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BSA & BAISIS day seminar: Supporting international boarders in UK boarding schools

  • Date: November 29, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 – 15:30
  • Cost: Full member – £155, Affiliate Member – £230, Non-member – £310
  • Audience: Boarding staff, Heads of Boarding, Deputy Heads (Pastoral)
  • Platform: Zoom (online)

Course Outline:

This interactive seminar will consider ways of integrating international students into the boarding and academic community at your school and discuss the values and issues of adopting a fully international approach.

The course will ask delegates to consider links within the school; roles, communication, and external links including relationships with parents and education guardians.

Current issues that relate to all young people, including mental health and SEND, will also be considered, but through the lens of cultural differences and awareness.

Delegates will be able to better understand the needs of international boarders and help their schools develop their provision and support to best effect. Delegates will leave with a set of tools to help their international boarders.

Training topics will include:

  • SEND
  • Culture mapping
  • Pastoral and boarding considerations
  • Mental health and global perception
  • The school environment
  • Application of learning to your own setting
  • Scenario best-practice discussions

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of what it means to be an international student in the UK and the potential cultural obstacles that may arise through providing support
  • Best practice recommendations for academic and pastoral induction, integration and providing ongoing support
  • Increased confidence in understanding and supporting international students in boarding and addressing their specific needs in your setting



Gareth Evans, Assistant Principal (Pastoral and Wellbeing), DLD College London

Gareth joined DLD College London in August 2016 as Director of Studies before being promoted to Assistant Principal (Upper School) and latterly Assistant Principal (Pastoral and Boarding ). He joined us from Strode’s College where he was Head of the Creative Arts Faculty since 2009.

Aside from his role as Assistant Principal, Gareth currently teaches Film. He has also taught Media A Level and Film Studies GCSE. Gareth is an examiner and moderator for EDUQAS. Beyond these academic commitments, Gareth is involved in several CCA’s at DLD College including Community Projects, Run Club and the Film Society.

In his free time Gareth is an avid ‘very’ amateur surfer and enjoys spending time on the beach. Gareth is a keen member of the community where he lives and was elected as District Councillor for Loxwood Ward (Chichester) in May 2019 and again in May 2023. He is also an award-winning community volunteer and was awarded a Community Builder Award by the Mayor of Newham which recognised his contribution to the local community he once lived in and continues to support. He has been involved in setting up a history society, running an oral history project in collaboration with ‘Discovering Stratford Village’, organising inter-generational disco parties, running children’s events at the local library and has been a co-presenter of East End Mystery Show on East London Radio.

Lauren Moors, Assistant Principal (Academic), DLD College London

Throughout her career, Lauren has held a number of roles ranging from Housemistress, Director of Sport and Strategy Ambassador, before switching over to become Assistant Principal (Academic) at DLD College, London. Here, she specialises in culturally mapping the environment and student wellbeing to make a cohesive, impactful education for all the students and wider community.

Aside from her role as Assistant Principal, Lauren is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and teaches Business and Economics. Away from academic commitments, Lauren is a keen advocate of DLD’s ‘Crypto-Club’, using her previous business experience to encourage young entrepreneurs for the future.

Away from DLD, Lauren separates her time between writing and health hacking. She currently writes for several local businesses, producing copy for technology, candles or reflexology firms. If she isn’t cycling in the Surrey hills, then she is open water swimming down on Branksome Beach. A self-confessed health addict, at the weekends Lauren can be found on the golf course, tennis court, enjoying cryotherapy, or scouting the latest health technology gadget. She is also a Governor for Greenfield School, Woking and has worked with several hockey clubs in the local area to produce some of our current national players.