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BSA Academy Overview

The BSA Academy, launched in September 2019, brings together the professional development opportunities for practitioners working in boarding. The BSA has a long history of providing CPD and training for boarding school staff and the BSA Academy is designed to provide a clear pathway to ensure the highest professional standards in the boarding sector.

At the SPECIALIST level, the BSA Academy offers essential training in the skills required to work in a boarding environment. Through a broad programme of day seminars, day conferences and Inset training, boarding staff and the wider boarding community can gain vital insight and understanding of the skills necessary to work effectively and safely with boarders. In addition, the BSA uses a network of professions to deliver expert guidance on the issues that boarders face and give boarding staff the confidence to give appropriate support on a day to day basis. The BSA Academy has an on-line training presence through courses with EduCare and is developing BSA Webinars that will allow further training opportunities. The boarding landscape often moves quickly and the BSA Academy can respond to specific training requirements and up to date issues through BSA Roadshows that will travel to different areas of the UK and overseas through the BSA Forums.

At the CERTIFICATE level (Part 1), the BSA Academy offers a range of ‘qualifications’ for boarding practitioners. The BSA Certificate in Boarding Practice (Pastoral Care) delivers a framework that covers aspects of pastoral care essential to working with boarders. The course is built around 4 study days led by BSA staff and experienced Tutors, culminating in a research assignment based on an aspect of pastoral care. Also available is the BSA Certificate in Boarding Practice (Pupil Welfare & Support) that offers an intense 2-day course led by BSA Staff and experienced Tutors, with a research assignment, for support staff working with boarders in the UK or overseas. The BSA Academy also recognises the need for bespoke training and has developed the BSA Certificate in Boarding Overseas that offers an intense 2-day course led by BSA staff, with a research assignment, for boarding staff working outside the UK. In order to be awarded an Advanced Certificate (Part 2) all practitioners must successfully pass one of the BSA certificates (Part 1).

At the ADVANCED CERTIFICATE level (Part 2), the BSA Academy offers a range of more specialised ‘qualifications’ for boarding staff. The BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (Boarding Management) is aimed at those who want a greater insight into running a boarding house. The BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (School Nurses) is aimed at qualified nurses working in a boarding environment. The BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (Pupil Welfare & Support) is aimed at all support staff working in boarding houses and gives an enhanced and more in-depth understanding of pastoral care. These courses are built around 4 study days led by BSA staff and experienced Tutors, culminating in a research assignment based on a specific aspect of pastoral care. The BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (International Students) is aimed at boarding staff in the UK who work with boarders from overseas. It is built around 3 study days led by BSA staff and experienced Tutors, culminating in a research assignment on a specific area of supporting international students. The BSA Academy also recognises the need for bespoke training and has developed the BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Overseas that offers an intense 3-day course led by BSA staff and centred around the boarding management, with a research assignment, for boarding staff working outside the UK.

At the DIPLOMA level, the BSA Academy concentrates on the leadership of boarding within a school. The BSA Diploma in Boarding Practice (Leadership) is aimed at experienced boarding staff in senior leadership positions. Delegates are required to submit their CV to the Director of Training & International prior to the course to ensure that they have the necessary experience and position to undertake the course. Many delegates will have completed BSA certificate courses, but it is not a pre-requisite. The course is built around 3 study days and involved a SWOT analysis of the boarding in the school that forms the foundation for a 4-minute presentation and a research assignment that look an aspect of the boarding provision.

At the MASTERS level, the BSA have partnered with the University of Buckingham to provide a MA in Residential Education. The course is aimed at experienced practitioners from the UK and overseas who want to undertake a Masters degree and delegates apply to the University of Buckingham, who will liaise with the BSA. It is built around an introductory study day at the University of Buckingham, followed by expert support from the University and the BSA.

CREDIT: Image header taken from BSA member school Queen Anne's School

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