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17 Oct
Boarding essentials (Europe)
17 Oct 2019 - 17 Oct 2019

Boarding essentials


Date: October 17, 2019 

Venue: Brillantmont International School, Avenue Secretan 16, Lausanne, CH-1005

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: New boarding staff, residential tutors, summer school staff, support staff


Why should you attend?

Whether you are just starting out in Boarding, or want to refresh your skills, this is a seminar designed to help develop your understanding of working in the boarding environment. The role is extremely rewarding but is becoming increasingly demanding, and the skills required to work with boarders are growing all the time.

With a strong emphasis on safeguarding, you will look at the latest legislation and guidance, alongside the challenges and issues that you will face. At the BSA, we have years of experience and this seminar will help you to think about and discuss good practise. This seminar will help you to work safely and effectively with boarders.


To give boarding practitioners a better understanding of working in boarding, through discussing the latest theoretical and practical aspects of the role. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss best practice and to understand their statutory responsibilities, as well as receiving expert guidance on support boarders.




10 – 10:30        Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30                Welcome and Introduction

10:35                Session 1 – Safeguarding and National Standards - looking at the latest statutory guidance and the standards that underpin boarding

11:30                Tea/Coffee

11:45                Session 2 – Meeting the needs of boarders - looking at how the needs of boarders are met within the boarding environment 

12:45                Lunch

13:30                Session 3 – Supporting boarders - looking at the wellbeing of boarders and how they can be supported in making good choices around the risks they face

14:30                Tea/Coffee

14:45                Session 4 – Looking after yourself - looking at the work/life balance and how to maintain your effectiveness

15:30                Close


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

It is vital for the strength of the sector that the pastoral care that is given to the children and young people in boarding schools is of the highest quality. The BSA offers a solid pathway of professional development for all practitioners working with boarders. If you are just starting out on this rewarding journey then you need to have as much insight into the role as possible so that you can support the boarders in your care.

Outcomes and resources:

Delegates will be more confident in their work and will have had the opportunity to discuss situations that they face on a day to day basis within their role.



Speaker: Andrew Lewin, BSA Director of Training & International

Andrew Lewin joined the BSA as Director of Training & International in August 2017. He manages the Training and International team within the BSA, delivering the largest CPD programme to boarding staff in the world. Prior to joining the BSA, he lived and worked in boarding schools literally all his 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 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 training for both local authorities and independent schools.


Brillantmont International School, Lausanne, Brillantmont International School, Avenue Secretan 16, Lausanne, 1005, United Kingdom