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27 Apr
Children at Risk and supporting children with additional/ learning difficulties
27 Apr 2017 10:30 - 27 Apr 2017 15:30


Children at Risk and supporting children with additional/ learning difficulties 


Date: April 27, 2017

Why you should attend: Increasingly, boarding schools are facing more demanding and complex behaviour from students. Whether this relates to alcohol and drugs or depression and self-harm, staff need to be aware of how best to respond to them. This workshop will explore, using case studies, how pastoral staff can provide a safe, secure and supportive environment to help these youngsters get the most out of their time in boarding.

Outline programme:

Morning session - Children at Risk

  • Depression/ self-harm
  • Alcohol/ Illegal Drugs
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bed-wetting.

Afternoon session – Supporting children with additional needs/ learning difficulties



Melanie Nicholls, BSA Tutor 

I have been working with the BSA for 8 years as a Tutor on the Health and Development module, which; I believe strongly enhances the 24/7 pastoral care and support needs that today’s boarding families rightfully expect. I have been lucky enough to work within vibrant boarding communities (both single sex and mixed) for over 16 years as a Housemistress. As a Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer, my constant aim is that good practice in this area should be central to all our practices and embedded throughout our work.  I currently additionally hold the post of Local Authority Governor to a Primary School in West Sussex.

  • Children at Risk (Hilary Herson and Melanie Nicholls, BSA Course Tutors)
  • Supporting Children with Learning Difficulties (TBC)


Hilary Herson

Currently a Housemistress at a North London Independent School for girls, Hilary teaches French and co-ordinates a High Performance Tennis Programme. Her teaching career has taken her all over the world – East Africa, mainland Europe (Germany and Italy) and South America – and she has been involved in boarding schools for many years.  Originally trained as a PE teacher, Hilary played tennis at Junior Wimbledon and represented both Middlesex and Wiltshire at county level.   



 Member:  £195

Non-Member:  £235




London, International Students House, Park Crescent Conference Centre, 229 Great Portland Street, Greater London, W1W 5PN, United Kingdom