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Certificate in Professional Practice – Headship

30 April 2025 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Certificate in Professional Practice – Headship

New 24/25 course dates added!

Dates for this Module are:

  • Day 1:   April 30th, 2025
  • Day 2:   June 17th, 2025
  • Day 3:   July 4th, 2025


Timings for each study day: 10:00am – 15:30pm BST

All study days will be held online via Zoom

The BSA Certificate in Boarding Headship is a new, BSA-accredited certificate course for School Heads new to boarding or who would like to extend their knowledge of the sector.

This three-day course covers a broad range of topics including:

  • Structure
  • VAT in boarding
  • Boarding numbers
  • The boarding balance : Planning your boarding to get the right balance between full and part time,  UK and International
  • Historical and current data
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Staffing
  • Visas
  • Guardians
  • Boarding House management
  • UK policies applicable to boarding
  • Keeping boarders safe
  • Managing risk
  • Meeting inspection standards
  • Managing Governor oversight

On completion delegates also get three complimentary video calls with a member of the BSA Group Leadership Team.

The BSA Certificate in Boarding Headship sits alongside BSA’s highly successful accredited certificate courses, which include the BSA Advanced Certificate in Pastoral Care and Boarding Management and the BSA Diploma in Boarding Practice for Leadership.

Speakers on this certificate course are:

Robin Fletcher, Chief Executive, BSA

Robin Fletcher, MBA, MPhil, MTIOB, joined BSA Group in 2014 after holding senior media and communications roles. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff Metropolitan University and a Corporate Board member of Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation. A former boarding school governor, Robin is also an examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists and a member of the Reader Panel at Royal United Hospital, Bath. In 2020, Robin authored A Culture of Care – the benefits of boarding and future risks, published by BSA Group.



Aileen Kane, Deputy CEO & COO, BSA

Aileen is Deputy CEO & COO of BSA Group. She leads operations at BSA Group and works closely with members to provide guidance and training. Aileen also works with government departments, local authorities and other agencies to support members and heads up the group’s work to find places for refugee children escaping from conflict countries.



Kate Hollyer, Legal and Public Affairs Director, BSA

Kate is Legal Director of BSA Group and Director of BSA Legal Services Ltd. As a qualified solicitor with more than 10 years’ experience advising clients on UK immigration law, Kate assists members with all immigration and safeguarding legal matters. Prior to joining BSA in 2022 Kate was Partner and Head of Department at a leading full-service UK law firm. Having resided in state, preparatory and senior school boarding houses since 2014 with her Housemaster husband, Kate has a unique perspective of boarding life.

Dale Wilkins, Senior Director, BSA and BSA Group

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards. In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s training programme, including both day seminars and accredited training courses. Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter and has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our international members.

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner. After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002. Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit, which was updated in 2022.

Dates for this Module are:

  • Day 1:   April 30th, 2025
  • Day 2:   June 17th, 2025
  • Day 3:   July 4th, 2025

All study days will be held online via Zoom


NB: Please be aware that it is crucial to remain on your assigned course path and tutor group to gain the very best out of your training. Of course, we understand some things are unavoidable however we cannot guarantee alternative placement days, and this may incur an admin charge


30 April 2025
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Event Category:


The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA)
+44 (0) 20 7798 1580
View Organiser Website


Online – Zoom