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Advanced Cert (Pupil Welfare & Support)


BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (Pupil Welfare & Support)


School matrons form a key part of the safeguarding and pastoral care framework within our schools however staff CPD opportunities seldom focus on the key areas to support their professional development. As part of a refocus of the training available through the BSA, we can now offer a standalone Professional Practice Certificate for school pastoral staff.

This course will link professional practice with current research and best practice to provide a unique opportunity for school matron, whether working in relative isolation or as part of the House team, to development their knowledge, skills and practice across a wide range of the key current themes/topics most relevant to their role. In addition, there will be a linked research project which will provide the chance to focus on a specific aspect in more detail.

Course Outline:

The course will consist of 4 separate Study Days spread over a full academic year. The sessions on each study day will be a mixture of presentations often with an external expert, and group discussions.

·                   Study Dates for this course are:  November 18, 2019 - January 14, 2020 - March 12, 2020 - May 12, 2020

Sessions for this course include:

o   Introductions, Course Assignment & The Reflective Learning Model

o   Growth & development in children and young people

o   Understanding adolescence

o   Promoting wellbeing

o   Sex & Relationship Education

o   Society and Children’s behaviour

o   Supporting Children with Learning/Additional Needs

o   Children at risk

o   Bereavement, Loss & Divorce

o   Course Assignment & Reflection

Course Assignment:

 The course assignment provides course students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of particular relevance to their school/role. This can range from ‘supporting overseas student; a complex pastoral need such as diabetes; working with a student/boarder who is self-harming; health promotion models; to a student guide to accessing specific support for an emotional health issue.

The assignment will take the form of a 2500 – 3000 word written project which can be a resource pack, an essay or a report which must be submitted by 31st July. These will be assessed by the course tutor and the results published/certificates issued in the early Autumn.

Other details:

Location – Kensington Park School, London

Timings for each study day – 10.30 to 3.30; coffee from 10 am, lunch provided

Cost - £650 which covers all 4 study days, assignment marking, certificates and Accredited Boarding Practitioner Status.  Find out more about The BSA Accredited Boarding Practitioner Scheme Here

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