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12 Nov
Diploma - Leadership
BSA Diploma in Boarding Practice (Leadership)
12 Nov 2019 - 18 May 2020

Diploma Level


This course is aimed at senior boarding staff. Candidates may have previously completed the BSA Advanced Certificate Course and/or being suitably experienced to benefit from this leadership course. If you have already completed both Certificate Course modules and would like to reserve a place then please send an e mail to 

BSA Diploma in Boarding Practice (Leadership)

The BSA Diploma course is designed as a strategic course for senior and experienced school staff looking to gain knowledge of key leadership and management skills required to lead the boarding in their school. Delegates must submit their CV to the BSA Director of Training & International to demonstrate the relevant position and experience to join the course.

Course Outline

• Strategic aspects of boarding, including the Statutory Framework

• Leading the Team – how to get the best out of the Boarding Team

• Managing Quality – evaluation and preparing for inspection

• Managing Conflict – a key facet of the senior staff role

• Staff development, appraisal and performance management

• Marketing – a whole team approach

How is the course organised?

The course is organised around a combination of 3 intensive study days 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 course, enabling delegates to look at the theory in light of their own practical experience. Students will be encouraged to contribute ideas, opinions and questions, taking responsibility for their own learning, whilst contributing to the learning of the group as a whole. The course is run by senior members of the BSA staff and will feature a serving Head of a boarding school and each delegate will have an experienced BSA Tutor who attends the study days.

Course Assessment

All delegates undertake a SWOT analysis of the boarding provision in their school in which they evaluate, in detail, different aspects and contribute towards the development of the provision. From this, they undertake 3 assignments. The first highlights an area for development and they follow this with a 4-minute presentation delivered to the BSA staff and tutors, as well as other delegates. The final assignment brings together all the work in a 3,000- 4,000 word active research project.


Study Days for this Course:

  • Day 1: November 12, 2019

  • Day 2: March 02, 2020

  • Day 3: May 18, 2020

Location: London


Numbers on the Autumn 2019- 2020 Diploma course will be limited. Please apply early, with a CV to avoid disappointment. BSA reserve the right to filter applications according to seniority and experience.

Please apply early

Application Form - Autumn Diploma 2019-2020





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