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“Outduction” – preparing students for life after school

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Date: May 01, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 – 15:30
  • Cost: BSA Full Member – £155, BSA Affiliate Member – £230, Non-member – £310
  • Audience: Deputy Head Pastoral, Head of Boarding, Boarding staff, all staff working with senior pupils
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – Day Seminar

Course outline:

This seminar will help boarding and academic staff understand the concerns senior students will have when they leave school and, building on this understanding, develop a final year programme to support these students in having the best possible life experience when they leave to face their futures.

When we induct students into our schools, we give them a great deal of help and support to settle in and make the best of their time with us. When they leave us, do we give them as much help and support to manage the transition from the school (where their needs are being met by a dedicated team of professional and caring individuals), to the next phase where they must begin fending for themselves?

It is essential we consider the ongoing success and wellbeing of our students, alongside their academic successes and the impact these will have on life after school.

By the end of the session, delegates should have a better understanding of what the needs of school leavers are, and have developed an initial “Outduction” plan for your school.

Training topics will include:

  • Meeting students’ needs post school – this session will investigate the needs of students who are leaving school (managing time, relationships and finances) and the potential pitfalls they might encounter along the way
  • The Six Human Needs model – this session will investigate why students behave the way they do when they leave school and then ways in which staff can put some certainty into an uncertain world for them after school
  • Developing an “Outduction” programme – this session will involve working in groups to develop an initial school “Outduction” programme to suit the needs of your students and your environment
  • Continuation of group work – the training day will finish with a collation of all the points raised in the group work to share, review and take away

Learning outcomes:

  • An increased understanding of the specific needs of senior students leaving the school community, and why students behave the way they do
  • An increased understanding of the soft skills required on leaving school
  • A draft “Outduction” programme bespoke to your students and school.


Mark Robinson, BSA Senior Consultant

Mark has a Product Design Degree from Brunel University and a PGCE. His first post in independent education was as Assistant Master at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham where he held several positions including Assistant Housemaster to a junior boy’s boarding house. After five years he moved on to Ardingly College in West Sussex as a Head of Department and Housemaster to a joint day and boarding house. Mark has been an inspector on boarding inspections, an Assistant Housemaster to a girls’ boarding house and fully involved in teaching up to ‘A‘ Level.

In 2002 Mark gave up teaching to set up Mentor Education Services Ltd, a business offering education-related consultancy services to the independent sector, initially training, interview coaching and professional development but also marketing and pre-inspection to schools both in the independent and maintained sector.

Mark was appointed as Assistant Director of Training for the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2010, where he continued offering training and consultancy to independent and state schools both in the UK and around the world. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy Head Pastoral at Collège du Léman in Switzerland, a large international boarding and day school. After gaining some further, valuable international experience, Mark returned to the UK to continue his training and consultancy in the Independent and state school sectors.


May 1
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA)
+44 (0) 20 7798 1580
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Virtual – Zoom
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