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27 Sep
Induction training for GAP and Graduate assistants
27 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019

Induction training for GAP and Graduate assistants


Date: September 27, 2019

Venue: Hotel London Kensington, 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: GAP assistants, Graduate assistants


Why should you attend?

GAP and Graduate assistants working in boarding schools need to understand their professional responsibilities working with children and young people. Having just finished their own education, it is vital that delegates can make a successful transition to joining a staff team and being responsible for the education and wellbeing of others.



This day seminar offers an essential insight into life in a boarding environment and will help delegates to work effectively and safely. Delegates will receive up to date training on all aspects of safeguarding, as well as building confidence in supporting boarders. Through a mixture of training and discussion, they will cover the 'essential' skills to working in a boarding environment.



  • What is Safeguarding? – the legal framework, responsibilities and child protection
  • Meeting the needs of boarders – an understanding of the issues boarders face and how to support them through effective pastoral care
  • The international context – cultural identity, diversity and shock
  • What can go wrong? – discussion about potential pitfalls to avoid.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Safeguarding is of the highest priority in boarding schools and GAP and Graduate assistants are an integral part of keeping children safe. A fundamental knowledge of safeguarding and child protection is vital to all who work with children and young people. Looking after boarders requires a good understanding of their needs and how to help to meet them effectively in the boarding environment. To deliver high quality pastoral care, working as part of a team is important; equally delegates must know what is expected of them and, with relatively little experience they need an insight into some of the pitfalls that they might face.


Outcomes and resources:

GAP/Graduate assistant workbook with additional information to refer to throughout their year in boarding.



Speaker: Andrew Lewin, BSA Director of Training & International

Andrew Lewin joined the BSA as Director of Training & International in August 2017. He manages the Training and International team within the BSA, delivering the largest CPD programme to boarding staff in the world. Prior to joining the BSA, he lived and worked in boarding schools literally all his life. He has been the Head in three boarding schools, as well as Deputy Head, Housemaster, Head of Geography, Master i/c Rugby, Hockey and Cricket and Director of Development.

He has been an ISI Team Inspector and a Governor of an independent boarding school. He has also served on the local safeguarding children's boards in North Yorkshire and Cheshire, where he organised and delivered training for both local authorities and independent schools.



Hotel London Kensington (Melia), Hotel London Kensington (managed by Melia), 61 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4PE, United Kingdom