24 Sep 2019 - 24 Sep 2019
Guardianship: best practice
Date: September 24, 2019
Venue: Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe, HP11 1PE
Cost: Member £210 / Non-member £260
Audience: Deputy Heads, Heads of Boarding, Boarding staff, Admissions, all staff interested in Guardianship
Why should you attend?
Educational guardianship is key in supporting international students studying at UK boarding schools. Learn more about guardianship and the role of a guardian to ensure your students are properly cared for in and out of school grounds. This seminar will be led by BSA partner organisation, AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students).
Insight into what good and bad guardianship looks like; the AEGIS inspection process and what it involves; and the link with schools and guardians.
10 – 10:30 Tea/Coffee on arrival
10:30 Welcome and Introduction
10:35 Session 1 – What to expect from a good educational guardian - guardianship sector overview and statistics, how guardianship organisations operate and what they should be doing examples of poor guardianship practice.
11:45 Session 2 – Guardianship and Schools - school Tier 4 sponsor duties and current National Minimum Standards (NMS) for boarding schools with regards to guardianship arrangements.
13:30 Session 3 – Best practice - inspection process explained, work in the sector and how AEGIS support schools.
14:45 Session 4 – Inspection - guardianship element of inspection.
Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:
There is currently no law or regulation of the guardianship sector which means anyone can act as guardian or host international students in their home for short stays. Homes do not have to be vetted and DBS checks are not required.
Schools have a duty of care to ensure international students are well looked after during holidays. A Tier 4 sponsor requirement is to know where international students are staying during holidays and exeats. We aim to share best practice in guardianship with schools in order to support them and also improve the quality of guardianship.
Speaker: Yasemin Wigglesworth
Yasemin joined AEGIS in 2012 and oversees the running of the charity. Previously, Yasemin worked in international student recruitment and marketing, and also set up and ran an English language school. Having spent her early years in Istanbul and studying and working abroad, she is passionate about the benefits of international education and the welfare of international students.