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11 Mar
Senior boarders' issues
11 Mar 2020 - 11 Mar 2020

Senior boarders’ issues


Date: March 11, 2020

Venue: Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DN

Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260

Audience: Head of Boarding, Boarding staff, Medical staff



Why should you attend?

This day seminar should be attended by staff who support senior boarders (16+). The pressures on teenagers appear to be growing all the time as they approach young adulthood. In order to meet the boarders’ needs properly, boarding staff need a greater understanding of the risks that young people face and how to support them.



The day seminar will highlight the common issues that older teenagers face and look at how to support them as they progress towards leaving school. Managing the increase in choices that boarders will have to make as they approach the significant transition towards life after school, they may find themselves under increasing pressure and in need of support from those around them. This course is designed to help boarding staff to grow in confidence in their role.



  • Common issues for the older teen – adolescent choices, alcohol/drugs, online safety, gaming/gambling, relationships, reputation and ‘success’
  • Focused information on teenage issues – behaviours and addiction
  • Supporting teenagers – promoting resilience and making good choices
  • Sharing best practice – case studies and group discussion.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

Older teenagers face an increasingly diverse set of pressures and many of them need additional support in coping with them. Certainly, they need to feel that they are in a safe environment where they can discuss the concerns that they have and build their resilience. Boarding staff have a role in helping young people to make good choices around the risks they face and, therefore, they need to have an understanding of the issues that teenagers may require.

Outcomes and resources:

Case studies



Speaker: Dale Wilkins, BSA Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards.  In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s training programme, including both day seminars and accredited training courses.  Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter, the annual Safeguarding Conference, the Safeguarding Forum.   He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas members. 

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner.  After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002.

Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit.


Blundell's School, Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 4DN, United Kingdom