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28 Apr
BSA Webinar - Guardianship for international students in the UK
28 Apr 2020 15:30 - 29 Apr 2020 16:30

Guardianship for international students in the UK

April 28, 2020



Do you know where your international students really are during exeats and holidays? There are currently no regulations in place around educational guardianship in the UK, and yet guardianship and care when students are away from both their homes and their schools is a crucial part of their wellbeing. This session will provide an overview of best practice for guardianship services and provide an update on developments and requirements from schools and their involvement. Case studies will be used to demonstrate situations where the support of a professional and reliable guardian is vital. There will also be an opportunity to share questions and comments about guardians and guardianship services.

  • Current legislation
  • Overview of guardianship
  • Statistics
  • Schools’ responsibilities
  • School Guardianship Policy
  • Case Studies




This webinar is being led by Ammy Davies-Potter, BSA, and Caroline Nixon, BAISIS.


Ammy Davies-Potter is currently Deputy Head (Pastoral) and DSL at St Mary’s, Calne and she will remain in post until the end of this academic year. In July 2020 she will join the BSA Group in a full-time role, leading their guardianship and accreditation services.

Ammy qualified as a teacher in 1991 and has spent her whole career in boarding school roles. She taught initially at Bromsgrove School and then at St John’s College School Cambridge, before moving in 1995 to become a Housemistress at Westonbirt School. In 2010 she joined St Mary’s Calne, initially as a Housemistress and subsequently joining the SLT as Senior Mistress and DSL and currently as Deputy Head (Pastoral). Ammy joins BSA to head up the guardianship and accreditation services with a long history of working with guardians through her school roles, and also having acted as a guardian herself.

When she isn’t working, Ammy can be found spending time with her family, exploring parts of the UK and abroad or walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path with her black lab, Odin.



Caroline Nixon has worked in international education for 30 years. Since becoming a consultant in 2015, she has worked on many successful projects including helping UK schools to establish new overseas branches, advising an international school opening in the UK, assisting an educational group to set up a guardianship agency, and advising schools on academic and pastoral provision for their international students.

Before becoming a consultant, Caroline was Principal of Taunton School International and set up a new school for international children aged 8-14. She was also responsible for the international marketing of, and admissions into, Taunton School.

Caroline is currently General Secretary of BAISIS (British Association of Independent Schools with International Students), a member of the British Council International Education Advisory Group, and a member of the advisory group to the British Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group on international students.