Bright World Hub: April Edition

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Welcome to another instalment of the Bright World Hub where we keep you up to date with all the latest goings on at Head Office. As always, we have plenty to tell you here at Bright World, starting with our brand new member of staff.

Due to further expansion, we are very excited to welcome new Guardianship Care Manager Jo Teager (pictured left) to the team. Jo brings with her a wealth of knowledge and plenty of experience of working in the UK school sector, with safeguarding and administration being her particular areas of strength. Jo’s help has been invaluable and we are very confident that she'll continue to be superb in her new role. 

Jo’s timing is excellent as we begin to plan our annual company conference, which will take place this June. Experts and well-known speakers in the industry will be in attendance to share their wealth of knowledge on important safeguarding issues. For the very first time, our partner schools and agents are invited to attend the conference, where they will have the perfect opportunity to meet face-to-face with members of the Bright World team and to take part in engaging awareness sessions.

Peter Dommet who is the Lead Inspector from Sussex Police Prevent Partnership will be conducting an awareness presentation for us on counter terrorism and what we need to understand and look out for as educators, agents and guardians. Rebecca Arman, CSE Practitioner at Barnardo's Children's Charity will also be offering us an informative session on exploitation, how our students can be affected and how we can best protect them. And finally, Chief Marketing Officer at DPMC International, Chris Price will share his knowledge of Social Media. As an education professional with over 20 years' experience of internationalisation, marketing and recruitment in education, Chris will be discussing the importance of websites and their functionality such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

Here at Bright World, we are working extremely hard to further improve our training in child protection and we are very excited to welcome our partners to this year's event. For further information about the conference, please contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Charlotte Hamson via charlotte@brightworld.co.uk.

Aside from welcoming our newest member to the team, our Guardianship Care Managers (GCMs) have also been busy preparing for the upcoming May half term. Our second Relax and Revise Programme is almost upon us and we are very excited to welcome our students back to the Stay Academy in Willesden, London. Our first programme was a great success with many students leaving very positive feedback. Bissai Maenje, one of our long-standing guardianship students had this to say: “I prefer Relax & Revise to a host family. There is less pressure and more freedom to do what I want when I want.”.

For those who are staying with a host family this half term, our Accommodation & Travel Department are working very closely with our GCMs to make sure that all of our students’ travel and host family arrangements are in order. Our Local Coordinators have also been busy visiting arriving and returning students after the Easter holidays and updating our partner boarding schools with all our latest news.

Also on the agenda this month; our Policies and Procedures Review. This annual event gives us the opportunity to introduce new policies and present any amendments that have been made to our existing documentation. Of particular importance was the changes to our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy & Procedure. Ex Police Inspector and Director of Operations & Safeguarding took us through this document in full and ensured that all the team understood their role and responsibility in the protection and safeguarding of children under our care. It is important to review our policies and procedures often and soon these will be available to view on the Bright World website.

Bright World’s Managing Director, Lana Foster and Director of Sales and Marketing, Charlotte Hamson also had a chance to meet with our new partners at the British Council Fair this week as they flew the flag for UK guardianship.

The British Council do a fantastic job for UK education by inviting overseas education agents to visit schools in the UK so that they can understand more about what is on offer to international students. Boarding Schools are also invited along to the event which was held at the stunning, Abbey DLD College in Westminster Bridge to meet and network with agents.

With such a busy month, we are all looking forward to relaxing over the long bank holiday weekend!

Until next time,

The Bright World Team

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