In January 2019, the BSA launched its ON BOARD Community Action Programme to highlight work in the community by boarding schools. The aim is to increase support for local communities from boarding schools and to highlight this to external stakeholders, including the Government and parents.
To participate in the programme, BSA member schools must:
- Carry out some sort of community-based action at least once a term, involving (but not exclusively) boarding pupils
- Let the BSA know about the activity and agree to be promoted as a BSA ON BOARD partner school.
In return, the BSA will:
- Send partner schools a signed certificate to display
- Include the school’s name, and details of its community work, on the BSA website
- Promote BSA ON BOARD partner schools via social media and the media, and to the national Government in their area.
Examples of community-based activity
There are many ways schools can support their local community, including:
- Litter picking
- Visiting elderly people
- Supporting disabled people
- Environmental planting.
Many schools already have community action programmes so would be eligible to become ON BOARD partners. However, the BSA would expect any participating partner to increase their community action work as well.
Schools interested in becoming ON BOARD partner schools should contact BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher through firstname.lastname@example.org