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11 Mar
Senior boarders' issues
11 Mar 2020 - 11 Mar 2020

Senior boarders’ issues


Date: March 11, 2020

Venue: Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DN

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Head of Boarding, Boarding staff, Medical staff



Why should you attend?

This day seminar should be attended by staff who support senior boarders (16+). The pressures on teenagers appear to be growing all the time as they approach young adulthood. In order to meet the boarders’ needs properly, boarding staff need a greater understanding of the risks that young people face and how to support them.



The day seminar will highlight the common issues that older teenagers face and look at how to support them as they progress towards leaving school. Managing the increase in choices that boarders will have to make as they approach the significant transition towards life after school, they may find themselves under increasing pressure and in need of support from those around them. This course is designed to help boarding staff to grow in confidence in their role.



  • Common issues for the older teen – adolescent choices, alcohol/drugs, online safety, gaming/gambling, relationships, reputation and ‘success’
  • Focused information on teenage issues – behaviours and addiction
  • Supporting teenagers – promoting resilience and making good choices
  • Sharing best practice – case studies and group discussion.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Older teenagers face an increasingly diverse set of pressures and many of them need additional support in coping with them. Certainly, they need to feel that they are in a safe environment where they can discuss the concerns that they have and build their resilience. Boarding staff have a role in helping young people to make good choices around the risks they face and, therefore, they need to have an understanding of the issues that teenagers may require.

Outcomes and resources:

Case studies



Speaker: Mark Robinson, Boarding Consultant, BSA

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 boys’ 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 inspection 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 College du Leman in Switzerland, a large international boarding and day school. After gaining some valuable international experience, Mark has returned to the UK to continue his training and consultancy in the independent and state school sectors.


Blundell's School, Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DN, United Kingdom