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Boarding Schools’ Association

Membership Information 2018 - 2019

Boarding Schools’ Association The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) exists to

‘champion boarding and promote excellence’ within boarding schools.

Founded in 1966, the BSA is the world’s largest provider of boarding services and currently represents over 560

independent and state boarding schools in the UK and overseas.

BSA’s members directly provide outstanding pastoral

care to over 75,000 boarding students in the UK and thousands more in over 20 countries.

Our services include the training and professional

development of boarding staff at all levels in boarding schools, through a wide range of day seminars and

CPD courses, government relations, communications,

media, publications, conferences and events.

I hope that you find this booklet of use and I look forward to you joining us soon.

Robin Fletcher

Chief Executive, BSA

BSA Team

Chief Executive Robin Fletcher


Communications, events, publications, membership, commercial, media, finance, admin, office, HR, H&S

Training & International

Head of Safeguarding

Director of Training

Dale Wilkins

Andrew Lewin

Safeguarding, inspection, practitioner accreditation, overseas inspection, medical advice

Director of Operations*

& Standards

Aileen Kane

Events & Commercial Manager Amy Wilson

Safeguaring & Standards

Membership & Marketing Manager Chris Ryan

Day seminars, accredited training, online training, inset, consultancy, best practice papers, guidance

& International

Senior Training Manager Liz McDonald

Finance &

Training & International Manager Bethan Waddington

Administration Executive Alex Chevin Data &

Administration Co-ordinator Ananya Sitlani

AEGIS Partnership Executive Officer

Yasemin Wigglesworth BSA Nursing Advisors

Jill Hill & Jane Graham * Includes deputising for CEO

BSA Consultants

Certificate Course Director Alex Thomson OBE

BSA Membership

At the heart of all BSA member schools is the important work being done to ensure child protection

and safeguarding is the number one priority. BSA services are designed to support schools, staff and pupils, whilst continuing to develop strategies to make our schools safer. BSA member services include:

Commitment to Care Charter

Consultancy services

A core expectation of BSA membership is to support

The BSA is available to advise member schools on all

which is applicable to all member schools

boarding, the BSA can help schools both in the UK

the principles of the Commitment to Care Charter,

worldwide. The Charter requires schools to ensure

their boarding environment adopts safe practices

with the best possible outcomes for boarders, and any child protection or safeguarding concerns are referred appropriately to the relevant authorities.

Advice and guidance

The BSA offers advice and guidance on all matters

relating to boarding (including inspection, guidelines, Tier 4, medical issues, building projects, staffing etc).

Please telephone +44 (0)207 798 1580 or email and one of our experts will be on hand to assist.

aspects of a boarding education. As experts in

and overseas in a wide variety of ways. Consultancy services include:

• Benchmarking against National Minimum

Standards (in England) and national/regional variations

• Best practice in boarding

• Preparing for boarding inspection

• Policy and practice reviews

• Major development planning (including starting a new boarding school)

• Launching of boarding within a day school

• Audit, development or refurbishment of boarding accommodation

• Safeguarding/child protection audit

• Boarding development • Student visas

• Marketing boarding

• Media management • Crisis management

INSET training

The BSA offers bespoke on-site training on all

boarding matters at individual schools tailored to

• One-day conferences

Five times per year the BSA host one-day

your school’s needs. Full or half days can be

conferences to provide members with a deeper

of your choice.

Tier 4, wellbeing, sports injuries and mental

arranged for groups of varying sizes, covering topics

CPD training and events programme

BSA is the world leader in professional development

for boarding. The CPD training and events

programme offers the most comprehensive package

to staff working in boarding schools in the UK,

Europe and worldwide, including: • On-line

Our introductory online training, in association

with EduCare, serves as an initial introduction to

those working in boarding. Individual or group

packages may be purchased covering ‘An

Introduction to Boarding’ and ‘An Introduction to Boarding for International Schools’.

• Day seminars

The BSA offers more than 90 seminars for 12 to

40 delegates, covering topics such as ‘Essentials

for: Boarding’ for teachers, matrons, nurses, GAP students, graduate assistants and secretaries;

insight into specialist topics such as safeguarding, health.

