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25 Jun
Boarding update for Chaplains
25 Jun 2019 - 25 Jun 2019

Boarding update for Chaplains

June 25, 2019


Why should you attend?

Boarding schools have a unique nature to them with their 24/7 residential care and the intense programme of educational, social, sporting and creative activities. Expectations of the children, their parents and schools can sometimes create excessive pressure and stress, and consequently require the school team to be very aware and ready to respond to the emotional needs of young people.

This seminar will explore the more common risks and challenging behaviours by students and discuss how these impact the pastoral team and wider school community.

Programme outline:

  • The bigger picture: how the boarding school world is changing
  • What current behaviours and risks are we likely to see in our schools?
  • Aspects of the mental and emotional health of young people that we really need to focus on
  • How the pastoral team can best support young people and how we can be more proactive as a community in managing emotional crises
  • What approaches might be effective in supporting our most challenging young people?


Speaker: Dale Wilkins, Head of Safeguarding and Standards, BSA

Dale completed over 30 years as a boarding practitioner before joining BSA permanently in September 2017. Dale began his career as a boarding tutor at Norwich School, ran a junior girls' house with his wife at Tettenhall College, and then moved to Old Swinford Hospital in Stourbridge, where he spent 25 years as Housemaster in both senior and junior boys' houses, as Director of Boarding and then as Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Dale has also been a course tutor and trainer for the BSA for almost twenty years, was a sector professional inspector under NCSC, CSCI and Ofsted, and a trainer for the local safeguarding board.


Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Venue: Independent Schools Council, First Floor, 27 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9BU


ISC offices, Independent Schools Council, 27 Queen Anne's Gate , London, SW1H 9BU, United Kingdom