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The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) champions boarding and promotes boarding excellence.
The BSA represents over 560 independent and state boarding schools in the UK and overseas.
BSA services include professional development, government relations, communications, media, publications, conferences, training and events.
The BSA exists to:
• Champion boarding and promote boarding excellence
• Help member schools provide the best quality of boarding education and meet the highest standards of welfare for boarders by providing a comprehensive programme of professional development for all staff and governors of boarding schools
• Conduct appropriate research and produce regular publications on boarding issues and good practice in boarding
• Liaise with other bodies concerned with boarding – the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the Independent Schools Council, the Scottish Council for Independent Schools, Ofsted etc
• Engage in a regular dialogue with government on boarding issues
• Provide a platform informing parents and prospective boarders of the benefits of twenty-first century boarding and offer a conduit to individual member schools for further enquiry
• Forge links with associations of boarding schools worldwide
• Speak for boarding in today’s world.
Membership is open to all schools with boarders which are members of Associations within the Independent Schools Council (ISC), to schools in membership of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), and also to state boarding schools. Membership may also be offered to boarding schools overseas at Associate or Affiliate level. Please contact Chris Ryan, Membership and Marketing Manager (chris@boarding.org.uk) for further details. Current membership comprises over 550 schools (full boarding, weekly/flexi boarding, or day schools with boarding provision; co-educational or single-sex; preparatory or secondary).
Support for Schools
The Professional Development Programme
The BSA has established a Professional Development Programme for all staff working in boarding schools. These BSA courses lead to validated Certificates of Professional Practice in Boarding Education. There is a programme of Day Courses on a range of topics including Child Protection, Anti-Bullying strategies, the role of GAP Assistants, Boarding Legislation and Good Practice and Boarding Governance.
Individual courses and INSET tailored to the particular needs of a school or group of schools is also offered. BSA training is available to all staff who work in boarding schools and to the Governors of boarding schools.
BSA Training Programmes are also used by schools and boarding associations throughout the world.
Residential Conferences
Conferences are held annually for:
Boarding House Staff
Deputy Heads & Heads of Boarding
MAGIC – Marketing, Admissions, Guardianship and International Conference
State Boarding Schools
Nurses & Matrons
These include:
Running a School Boarding House – A Legal Guide for Housemasters and Housemistresses
Duty of Care
Parenting the Boarder
Being a Boarder
Mirror Mirror – Reflections on Boarding Practice 2014
Truly World Class
Boarding Briefing Papers – are published at regular intervals on matters concerning boarding legislation and good practice
National Boarding Standards
The Association liaises with the Department for Education, Ofsted, and the Independent Schools Inspectorate on the inspection of boarding schools under the National Minimum Standards for Boarding schools in England and Wales, and the Care Commission in Scotland.
Liaison with National Bodies
The Association meets regularly with the Department for Education to discuss issues concerned with boarding. It also liaises with Local Government, ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate), Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education), CEAS (Children’s Education Advisory Service) and all the national educational organisations.
At the Annual General Meeting, held at the Heads’ Annual Conference, Officers of the Association are elected together with the Executive Committee. The Honorary Treasurer is usually a Bursar from a member school.
Chief Executive
Robin Fletcher, Email: robin@boarding.org.uk
The Boarding Schools’ Association
4th Floor, 134–136 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SA
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