• Residential conferences

Our range of annual residential conferences

aimed at individual boarding job roles focus on a contemporary theme and involve key note

speakers, breakout sessions, a formal dinner,

exhibitors and time for networking. Please visit the BSA website for exact dates:

• Annual Conference for House Staff (January)

• Annual Conference for Deputy Heads and Heads of Boarding (January)

• Annual Conference for Marketing, Admissions and Development staff (March)

• Annual Conference for Heads (May)

• Annual State Boarding Conference (June)

• Annual Conference for Nurses and Matrons (July)

‘Leading a Boarding Team’ seminars for house parents and heads of boarding; ‘Updates for

Governors’; ‘Prep School Issues’; and ‘Preparation for Inspection’. In addition, we offer a wide range

of specialised seminars, covering issues pertinent to the sector including safeguarding, mental health, gender, behaviour and GDPR and

guardianship, as well as meeting the needs of international students, senior schools,

preparatory schools, state schools, sixth form boarding and international schools.

Please visit our website

for full event details and to reserve your place.

Accredited training

BSA accredited training courses offer staff working in

Boarding briefing papers and guidance documents

to further skills and career development. With over

single topics such as ‘How to thrive at boarding

boarding an opportunity for university-style learning

16 separate accredited training courses running

throughout the year, supported by very experienced tutors and specialist presenters who cover online

cover a wide range of in-depth consideration of

school’, ‘Data Protection for Boarding Schools’ and

‘Developing the GAP assistant’s role’.

Please visit our website

safety, mental health, strategic management and

other issues critical to working within boarding.

• The Advanced Certificate Course, is a two-year

for further information.

course (five study days per year and a final

Government relations

more deeply into Pastoral Care (Part 1) and

governments and devolved administrations –

assessment assignment), enabling delegates look Boarding Management (Part 2), Health &

Development (Part 2) or Nursing Issues (Part 2).

These courses, available to house staff, matrons,

nurses and managers, offer a sound grounding and a challenging insight into best practice.

• For experienced boarding practitioners, the BSA offers further training through the Diploma

Course. This runs twice a year (three study days

and assessment assignments) and offers further

steps towards senior leadership.

• The programme also includes a Certificate in

International Boarding for those working with

young people from overseas.

Boarding briefing papers, guidance documents

and textbooks

Publications are a great complementary solution to

support your in-house boarding development needs. A range of publications are available to member schools, including textbooks such as ‘Running a

School Boarding House’, ‘Parenting the Boarder’ and ‘Mirror, Mirror – Reflections on Boarding Practice’.

The BSA engages on behalf of members with UK discussions have included regulations effecting

boarding schools. We are regularly called to advise on issues such as National Minimum Standards,

Care Inspectorate (Scotland) Estyn, CCSIW, Ofsted

inspection regimes, UKVI, BREXIT and its implications for the boarding sector.

The BSA works closely with all major educational

membership associations, as well as Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) to ensure members are informed of the latest sector developments.

Media relations

The BSA communications plan aims to ensure the

association, boarding and member schools have a

consistent, strategic, pro-active approach to media

and social media strategy. This includes national, trade, international and regional placement and coverage of boarding stories and schools. Crisis

media advice and guidance is also available upon request.

Accredited Boarding Practitioner

Accredited Boarding Practitioner status is an

individual recognition of boarding staff making a personal and professional commitment to best

boarding practice. Applicants can apply at one of


• BSA safeguarding e-newsletter (twice per term) • A postal mailing containing upcoming CPD events (termly)

four levels, depending on their boarding experience

• FREE subscription to Boarding School magazine

by a professional colleague, and then undergoes a

• BSA members receive a weekly e-newsletter

and length of service. Each application is endorsed process of quality assurance before the status is

granted. For more information, please visit


during term time which includes guidance on

legislation and all the latest news from the world of boarding. Online professional forums are also available to members.

