Pioneering institute for boarding professionals launched by BSA Group

Posted: 1st September 2022

A specialist institute for professionals working in boarding education has been launched by BSA Group. The Institute of Boarding (TIOB) is a new networking, training and professional recognition organisation aimed at individual boarding staff.

TIOB has been launched by BSA Group, which also operates the Boarding Schools’ Association, the world’s largest boarding education network with over 630 members in 37 countries. TIOB was officially unveiled at BSA’s Annual Boarding Conference, sponsored by Engage, which took place at Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5 on 7-8 June.

There are thought to be around 5,000 professionals working in boarding schools in the UK and many more thousands in schools worldwide. TIOB will be headed up by Director Lorraine Atkins, former Principal of Padworth College, who will also be BSA’s Director of Engagement.

Robin Fletcher, CEO, BSA and BSA Group, said: “Unlike many other sectors, there has never really been a dedicated global organisation for individual boarding staff, although thousands access training provided by the BSA every year.

“TIOB is an important opportunity for individual boarding staff to get support and recognition throughout their careers, regardless of which school they work in anywhere in the world, whether they are retired or waiting to join the boarding profession.”

TIOB will offer guidance for those wanting to start work in boarding education and develop their careers in schools. In addition, it will provide networking opportunities, forums, online support and discounts for members on services.

Robin said: “For over 50 years BSA has been a leading network for boarding schools and now TIOB will be the same for staff working at those schools, people interested in boarding and even retired boarding staff.

“We are very excited to be launching TIOB at a time when supporting professional staff to offer high quality pastoral care to boarding students has never been more important.”

Anyone wishing to become a TIOB member can apply via the website at, while a full CPD, training and events programme will begin in September.

Notes for editors

  • The Institute of Boarding (TIOB) is part of BSA Group
  • BSA Group also comprises the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS), the Safeguarding and Child Protection Association (SACPA), the Health in Education Association (HIEDA).
  • BSA Group has over 1,000 members in over 35 countries

 For more information about TIOB, please contact Lorraine Atkins, Director of TIOB and Director of Engagement, BSA Group. T: +44 (0) 20 7798 1588. E:   

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