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Supporting new staff – preparing staff induction around your international community

  • Date: June 17, 2024
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member – £50, BSA member – £65, BSA Member additional attendee – £30, BAISIS Member additional attendee – £20, Non-member – £130
  • Audience: Boarding staff, Pastoral staff, Activities Coordinators, all practitioners working in boarding communities with international students
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar

Content overview:

This webinar will consider areas to cover within the induction and beyond for staff new to working with international students, by looking at ways staff can help students settle in, as well as how to adapt their practices in the classroom to cater for international students. The session is designed to be a practical walk through of how to help new staff quickly become au fait with the international students they will have, by providing suggestions on:

  • Induction process – some key focus areas to cover off
  • Practical tips to share with new staff as to how they can help those with English as a second (at least!) language in the classroom or boarding house
  • Guidance on how to help staff settle quickly into an environment with a number of nationalities and cultures, so that they can help students do the same.



James Kidd, Senior Vice Principal & DSL, DLD College London

James is currently the Senior Vice Principal and DSL at DLD College London, having joined in September 2020, initially to look after the boarding aspect of the school – where over 50 nationalities live on site. He is responsible for the pastoral life of the school, looking after boarding, the house system, wellbeing and health care and the co-curricular life of the school. Prior to joining DLD College, James spent 14 years at St John’s School, Leatherhead, where he was Assistant Head (Boarding and Co-Curricular), having been both a Head of Department and Housemaster of the largest boys’ boarding house in the school before this. Outside of this, he is Chair of Governors at a special school in the state sector, and a team manager for the Surrey Schools’ Athletics Team. James is currently studying for an EdD, focusing on coaching and culture.