Training & events

Throughout the year we and trusted partners host a number of events designed to share best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students in British independent schools and English medium schools globally.

Annual conference

BSA & BAISIS virtual conference – International conference 2022

Supporting international students in independent schools: recruitment, retention, support and success.

Date: March 08, 2022

Time: 09:00 – 16:45

Cost: Full Member £185 / Additional Full Member £95 / Affiliate Member £280 / Additional Affiliate Member £120 / Non-member £370 / Full Member Whole School Rate £400

Audience: SMT/SLT, EAL, Marketing/admissions, Agents, Guardians

Platform: Zoom (online)

This annual event, organised by BSA and BAISIS, welcomes all staff working to support international students studying, and living, in British independent schools. From the point of enquiry, to their transition into university or employment, international students and their families are an important part of the boarding community in the UK. It is therefore vital that practitioners understand the specific needs of the international market at all stages of their time with us.
Conference topics include:
  • Learnings from the success of English medium schools abroad: how we can improve the UK boarding brand
  • The weekend schedule: retaining the student
  • Recruiting the community: the outlook for international student marketing and recruitment
  • Global communication
  • Visa and immigration headlines
  • Translanguaging (phase two)
  • Schools and Universities working together: a new approach to support success for UKI students
  • Support for success: international students in the classroom, the boarding house and beyond.

 

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Next meeting

BAISIS Meeting Spring Term 2021

Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free of charge

Our next termly meeting will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 19 January 2022 starting at 09.30. An invitation to join the meeting and an agenda will be circulated two weeks before the event.

Following the meeting there will be a webinar entitled ‘Supporting the Mental Health of International Pupils’ with Nicola Donson. Details below.

 

Training & events

BSA & BAISIS virtual day seminar: supporting international boarders in UK schools

Date: 30 November 2021     Time: 10.30 – 15.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS / BSA full member £135, Affiliate Member Delegate £205,  Non-member £270
Audience: Boarding staff, Heads of Boarding, Deputy Heads (pastoral)

 

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Understanding English Language Qualifications and Subsequent Planning of EAL Provision

Date: 01 December 2021     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member £40 / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Admissions and marketing staff or non-specialist academic and pastoral staff who work closely with international learners with EAL

 

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BSA/ BAISIS Training: Working with agents: best practice recommendations

Date: 08 December 2021     Time: 10.00 – 12.00
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS / BSA member £100 / Non-member £200
Audience: Admissions and marketing staff

 

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Supporting the Mental Health of International Pupils

Date: 19 January 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member FREE / BSA member £60 / BSA member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Teachers, pastoral leaders, senior leaders

 

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Sacpa and BAISIS webinar: Supporting international students: audit development

Date: 04 February 2022     Time: 09.30 – 10.30
Platform: Zoom

Cost: BAISIS / Sacpa member £6o / Member additional delegate £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Teachers, pastoral leaders, senior leaders

Course outline:

Students who travel internationally for their education are vulnerable and merit specific thought when considering and developing safeguarding and child protection policies within schools. Safeguarding concerns and vulnerabilities can range from cultural differences and parental expectations, to corresponding with an overseas agency or struggling to get support from local agencies. The development of a specific audit considering the care you provide for international students is a robust and considered way to ensure you are supporting international students in the best way you can.

Training topics include:

  1. What are the safeguarding and mental health issues international students face?
  2. Assessing the needs of your school
  3. The impact of an audit and action plan

Learning outcomes:

  1. Knowing what makes international students uniquely vulnerable boarders and learners
  2. Knowing how to find out the information you need to assess where your provision currently lies
  3. How to carry out an audit and put in to place an action plan.

Trainer: Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding) and Mental Health Lead, Wellington College

 

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School-wide Identity: crossing the nationality divide

Date: 28 February 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member £40 / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Teachers, pastoral leaders, senior leaders

 

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Meaningful Lesson Observation Feedback in the Context of EAL Learners

Date: 25 March 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member £40 / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Teachers of EAL, Heads of EAL, Heads of Departments, SENCOs

 

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Taking a Word for a Walk: strategies for teaching academic vocabulary in both depth and breadth

Date: 27 April 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member £40 / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: any subject (content) teacher looking for strategies to teach academic vocabulary

 

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Writing a Robust EAL Policy for Schools

Date: 05 May 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member FREE / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Heads of EAL

 

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Identifying and Assessing Additional Learning Needs in Pupils for whom English is an Additional Language

Date: 15 June 2022     Time: 12.30 – 13.30
Platform: Zoom
Cost: BAISIS member £40 / BSA member £60 / Member additional attendee £15 / Non-member £120
Audience: Teachers of EAL, SENCOs, mainstream subject teachers

 

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Partner events

The Boarding Schools Association offers a comprehensive programme of webinars and virtual day seminars to support pastoral staff in boarding schools.

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Together, we can define and share best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students.