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Getting the most out of new boarding staff in September

June 14 @ 10:00 - 11:00

  • Date: June 14, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00
  • Cost: TIOB Member Rate – £65, Non-member Rate – £130
  • Audience: Heads, Assistant Heads, Heads of Boarding, Houseparents, Assistant Houseparents, all who work in boarding
  • Platform: Zoom (online) – webinar

Course outline:

The summer term is the perfect time of year to think ahead to September and ensure all is in place to maximise the potential of new boarding staff. Boarding staff recruitment and retention continue to be challenging so the the effective integration and support of new staff are crucial for fostering a positive and productive boarding environment. In this session, Mark will share insights and strategies to ensure a smooth induction process, empower new staff with the necessary tools, and establish a collaborative culture within the boarding community. These will be valuable whether you are a seasoned boarding professional or new in post.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate current staff induction process
  • To prepare effectively for September
  • Maximise staff retention



Mark Robinson, BSA Senior Consultant

Mark has a Product Design Degree from Brunel University and a PGCE. His first post in independent education was as Assistant Master at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham where he held several positions including Assistant Housemaster to a junior boy’s boarding house. After five years he moved on to Ardingly College in West Sussex as a Head of Department and Housemaster to a joint day and boarding house. Mark has been an inspector on boarding inspections, an Assistant Housemaster to a girls’ boarding house and fully involved in teaching up to ‘A‘ Level.

In 2002 Mark gave up teaching to set up Mentor Education Services Ltd, a business offering education-related consultancy services to the independent sector, initially training, interview coaching and professional development but also marketing and pre-inspection to schools both in the independent and maintained sector.

Mark was appointed as Assistant Director of Training for the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2010, where he continued offering training and consultancy to independent and state schools both in the UK and around the world. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy Head Pastoral at Collège du Léman in Switzerland, a large international boarding and day school. After gaining some further, valuable international experience, Mark returned to the UK to continue his training and consultancy in the Independent and state school sectors.



June 14
10:00 - 11:00
Event Category:


TIOB – The Institute of Boarding