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Leading a Boarding Team
24 Jun 2020 - 24 Jun 2020

Leading a Boarding Team


Date: June 24, 2020

Audience: Head of Boarding, Deputy Head with Boarding responsibilities, Senior Boarding staff


Why should you attend?

This day seminar should be attended by anyone already managing or aspiring to manage a boarding house or a boarding team. Running a boarding house requires leadership and managements skills that bring together staff into a cohesive team, to give a high quality experience for the boarders and their parents. Individual houses will have their own character and, equally, a cohesion is required throughout school. Clear vision and a sound understanding of ‘what good looks like’ are vital ingredients to success. This course will provide discussion and practical ideas of ways in which to achieve a well-run and thriving boarding environment.


The day seminar looks at the skills of leadership and management. Delegates will explore leadership styles and reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses. Building an effective team takes clear vision and a good understanding of the different skills required to create a successful and high-performing team. Effective pastoral care is all about people and there is no aspect of boarding that does not involve communication. What causes you to waste time? How can you make time (including for yourself)?



  • Looking at leadership – skills and styles
  • Building an effective team – developing skills and communication
  • Time management – being efficient and effective
  • Successful leadership – putting it all into practice.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

For those working in a boarding environment, this day seminar is aimed at exploring the fundamental elements of managing a boarding environment. Whether you are already in the job or aspire to take up the challenges, this will give you a very practical insight into the role of building and working with a team, so vital to delivering high quality pastoral care.

Outcomes and resources:

Delegates will discuss all aspects of running and managing a boarding environment. Leadership style questionnaire.


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

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.


Virtual day seminar