High-quality input from staff is key to any successful residential. Higher than usual staff ratios will be required in order to assure safety, but will also enable staff to work effectively – never underestimate the energy required to staff a residential. Participating in a residential is an exciting and positive thing for a member of staff to do, but it is also serious commitment. In setting up a residential, schools have a responsibility to ensure that staff as well as young people are well cared for and adequately supported.
Teachers from the Bulwell and Hanover partnerships collaborated to produce detailed and thorough guidance on staffing and staff training. Download their guidance – it’s in MS Word format so that you can adapt it to suit your own situation.