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Pastoral Issues April 13, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education, New releases, Pastoral issues.
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This week we have taken receipt from our printers Bell and Bain Limited of Glasgow, Scotland, of the latest title in our popular Leading Schools in the 21st Century Series.

Published by John Catt Educational for the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, Pastoral Work and those who practice it is the fifth book in the Leading Schools series and provides some invaluable advice on the social and educational context in which educators work.

The book was co-edited by Hilary Moriarty, National Director of the BSA, and Nigel Richardson, former Head of the Perse School, Cambridge.

Here we reproduce part of Hilary’s editorial feature in the latest edition of Boarding School magazine, in which she talks about the pastoral and legal issues arising from international students arriving at UK borders.

FROM THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR: SCHOOLS RISE TO EXPECTATIONS

We live in interesting times – indeed, when did we ever not?  But the recent months have been particularly interesting in the boarding world, with developments in areas of major interest to us all.

In the autumn, schools wrestled with the realities of Tier 4 Points Based Immigration for international students.  At Christmas, a flurry of activity was generated by the news that visa-holding students returning to their schools in January would need to carry letters of consent from their parents to assure border guards at airports that their parents did indeed know where they were going, and who was collecting them.  This turned out to be ‘best practice’ rather than ‘regulation’, but schools were wonderful in leaping to the task and rising to the occasion virtually at the same time as packing away the accoutrements of the Christmas parties.

Many harassed administrative staff, holding the fort in the holidays, reflected that there was sense in the request – after all, the gap between passing through immigration at Heathrow and arriving through the school gates can be lengthy and even hazardous.  And who would be responsible if a child arrived in the country but never appeared in the sponsoring school? A quick mental risk assessment would make you shudder.  Whether letters of consent from parents would obviate those risks is perhaps an interesting question…

Click here to read the rest of Hilary’s article in the Boarding School ezine…

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