chapter  five
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The role of the school

This chapter presents some of the changes and their implications for the caring school. In large secondary schools, it is usual for house tutors or year masters to be responsible for the care of the young people in particular sub-divisions of the school. 'Pastoral care' is a term in common use for this oversight, but it has many connotations. There are three main elements. The first is activity in relation to individual children: this may take the form of counselling or remedial teaching with the backward or special attention to the needs of immigrants. The second is the link between home and school. The third is the link between the school and those outside agencies also concerned with the problem. In the early post-war days the aspirations of the youth service seemed to rise little higher than keeping young people off the streets, and the schools seemed convenient places in which to do it.