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The BSA's Programme of Professional Development and Training is the most comprehensive CPD package offered to staff in boarding schools, and includes a series of professional development Certificate courses specifically designed to meet the practical needs of boarding staff and provide a internationally recognised qualification in Boarding Education.
The BSA Advanced Certificate in Professional Development
This is a two year modular course is aimed specifically at staff working in and around boarding. Over the last 20 years approx. 2000 House tutors, Matrons, School Nurses, Assistants, House Parents and HsMs have completed this Award.
Non- graduates complete at HE1 level and graduates at HE3 level. The key difference lies in the end of module assignment. The Course is arranged in 2 parts as follows:
Part 1: Pastoral Care Module
and one of these:
Part 2: Boarding Management or Health & Development or Nursing Issues
Students will normally commence on a Part 1 course and then follow on to a Part 2 Module; the choice of the latter is likely to be dependant on your role in boarding.
What does this course cover?
This course is taken by both graduate teaching and non-graduate house staff, including matrons, assistant house staff and house parents, with responsibility for the care and welfare of boarding pupils. The course sessions will broadly cover the following areas:
- Organisation and communication in a boarding school; Outcomes for boarders; adolescent development; eSafety issues and challenges
- Major legislation as it affects life in a boarding school; safeguarding issues; National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools; The Boarding Team; working with parents
- Conflict resolution; counselling skills; structures for managing crises and stress in boarding schools;
- Emotional and mental health issues; bereavement, loss and divorce
- Nursing Issues and physical matters; relationships;
- A consideration of some of the challenges that young people face as they develop.
How will this course help me to develop personally and professionally?
At Level HE1, in successfully completing the course you will:
● be able to evaluate and have a clear appreciation of the personal and professional needs and skills involved in your boarding role;
● develop greater knowledge and understanding of the issues covered in the syllabus;
● develop, through support and guidance, the range of personal strategies you use to resolve relevant welfare concerns for your pupils;
● develop your ability to reflect critically on your work and evaluate the need for change or action;
● develop your study and planning skills and your ability to analyse reading and reference material;
● be able to communicate and defend your views and opinions orally and in writing;
● develop, wherever possible, your ICT expertise and an ability to access electronic information sources.
In addition, at Level HE3, successful completion of the course will enable you to:
● develop a clear vision of the school's management strategies for providing good pastoral care;
● develop your study and time management skills and your ability to analyse reading and a wide range of reference sources;
● develop, wherever possible, your ICT expertise and your ability to access electronic information sources.
How is the course organised?
The course is organised around a combination of intensive study days and/or residential conferences which contain a variety of teaching methods and opportunities to learn in different ways short lectures, presentations and discussions led by students, together with group problem solving exercises and case studies. Group discussion is a particularly important aspect of this module, enabling you to look at the theory in the light of your own practical experience. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas, opinions and questions, take responsibility for your own learning and, by sharing, to contribute to the learning of the group as a whole.
There are some 13 courses running at any one time; 5 or 6 of the Pastoral Care and Boarding Management which are run in London and regionally; and one of Health & Development and Nursing Issues run in London. Since September 2015 we have a European courses based in Switzerland.
Course Attendance and Costs
Each Part of the Course costs £600.
NB: that all participants are required to attend all five study days for any given course. If you wish to transfer to an alternative study day, please contact Liz McDonald at email@example.com with your request, please note that all changes will incur an administration fee of £50 per day.
The cost to participants from schools not in membership of BSA will be £730.
If cancelling 4 weeks before Day 1 of the course, a refund will be given. Cancellation after this period and before Day 1, a charge of £120 will need to be made.
If cancelling once the course has started then a registration fee plus the number of days attended will need to be paid.
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CREDIT: Image header taken from BSA member school Merchiston Castle School
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