Conference on Boarding and Student Well-being - Thriving in a Changing World
27th February 2015

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

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