Pastoral Support Programme (PSP)

What is a Pastoral Support Programme, when to use it, and how to set it up and run it.

What is a PSP?

It is a 16 week plan at school action level for an individual child. The programme incorporates an initial meeting, mid review and conclusion meeting. Frequent key worker sessions are used to monitor and review targets - these are done on at least a fortnightly basis

When to use a PSP

When there are significant concerns about a child's behaviour which may lead to exclusion from school

Setting up a PSP

  • Identify who should be at the PSP meeting (ie: key people in a child's life who can make a difference) and invite them.
  • Identify a key worker in school to monitor the PSP, liaise to find an adult who has a positive relationship with the pupil.
  • Find appropriate space and time for meeting/s.
  • Explore pupil voice as preparation (e.g mind map their thoughts to take to the meeting)

How to run a PSP meeting effectively

Decide if pupil is to attend and if so, for how long and which part of the meeting.

In the meeting:

  • Ensure clear introductions are made and the process is clear to all
  • Identify chair and note taker
  • Agree all times and dates for follow up meetings
  • Clarify name and role of key worker
  • Ensure everyone contributes to strengths, personal qualities and skills of the pupil both in and out of school
  • Ensure clear contributions to key concerns - clarify what needs to be different
  • Targets should be small steps, positively phrased, creative and have clear success criteria (What will the behaviour look like?)
  • Consider how targets will be communicated to all relevant staff, pupil and parents/carers if not present
  • Consider how the key worker will effectively review and monitor the targets
  • Have a clear provision map and timetable for pupil, staff and home (particularly relevant for part time attendance)
  • Develop creative strategies using a collective responsibility approach


The Inclusion Service Team