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12 Feb
Secretaries and PA's boarding update
12 Feb 2020 - 12 Feb 2020

Secretaries and PA’s boarding update


Date: February 12, 2020

Venue: Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: SMT/SLT Secretaries and PA’s


Why should you attend?

This seminar is designed for administrative staff who work alongside SMT and the boarding community. It will put boarding into context and look at the issues that boarding schools face in looking after young people. All staff require a good understanding of the responsibilities for the safeguarding and well-being of the boarders in their care from the statutory requirements to meeting the needs of each individual boarder.



The course will give delegates the opportunity to understand good practice in boarding, from policy to practice and how to support staff, boarders and parents most effectively.



  • The Boarding context, including Safeguarding and current issues
  • Understanding the needs of boarders
  • Working and communicating as a team
  • Managing difficult situations.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Successful pastoral care relies on good communication, particularly between staff, boarders and parents, and administrative staff are at the centre of this. They can be the first line of communication on so many different levels.

Outcomes and resources:

Essential policy templates and practical advice and strategies.


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.


Dulwich College, Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD, United Kingdom