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Preparing staff induction and training into an international community

  • Date: May 14, 2025
  • Time: 12:30 – 13:30
  • Cost: BAISIS member – £55, BSA member – £75, Member additional attendee – £25, Non-member – £110
  • Audience: SLT/SMT, Deputy Head, Head of Boarding, International Student Coordinator, Head of Department, Line Managers, pastoral and academic staff supporting international students
  • Platform: Zoom (online)

Course Outline:

When we talk about induction, focus and emphasis is generally on a good induction system for our students. New staff should recieve similar attention, and they should not be expected to be familiar with the nuances and variations that make our schools the unique places they are. This is especially true and important in schools with a diverse population, staff and student. Do you do enough to prepare staff joining your school to navigate your international population successfully?

This webinar will explore strategies to seamlessly integrate new staff into an international community with a diverse student population from various nationalities. Delegates will be invited to consider how to support induction around cultural diversity, navigating variations in social and cultural norms including diet and approaches to health/medication, to support an informed welcome to the school.

Training topics will include:

  • Understanding cultural diversity: recognising differences, addressing potential challenges, fostering inclusivity and building cultural competence
  • Understanding approaches to diet, health and wellbeing: addressing diverse dietary preferences, processes around international medication management, fostering wellbeing
  • Cultural sensitivity: body language, cross-cultural communications, time zones, communication preferences, engaging parents/guardians
  • Community engagement: methods to get involved in extracurricular and community events, participation in cultural celebrations and activities.

Learning outcomes:

  • Enhanced understanding of cultural differences, including communication style, diet and health
  • Awareness and sensitivity towards cultural variations and understanding how to encourage integration in the school community and processes
  • Strategies and techniques for creating an inclusive environment and fostering engagement across the community.