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17 Mar
Partnership with boarding parents
17 Mar 2020 - 17 Mar 2020

Partnership with boarding parents


Date: March 17, 2020

Venue: Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1PE

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Head of Boarding, Boarding staff, Medical staff, Admissions/Development staff


Why should you attend?

All boarding staff are likely to have to communicate with parents, carers or guardians. This day seminar is designed to enhance the confidence and understanding of boarding staff in how be confident and professional in working with parents in supporting the children and young people in their care.


Delegates will explore how to build professional relationships with parents, how to manage the arrival of new boarders, how to communicate effectively with parents and how to manage expectations.



10 – 10:30        Tea/Coffee on arrival

10:30                Welcome and Introduction

10:35                Session 1 – Components of a productive partnership – building professional relationships

11:30                Tea/Coffee

11:45                Session 2 – Managing transition – managing the recruitment and induction process to ensure a successful integration

12:45                Lunch

13:30                Session 3 – Communication – considering global and digital communication practices

14:30                Tea/Coffee

14:45                Session 4 – Managing expectations – dealing with conflict and setting boundaries

15:30                Close


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

The school / home partnership forms the central relationship in a boarders’ educational journey. it is vital that boarding staff are confident in managing the expectations of parents both from the UK and overseas. Effective pastoral care is all about people and there is no aspect of boarding that does not involve communication. Transition to a new environment can be the source of stress and making sure this is managed smoothly and effectively is the key to successful settling in. Inevitably, there are times when potentially difficult situations arise and delegates can discuss how to deal effectively with 'conflict'.


Outcomes and resources:

Delegates attending the will explore and discuss different aspects of their role and relationships with parents. They will feel more confident when communicating and dealing with parents.


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.


Wycombe Abbey School, Wycombe Abbey School , High Wycombe , HP11 1PE, United Kingdom