The Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and the Association for the Education and Guardianship for International Students (AEGIS) have announced an exciting new partnership to promote higher standards.
We believe that this will be a great step forward for UK guardianship for international students in UK Boarding Schools; an industry which remains unregulated by the UK Government and a somewhat ‘grey area.’
Guardianship plays an important part in the boarding school sector, helping schools to uphold their duty of care and to ensure the safety of their students throughout the academic year, even when the school is closed. With so many Guardianship Organisations to choose from, AEGIS continues to do their best to help parents by offering an Assessment and Inspection framework in order to assess the quality of UK guardianship organisations.
This new partnership, we hope, will help empower Schools, Parents and Agents to insist on AEGIS accredited guardianship for all international students studying at UK Boarding Schools.
AEGIS and BSA will remain separate organisations, but AEGIS Chair Dr Helen Wright will attend board meetings of BSA, and BSA CEO Robin Fletcher will attend meetings of AEGIS trustees and AEGIS Executive Officer Yasemin Wigglesworth will also be joining BSA’s Senior Leadership Team.
In a joint statement, Dr Helen Wright and BSA Chairman Martin Reader said: “AEGIS and BSA are very excited by this ground-breaking partnership. Working in partnership means AEGIS and BSA can extend their services to members and work to raise the standards of guardianship.”
Bright World Guardianships is now in its 18th year of operation and we decided to become members of AEGIS back in 2006 for guidance on good practice. We achieved re-accreditation in 2017 – here were our results:
You can view our full re-inspection report by clicking on the brochure below.
"Bright World is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment."
The number of UK Boarding Schools and important Industry Associations attending our Company Conference last week was testament to how highly thought of Bright World Guardianships is. We have had some wonderful feedback at how impressed our guests were with the amount we invest in Child Protection and Safeguarding. It is so important to bring the whole company together once each year to share experiences and obtain important Child Protection Training. I believe it really sets Bright World apart and enables us to strive to be the best in UK guardianship' Lana Foster, Bright World Managing Director
The Bright World Company Conference 2018 was a resounding success. So many of our close partner schools and agents took the time to join us. We all came away feeling very positive about the Guardianship industry and the work that schools and Bright World do together to keep children safe.