Overseas Accreditation Scheme

Members will also receive a termly postal mailing

for boarding schools outside the UK seeking an

events, seminars, conferences and advice as well as

The BSA Overseas Accreditation scheme is designed

international kitemark of boarding quality

assurance. The scheme, based on the UK National Minimum Standards for boarding schools, is

responsive to local needs and customs. Regional and on-line forums

The BSA aims to cater for the needs of a variety of interest groups and we do so via our numerous forums which currently include: • Prep Schools

• Safeguarding

• State Boarding Forum (SBF -

• Scottish Forum

• South East Regional Forum

• South West Regional Forum • Welsh Forum

• Forum for School Nurses (online)

• Forum for School Matrons (online)

which includes details of the upcoming CPD training a copy of the sector magazine Boarding School containing submissions from industry experts, advice and comment pieces, school news, ‘for boarders by boarders’ section and the latest boarding developments.


The BSA offers the following member service to

promote individual schools to prospective parents: • Job board listing • Website listing

• Listing in the BSA Guide to Boarding, in association with Bulldog Publishing

• Use of BSA logo (according to membership status).

Additional activities

• Annual boarding awards’ ceremony • Big Boarding Sing

• Boarding Bake Off

• Boarders for Barnardo’s

• BSA Boarding Fellowship • BSA Boarding Orchard

• Centre for Boarding Education Research (CEBER) (with ABSA)

• #iloveboarding campaign • National Boarding Day

• National Boarding Week

• Stephen Winkley Boarding Achievement Award

Types of Membership

The Boarding Schools’ Association offers three types of membership:

Full UK member

Open to UK schools only.

Full UK membership is available to independent

boarding schools/colleges belonging to an official

education association (AGBIS, COBIS, GSA, HMC,

IAPS, ISA, SoH, ISBA, SCIS or another association

recognised by BSA) or a state boarding

school/college/academy. Membership suitability

may be reviewed in light of any significant events

effecting a member.

Full overseas member

Open to International schools only.

Full overseas membership is available to overseas

boarding schools/colleges who have undertaken and

passed the BSA Overseas Accreditation Scheme. OR

Boarding schools who are members of one of the

BSA approved associations (HMC, IAPS, COBIS, CIS). Affiliate member

Open to UK and international schools who have a

desire to move to UK Full or overseas member status.

Affiliate membership is available to UK or overseas schools not in membership of one of the BSA-

approved associations. Affiliate membership is

granted on the understanding the school will work

towards either full UK or full overseas membership.

Membership Subscription Rates 2018/19 UK Full Member Rates Number of boarders 0 - 30 31 - 50 51 - 100 101 - 200 201 - 300 301 - 400 401 - 500 501 - 600 601+

Rate £

380 525 620 885 1160 1475 1735 2070 2395

Overseas Member Rates Number Rate of boarders £ 0 - 30 31 - 100 101 - 400 401+

Affiliate Number of boarders

0 - 30 31 - 100 101 - 400 401+

105 310 515 820

Rate £ 50 155 260 410

Becoming a BSA member

All applicants must complete an application form and return to the BSA Membership and Marketing Manager. All applications for membership are validated by the BSA Head of Safeguarding and

Standards and then recommended to the BSA Executive Committee for approval. There are also additional requirements for the different membership categories:

Full UK membership application

Affiliate membership application

uphold ‘BSA Commitment to Care Charter’.

uphold ‘BSA Commitment to Care Charter’. Schools

Applicants will be required to sign an agreement to

To qualify, schools or colleges will be required to

submit their latest inspection documents from a BSA approved association.

Full overseas membership application

Applicants will be required to sign an agreement to will be required to send documentation relating to the nature and ethos of their boarding for

consideration by BSA. This information must include details of how the school safeguards and promotes the welfare of their boarders.

Applicants will be required to sign an agreement to

Schools applying for Affiliate status from a country

qualify, schools or colleges will be required to submit

procedure must forward copies of the most recent

uphold ‘BSA Commitment to Care Charter’. To

their latest inspection documents from a BSA approved association or to undertake a BSA Overseas Accreditation visit.

