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5 Dec
Better boarding provision: a seminar for Governors
05 Dec 2019 - 05 Dec 2019

Better boarding provision: a seminar for Governors

Date: December 05, 2019

Venue: ISC Offices, 27 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9BU

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Governors


Why should you attend:

This day seminar is aimed specifically at Governors with responsibility for boarding welfare and safeguarding but is also suitable for all Governors who need a more in-depth understanding around their responsibilities for safeguarding boarders. Being a Governor of a boarding school comes with ever increasing statutory responsibilities, so it is vital that Governors understand their duties and contributions, and are up to date with the latest guidance and legislation, particularly around safeguarding.


The day seminar aims to put boarding into its national and international context and give Governors a great understanding of the challenges that the boarding sector faces. Their overall responsibilities are wide ranging and a sound knowledge of the framework on which the standards are set allows the proper monitoring and scrutiny to take place. Governors may also be called upon to act in difficult situations and a firm understanding of policies and procedures will further enhance their effectiveness. Boarding staff are helping young people to make good choices around the risks they face and it is important that Governors have a good understanding of the issues that are faced on a daily basis.



10 – 10:30        Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30                Welcome and Introduction

10:35                Session 1 – The Boarding context (national and international) – pupils, staff and support

11:30                Tea/Coffee

11:45                Session 2 – Safeguarding – the legal requirement and embedding a strong culture

12:45                Lunch

13:30                Session 3 – The various roles of a Governor – monitoring professional practice, strategic development, managing allegations against staff

14:30                Tea/Coffee

14:45                Session 4 – Meeting the needs of boarders – understanding potential risks and issues

15:30                Close


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

High quality Safeguarding arrangements should be the highest priority for schools with boarders and, through its Commitment to Care Charter, the BSA is committed to supporting schools in striving for the highest standards. The clear responsibility lies with the Governing Body, so it is vital that they have a good understanding of their duties.

Outcomes and resources:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018)

National Minimum Standards for Boarding (April 2015)


Speaker: Dale Wilkins, BSA Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training

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, the annual Safeguarding Conference, the Safeguarding Forum.   He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas 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.


ISC offices, London, Independent Schools Council, 27 Queen Anne's Gate , London, SW1H 9BU, United Kingdom