the findings of published research and via critical analysis of the evidence base for pastoral support
  • Understand and utilise different models of partnership, with an understanding of the place of power and ethics in listening to and understanding children, parents and carers

Why choose the Pastoral pathway?

  • Feel confident in leading pastoral provision within your school or setting
  • Begin creating real change for the students in your care from the onset
  • Cover a wide range of pastoral issues, allowing you to gain a broad understanding of how best to support your students
  • Be tutored by experts within each area of study
  • Gain a qualification focused on pastoral provision to boost career development and progression

Who is the Pastoral pathway suitable for?

This pathway is suitable for a wide range of staff members, but would be particularly suitable for those working as an Inclusion Manager/Lead, a Pastoral Care Lead, a Head of Year or the Senior Mental Health Lead.

What qualification could I achieve?

The Pastoral pathway comprises core and recommended modules which focus on topics relating to pastoral support for educational settings. There is flexibility in the programme for you to choose modules from another area of interest, in place of the recommended modules, if you wish. The combination of both these elements enables you to tailor your programme to the needs of your setting, your interests or the direction you would like your career to take.

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For all pastoral pathway PGCerts, PGDips and MEd, delegates will need to complete at least 60 credits from the following core module options:

For all PGDip and MEd, it is recommended to choose 120 credits from the above modules. You can however also choose from the optional modules listed below.

To complete the full MEd with a pastoral focus, the Enquiry-Based Practice (60 credits) needs to be your final module and your chosen research project for this module must have a pastoral focus.

Optional modules, which can be chosen for this pathway, up to 60 credits:

Please note:

If you’d like to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma or MEd in SEND and Inclusion: Pastoral, your programme one of our enhanced application and reflection modules which are; NASENCO, iSENCO, Leading Inclusive Practice, Auditing and Leading Improvement or Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

How is the Pastoral pathway delivered?

Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.

Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.

You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree to study on the Pastoral pathway.
  • You will need to be working in an educational setting for this programme. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We can show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting. As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Please note: Some of our modules have specific eligibility requirements. Please check the course pages for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This programme is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

When do the courses start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

As it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Please note, this programme is currently subject to approval.

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