Details of the scheme for Accreditation of Overseas

Members can be found here:

which has a recognised boarding inspection

report. Other schools are required to work towards the Accreditation of Overseas Members, with the expectation that they will apply for accreditation within two years of being accepted into Affiliate membership.

Schools will be accredited subject to a visit by a BSA approved accreditor who will evaluate the boarding provision against a set of accreditation standards.

Details of the scheme and the standards can be

found here:


For more information, please email

BSA Service Fees (2018/19)


Full member

Affiliate member


Rate (2018/19) £

Rate (2018/19) £

Rate (2018/19) £


FREE – automatic

enrolment to scheme

FREE – automatic


Accredited Boarding

Level 1 - £50 (incl. VAT)

Level 1 - £50 (incl. VAT)

Level 1 - £50 (incl. VAT)

Level 3 - £150 (incl. VAT)

Level 3 - £150 (incl. VAT)

Level 3 - £150 (incl. VAT)

(UK and Overseas)

Commitment to Care


Advice and Guidance Publications

• Boarding Briefing

Papers and Guidance Documents

• Textbooks

• Being a boarder/

Level 2 - £100 (inlc. VAT)

enrolment to scheme Level 2 - £100 (inlc. VAT)

Level 2 - £100 (inlc. VAT)

Level 4 - £200 (incl. VAT)

Level 4 - £200 (incl. VAT)

Level 4 - £200 (incl. VAT)

FREE telephone and

FREE telephone and








email support

email support







• One Day Conference




• Advanced Certificate




Parenting a boarder

CPD Events

• Day Seminar


• GAP/Graduate

Assistant Seminar

• Residential Conferences courses**

• Diploma courses

• International Certificate courses

• Online EduCare * Annual registration fee of £15

See website


See website


See website




£26 + VAT

£27.50 + VAT

£30 + VAT



** Does not include International Certificate Course


Government relations

Media relations







• Weekly newsletter




• Termly mailing

FREE to:

One copy per school


One copy per school


Full day - £1,200 + VAT

Full day - £1,500 + VAT


Communications (term time only)





Deputy Head/

Head of Boarding

Bursar/HR Marketing

• Subscription to termly Boarding School magazine

Medical Centre

FREE to: Head

Deputy Head/

Head of Boarding

Bursar/HR Marketing

Consultancy Services

Full day - £1,000 + VAT

& expenses

& expenses

& expenses

& expenses

& expenses

& expenses

Half day - £700 + VAT INSET Training

Half day - £850 + VAT

Half day - £1,000 + VAT

Full day - £900

Full day - £1,200

Full day £1,500

Half day - £600

Half day - £800

Half day - £1,000

(+ expenses)

(+ expenses)

(+ expenses)

(+ expenses)

(+ expenses)

(+ expenses)


• Job Board listing

FREE, unlimited jobs

£100 per advert

£250 per advert + VAT

• Listing in the BSA




Full logo permissions


• Website listing

Guide to Boarding

FREE, real-time editing

FREE, one edit per year


in association with

Bulldog Publishing

• Use of BSA logo

Full logo permissions

Overseas Accreditation

The price for Overseas Accreditation depends on the school, location and

resources required. BSA is happy to provide a quotation for Accreditation for any interested Overseas Affiliate member school.


INSET TRAINING – bespoke training provided to a group

CONSULTANCY – Advice provided to School/College including a report. Fees are based on one BSA Trainer/Consultant using bespoke BSA Training and Accreditation Material BSA ACCREDITATION – Using BSA Accreditation (to include a Report) Additional BSA Trainer/Consultant – charged at 75%

Administration – BSA will make an additional charge of 5% on any administrative duties carried out by BSA Staff in coordinating any Training/Consultancy

Expenses – In addition to fees, BSA to be reimbursed for all reasonable travel and accommodation for a Trainer

Half Day – Up to 3 hours; Full Day – Up to 6 hours

Boarding Schools’ Association 4th Floor 134 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 9SA +44 (0)20 7798 1580

June 2018

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