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Mr. D. Sheehan

Mr. Sheehan

Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing, Regional Safeguarding Lead

Member of the Association of Child Protection Professionals

National Association of Designated Safeguarding Leads (Founding Member) – Regional Coordinator

Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy

David is both an Educator and Counsellor. Having followed a path from Property and Estate Management (BCU) as an undergraduate to Teaching as a Postgraduate (UEA), Inclusion and Learner Support (Dundee) as a postgraduate, Psychology (HKU) as a postgraduate and Monash University with his Counselling Masters. He has also been awarded his UK National Professional Qualification for Headship. But what makes David perfect for the position of our Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing? The answer is his genuine interest in the Wellbeing of our school community. 

A member of the Executive Leadership team, David provides the strategic leadership of the pastoral responsibility all of our staff have, but especially supervision to our Heads of House, Pastoral Coordinator, Transition Coordinators and associate Counsellors. A primary function of his role is to create and implement programmes and policies that support learning and physical, social, mental and emotional development.

The pastoral Team works hard across the school, utilising various models to increase students’ emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. The Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing supports knowledge and implementation of authentic care through close collaboration with the middle leadership members implementing Tier 1 and 2 interventions throughout the school.

To describe the work that David leads, the Independent Schools Inspectorate says, “Pastoral care is excellent, and the welfare, health and safety of the pupils are assured”. They go on to say that “care for one another is embedded in all aspect of school life, supported greatly by the school’s strong house system and the opportunities to work with each other across age groups. Pupils enjoy life at school, and this radiates from all that they do”.

Being systems focussed, David was delighted to be commended by the ISI for “careful record (keeping) monitored to assess whether emerging patterns can be seen”. Thus, maintaining the outstanding “personal development of pupils fostered by the… support and guidance, in line with the school’s aims”. 

Importantly David fosters excellent policies and systems to promote Wellbeing, safety,  good behaviour and the school’s vision of universal respect.  The holistic pastoral approach he has created at Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong is identified as a feature of good practice, and David is keen to share this excellent practice with other schools.

As China Regional Safeguarding Lead for Nord Anglia Education, David supports the regional network of 18 schools through quality assurance, training provision, resources and child care support. Part of this role is to ensure the schools have policies and procedures to meet their legal obligations and legislative requirements. However, the most critical aspect is to provide expert advice and emotional support to staff and leadership, locally and regionally, in the management and resolution of complex matters relating to learning, pastoral care, well-being and safeguarding.