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11 Jan
Certificate in Boarding (Overseas)
Certificate in Boarding (Overseas) - Marlborough College Malaysia
11 Jan 2019 - 12 Jan 2019

Certificate in Boarding (Overseas) – two-day conference

Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January 2019

Marlborough College Malaysia, Jalan Marlborough, 79200 Iskander Puteri, Johor, Malaysia



Member - Full two day conference (including dinner) and marking of submitted assignments for certification = £500

Non-member - Full two day conference (including dinner) and marking of submitted assignments for certification = £550


Friday 11 January, Day 1

10:00                    Arrival and registration

10:30                    Welcome & course introduction

  • Introductions by the Course Director, Andrew Lewin, BSA Director of Training & International
  • Course expectations

10:45                      The boarding context

  • 'Compliance': exploring duty of care and safeguarding responsibilities
  • 'Quality': what does 'excellent' boarding look like?
    • exploring elements of high quality pastoral care and how schools can meet the needs of their boarders to the highest standard

11:30                      Refreshments

12:00                      Creating a “culture of wellbeing” throughout the school

  • Creating and embedding a culture of wellbeing for both pupils and staff, developing self-esteem and resilience
  • Why students are vulnerable and what risks they face
  • Exploring how good communication, policy and practice protects students and supports the adults working in a boarding environment

13:00                      Lunch and school boarding tour

14:00                      Health body, healthy mind

  • How can we support the physical and mental health of our boarders and be fair in the demands we place on staff?

15:00                      Modules

 Module 1 – Building an effective team (looking at aspects of an effective and developing strengths, skills and experience within a team)

 Module 2 – Medical Matters 1 (medical policies, practices, procedures and protocols, and the management and administration of medicines)                    

16:00                      Keynote address: “The fundamentals” = positive mindset, resilience, compassion, sleep and companionship

       Chris Seal, Principal, Shrewsbury International, Bangkok                                               

17:15                      Close of conference training

19:00                      Dinner at Marlborough College Malaysia



Saturday 12 January, Day 2

09:30                      Knowing your role

  • Understanding your own qualities, strengths and weaknesses
  • Clarifying roles and responsibilities with the boarding environment
  • Working effectively and safely; looking at boarding policies, procedures, practices and communication protocols

10:30                      Managing international students

  • Cultural identity and how does cultural difference manifest itself in schools?
  • Culture shock and how does induction and integration play a part in ameliorating the impact?
  • What is an effective induction programme for international students?

11:30                      Refreshments

12:00                      Modules

 Module 3 – Managing expectations (exploring the expectations of students and staff within your school, and creating a partnership with parents)

                               Module 4 – Medical Matters 2 (assessment of minor illness and injuries, and medical issues and concerns)

13:00                      Lunch and school boarding tour

14:00                      Listening to the students

  • The role of the pupil voice in supporting and informing development of boarding priorities
  • Developing strong peer support and mentoring programmes

15:00                      Course assignment

  • Course assignments and relevant assessment criteria
  • The process of action research and the nature of the assignment task               

16:00                      Plenary & next steps to completing your Certificate

  • The next stage towards a professional certificate in Boarding for delegates
  • Conference feedback                                            

17:00                      Close of conference training




Conference speakers:


Keynote speaker

Chris Seal, Principal, Shrewsbury International School Bangkok

Chris Seal spent two decades living and working in boarding schools. As tutor at Woodbridge, Housemaster at Trent College, Deputy Head at Licensed Victuallers’ Ascot and latterly Deputy Head at Millfield, he also experienced boarding from close range. Chris was a BSA certificate and then diploma tutor over a ten year period and, combined with consultancy in Malaysia, China and South Korea, has always enjoyed the opporutnity to support colleagues in boarding.

Looking back, these consultancies were to pave the way for a move to Bangkok in 2017 to take up the role of Principal at Shrewsbury International School. Now physically out of boarding, Chris’ support of boarding is undimmed as he is now bringing the boarding ethos to a highly selective day school.

Conference Director

Andrew Lewin, Director of Training & International, BSA

Andrew joined the BSA team as Director of Training & International in August 2017. He manages the Training and International team within the BSA and delivers the largest CPD programme to boarding staff in the world. Prior to joining the BSA, he lived and worked in boarding schools literally his entire life. He has been the Head in three boarding schools, as well as Deputy Head, Housemaster, head of Geography, Master i/c Rugby, Hockey and Cricket, Appeal Director and Director of Development.

He has been an ISI Team Inspector and a Governor of an independent boarding school. He has also served on the local safeguarding children’s boards in North Yorkshire and Cheshire where he organised and delivered trianing for both local authorities and independent schools.




Magnus Cowie, Deputy Head Pastoral, Marlborough College Malaysia

Magnus is Deputy Head Pastoral at Marlborough College Malaysia, responsible for overall leadership of all pastoral care across the whole school including Prep, Senior and Boarding. From 1996-2018 he worked at Trent College, initially as Director of Computer Systems and, from 2004, Deputy Head Pastoral and Head of Boarding, as well as various other roles including Acting Head of Trent.

He has been an ISI inspector for almost 20 years covering inspection of educational quality, compliance, baording and international schools. He also worked as an ISI consultant, was previously Head of Department in schools in Kenya and Scotland and worked as Education Infrastructure Project Officer for four years through the UK Department for International Development seconded to the Seychelles Department for Education.

Nick Eatough, Head of Senior School, Marlborough College Malaysia

Nick has accumulated 21 years of teaching, management and leadership experience in both the independent and maintained sectors. A UCL History graduate, he went on to complete his PGCE in 1997-98 and subsequently, an MA in History between 2007-2008. He has been at Marlborough College Malaysia since 2015. Before this, Nick spent seven years at Millfield, initially as Head of History, before becoming Housemaster in one of the boys’ boarding houses. Earlier in his career, he was Head of Department and Head of House at a leading maintained school in Berkshire. Nick also has experience in Prep School education deriving from a three year post at New College School, Oxford.

During his career he has broadened his experience thorugh participation with the National College for School Leadership and through work as an examiner and team leader for the Edexcel exam board. He lives on the College campus with his wife and two children.


Marlborough College Malaysia, Marlborough College Malaysia, 79200 Iskander Puteri, Johor, 79200 Iskander Puteri, Malaysia