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27 Sep
Induction training for GAP and Graduate assistants
27 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019

Induction training for GAP and Graduate assistants


Date: September 27, 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, 68-86 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BT

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: GAP assistants, Graduate assistants


Why should you attend?

GAP and Graduate assistants working in boarding schools need to understand their professional responsibilities working with children and young people. Having just finished their own education, it is vital that delegates can make a successful transition to joining a staff team and being responsible for the education and wellbeing of others.



This day seminar offers an essential insight into life in a boarding environment and will help delegates to work effectively and safely. Delegates will receive up to date training on all aspects of safeguarding, as well as building confidence in supporting boarders. Through a mixture of training and discussion, they will cover the 'essential' skills to working in a boarding environment.



10 – 10:30        Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30                Welcome and Introduction

10:35                Session 1 – What is Safeguarding? - the legal framework, responsibilities and child protection

11:30                Tea/Coffee

11:45                Session 2 – Meeting the needs of boarders - an understanding of the issues boarders face and how to support them through effective pastoral care

12:45                Lunch

13:30                Session 3 – The international context - cultural identity, diversity and shock

14:30                Tea/Coffee

14:45                Session 4 – What can go wrong? - discussion about potential pitfalls to avoid

15:30                Close


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Safeguarding is of the highest priority in boarding schools and GAP and Graduate assistants are an integral part of keeping children safe. A fundamental knowledge of safeguarding and child protection is vital to all who work with children and young people. Looking after boarders requires a good understanding of their needs and how to help to meet them effectively in the boarding environment. To deliver high quality pastoral care, working as part of a team is important; equally delegates must know what is expected of them and, with relatively little experience they need an insight into some of the pitfalls that they might face.


Outcomes and resources:

GAP/Graduate assistant workbook with additional information to refer to throughout their year in boarding.



Speaker: Andrew Lewin, BSA International Director

Andrew Lewin is the International Director at BSA and is responsible for engaging with and supporting all our members outside the UK. His broad remit offers a range of services to boarding schools in the eight BSA International Regions (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, India & Nepal, East Asia, China & Hong Kong, the Americas). He has considerable experience working with boarding school staff all around the world. 

Appointed as Director of Training & International in 2017, he has lived and worked in boarding schools literally all his life. He has been the Head in three boarding schools, as well as Deputy Head, Housemaster, Head of Geography, Master i/c Rugby, Hockey and Cricket, Appeal Director and Director of Development. He has been an ISI Team Inspector and a Governor of an independent boarding school. He has also served on the local safeguarding children's boards in North Yorkshire and Cheshire where he organised and delivered training for both local authorities and independent schools.



Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, 68-86 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BT, United Kingdom