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9 Mar
Guardianship - March 9, 2018 - MIDLANDS
09 Mar 2018 10:30 - 09 Mar 2018 15:30




Date: March 9, 2018


Why you should attend?

This course is aimed at boarding managers who oversee boarding policies and procedures within schools (Heads, Deputies, Heads of Boarding, HR & Compliance).  It aims to raise awareness of best practice in educational guardianship – with the key focus on safeguarding and well-being - for boarding schools with international pupils on roll. 


Programme outline:

  • An overview of the current educational guardianship landscape.
  • A statistical analysis of educational guardianship provision for international pupils in boarding schools: key facts and figures.
  • A consideration of the value and importance of international pupils to UK-based boarding schools.
  • Why international pupils and students represent a vulnerable group of young people, in need of additional safeguarding and the promotion of best practice, their safeguarding and well-being.
  • A consideration of Boarding: NMS and KCSIE and their applicability to educational guardianship. 



Val Barnes BA(Hons) PGCE MEd MBA FRSA (Founder and CEO, Quality Guardianship UK Ltd)

Val has over thirty years’ experience of education, largely at senior leadership level. She has also lived and worked abroad and has substantial experience of business, marketing and as a professional writer on the visual arts. She also has additional experience of inspection and compliance, and is former Head of Inspection and Accreditation for AEGIS.  Val has gone on to found Quality Guardianship UK Ltd, believing that quality, care and standards are essential for promoting the very best in educational guardianship. Val is committed, through Quality Guardianship UK Ltd, to ensuring that all international students studying here in the UK, a group she has identified as being particularly vulnerable, receive the highest standards of care, support and guidance. She is of the firm belief that effective delivery of high-quality safeguarding by schools, working in close partnership with educational guardianship organisations, is the major contributory factor to securing and thereby enhancing each international student’s health, well-being and happiness.

Dale Wilkins BA (Hons), PGCE, MA (Ed) (BSA Head of Safeguarding and Standards)

After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently DSL also. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002. Dale has been a BSA course tutor since 1998, a member of the BSA Safeguarding Advisory Forum and the committee of the BSA State Boarding Forum. He developed the BSA Self-Assessment toolkit.  Dale’s wife also has a long pedigree in boarding.  


Venue: TBC, Midlands 


Cost: Member - £200

          Non-member - £250


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