PLQ Level 1 Blended Pilot 2021

The HMC Pastoral Leadership Qualification (PLQ) is a development programme for pastoral middle leaders in HMC member senior schools e.g. Heads of Year, Heads of Section, Heads of House (Boarding and Day), Heads of Pupil Support teams etc. The PLQ is designed and delivered in partnership with the UCL/Institute of Education (IOE).

Whilst aspiring pastoral leaders may also take part, the training sessions and portfolio activities are primarily intended for those already in post, and HMCPD’s ‘Preparing to be a Pastoral Leader’ is likely to provide more appropriate content. Experienced colleagues who are beginning to consider deputy head positions may possibly find HMCPD’s ‘Preparing for Senior Leadership’ course of greater relevance.

The PLQ Level 1 Blended Pilot is being trialled by HMC this year in response to continued interest in the PLQ programme despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the briefing document for schools to ensure that you are aware of how the Blended Pilot will differ from the usual programme.

Two Level 1 Blended Pilot clusters are planned to run this year. Please follow the links below for the dates of related online sessions for each cluster:

Please also note that the venues for the face-to-face training days are yet to be confirmed, but are likely to require travel by road.

Level 2 programmes

We plan to resume the Level 2 programmes in the 2021-22 academic year.

Information for mentors:

An in-school mentor, who may be an experienced pastoral leader or the Deputy Head Pastoral, is an essential part of the delivery of this course. Mentors must have the capacity to meet with their mentees at least twice per term and should review their portfolios and add a supporting statement before they are submitted at the end of the year.

The following video describes the programme format for the benefit of mentors new to the programme. The video is based on the usual format of the programme, so please note the differences particular to the Blended Pilot described in the briefing document for schools.

Mentors who are new to the programme may also contact Pete Larkin (HMCPD Project Manager) via [email protected] if they would like to discuss how they might approach supporting their mentees.

Mentors who are familiar with the PLQ programme may wish to be aware that there are just a small number of very few minor adjustments to wording and activity prompts in the portfolio template this year.