A one day conference on boarding, to
be hosted by Bedales School on Wednesday 20 May 2015 will explore student
resilience and solutions to the increasing bureaucratic demands experienced by
boarding house pastoral staff.
Open to house staff, teachers with
pastoral roles, senior staff with broader responsibilities and students from
years 9 and 10, ‘Thriving in a Changing World’ features presentations by Nicola
Morgan, author of Blame My Brain, and pastoral care expert Jackie Cox.
Robin Fletcher (National Director, Boarding Schools’ Association) will set out
the challenges and opportunities facing boarding, and the conference will
consider boarding inspections from the perspective of the Independent Schools
Inspectorate (ISI). There will also be a presentation on the distinctive and
highly successful approach to boarding pioneered at Bedales.
Conference organiser and experienced
boarding housemistress Jenni Brittain commented: “Quite rightly, the resilience
of young people is a hot topic, and the day will allow staff and students alike
the opportunity to consider effective approaches. Crucially, we will also seek
to address the often overlooked issue of the effectiveness and well-being of
house staff – increasingly salient, given the ever- growing time requirement
upon us all of ensuring student safety and well-being.”
To this end, a key component of the
conference will be the launch of a new boarding management software for staff
developed by Andrew Day and Nick Rendall, who are currently Housemasters at
King Edward’s School, Witley. Andrew Day says that the software has given them
back “hours of their day”. He explained: “It is easy for house staff to become
buried in paperwork. Our new software allows staff to action, store and recall
information – including remotely – enabling them to be fully informed when
dealing with students, staff and parents. It has proven invaluable for
inspections, and has saved time that I can spend on the most important part of
the job – talking with pupils about what matters most to them.'
Attendance at ‘Thriving in a Changing
World’ costs £50 for adults and £25 for students, which includes lunch and
refreshments. Part of a series of ‘Leading Independent Thinking’ events at
Bedales, this conference is supported by the Boarding Schools’ Association. For
more information or to make a booking visit http://www.bedales.org.uk/events/20-may-2015-conference-boarding.
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