Interviewing Potential Pastoral Leaders? We’ve Got the Questions to Ask


We know how busy you all are, so we have created a list of interview questions for you to use:

We hope it helps!

  1. Why did you apply for this role?
  2. Tell us about your experience to date?
  3. What would you do if you had any concerns about the safety of a child?
  4. What qualities do you believe are essential for building positive relationships with students, parents, and staff?
  5. How do you handle challenging behaviour in the classroom?
  6. What strategies should you use to identify and support students who may be struggling with mental health issues? Give an example.
  7. How do you promote inclusivity and diversity in your practice? Give an example.
  8. What do you believe is the role of pastoral care?
  9. How do you ensure that students feel safe and supported?
  10. How would you communicate with parents and carers about their child's pastoral needs and progress?
  11. How would you prioritise your workload?
  12. Can you share an example of a successful pastoral initiative you have implemented in the past?
  13. How do you support students who may be experiencing anxiety or stress related to academic performance?
  14. How do you maintain a positive and professional relationship with colleagues while dealing with pastoral issues?
  15. Can you describe a time when you had to balance a child's academic targets with supporting their pastoral care. What approach worked and why?
  16. What do you think is the most significant challenge facing students today, and how do you address it in your pastoral work?
  17. How do you continue to learn and develop your pastoral skills and knowledge?


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