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30 Sep
BSA virtual day seminar: Preparing for inspection - Ofsted
30 Sep 2020 10:30 - 30 Sep 2020 15:30




BSA virtual day seminar

Title: Preparing for inspection - Ofsted


Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 10:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Speaker: Dale Wilkins, Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training
Audience: Head/Principal, Deputy Head, Head of Boarding, Governor, Boarding staff, DSL


Schools have become familiar with the requirements of the regular Ofsted boarding inspection process. This virtual day seminar is aimed both at those who are familiar with the process as well as those completely new to it. The day focuses both on the process itself and preparation for forthcoming inspection visits, as well as providing relevant updates on new legislation that could impact an inspection result.

Throughout the session, information and actions will refer back to NMS 2015 and the SCCIF, Social Care Common Inspection Framework, whilst also cultivating conversation about what may change with the anticipated NMS update, and the impact this will have on inspection preparedness.

For September 2020 onwards, as well as ensuring senior leaders are familiar with the inspection process and requirements, this training will also reflect on how COVID-19 will have impacted on outcomes for children, and the related inspection evidence for this including changes to policy, procedures and practice which have been necessary.

This training is relevant and valuable regardless of where schools are in the Ofsted boarding inspection cycle.


Training day breakdown:

  • Updates to current guidance - including KCSIE 2020 and post-COVID responses
  • Preparing for inspection - gathering evidence relating to the NMS for Boarding and the SCCIF inspection framework
  • Going beyond the minimum standard - securing the best outcomes for pupils, actions that go beyond the minimum standards
  • Embedding a regular audit procedure - looking at the process of review and reflection, and establishing a long-term process beyond the inspection cycle.



Speakers: 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.


Virtual day seminar