The world’s first specialist Master’s Degree in Residential Education launches this September
14th August 2019

The world’s first specialist Master’s Degree in Residential Education is being launched by the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the University of Buckingham this September. The research degree is aimed at professional staff working at UK or overseas boarding schools and offers the chance to study in-depth an aspect of boarding, or residential, education.

The BSA currently delivers professional development training, inset and consultancy to more than 2,000 boarding staff every year at its 507 UK member schools and 82 schools in 26 countries overseas.

The new course means boarding staff can through BSA have a ‘Professional Pathway’ to follow on from on-line training for those new to the profession through two-day seminars, conferences, accredited certificate, diploma and the new MA degree for the more experienced.

The pathway is supported by the BSA’s existing Accredited Boarding Practitioner scheme which allows boarding staff to be recognised at one of four levels for their professional development and experience working in boarding over the course of their careers.

More than 130 boarding staff from over 70 UK schools have been recognised as BSA Accredited Boarding Professionals (ABP) since the scheme was launched in 2017, and the ABP scheme has recently been launched by BSA partner the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association for staff working in that region.

BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher said: “The BSA/University of Buckingham Masters in Residential Education is believed to be the first-ever dedicated degree course for professional boarding staff. It is a major step in the professionalising of boarding or residential education and will offer boarding staff working anywhere in the world to extend, enhance and deepen their knowledge and experience.”

Professor Barnaby Lenon, Dean of Students at the University of Buckingham and former Headmaster of Harrow School, added “We are delighted to partner with the BSA to launch this very important and ground-breaking course. Demonstrating and developing professional standards in education, particularly the care of young people in boarding or residential education, is something schools and staff must focus on more than ever and I am certain this new course will play an important part in that process.”

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