For House staff and teachers with pastoral roles, Senior leaders with boarding responsibilities, Students (Years 9 and 10)

This conference will bring together experts in adolescent psychology, experienced boarding staff and current students. Collaboration is a key feature of boarding life at Bedales; this conference will follow our successful model for events involving students and teachers which combines plenary sessions when teachers and students come together, and separate parallel workshops.

Speakers (plenary sessions for students and teachers)

The challenges and opportunities facing boarding
Robin Fletcher, National Director, Boarding Schools’ Association

Understanding adolescents and stress
Nicola Morgan, award-winning author of Blame my Brain

Teenager resilience
Jackie Cox, teacher, counsellor and trainer in pastoral care

House staff, teachers with pastoral roles and senior leaders with boarding responsibilities

Staff delegates will attend the following afternoon workshops, which will provide them with practical ideas to help improve the effectiveness of their school’s pastoral care:

Boarding Inspection: from preparation to execution
Matthew March, ISI Boarding Co-Ordinating Inspector

Management software for housestaff
Andrew Day & Nick Rendall, Housemasters, King Edward’s School, Witley, developers of an innovative pastoral care system

Toolbox for thriving boarding
Bedales Pastoral Staff and Steve Gardner, Director of Boarding, The Harefield Academy


Students will have a packed programme - we suggest two student delegates per school from Years 9 or 10. Having attended the morning sessions with Robin Fletcher, Nicola Morgan and Jackie Cox, students will work together in a workshop with Bedales teachers to create presentations in the afternoon to take back to their schools the key issues raised at the conference. They will also have the opportunity for a tour of Bedales with current students.

Attending the conference

A shuttle bus will run between Petersfield Station and Bedales.

For further details, please contact:

Tina Hunt, Conference Administrator, Bedales School
Tel: 01730 711500

View conference brochure.

View staff timetable

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To find out more, read Jenni Brittain’s blog, recently published by the Independent Schools Council.

Supported by the Boarding Schools' Association, this conference is part of the Bedales Leading Independent Thinking series of events, conference and seminars.