Skip to main content

BSA & BAISIS - Supporting international boarders in UK boarding schools

  • Date: May 16, 2025
  • Time: 10:30 – 15:30
  • Cost: Full member – £175, BSA Affiliate Member – £250, Non-member – £350
  • Audience: Boarding staff, Heads of Boarding, Deputy Head (Pastoral)
  • Platform: Zoom (online)

Course Outline:

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

The course will also look at the importance of links, not only between boarding and academic staff, but also with the marketing team. Recent issues highlighted nationally, such as mental health, alternative medicines and the role of SEN, will also be considered. Delegates will be able to better understand the needs of international boarders and help schools to develop their provision and support to best effect. Delegates will leave with a set of tools to help their international boarders. This will be at least partly based on an improved understanding of what it feels like to be an international student thousands of miles from home.

Training topics will include:

  • Present ‘issues’ (and their solutions) and best practice recommendations around supporting international boarders
  • Considering what it means to be an international student in the UK, including interactive challenges to experience some of the obstacles international students face
  • Culture shock, cultural differences and exploring ways to embrace a rich mixture of cultures and traditions
  • Induction and integration
  • Why international boarders can benefit the whole school population.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of what it means to be an international student in the UK, and the challenges they could face daily
  • Best practice recommendations for induction, integration and providing ongoing support
  • Increased confidence in understanding and supporting international students in boarding and addressing their specific needs.