Congratulations to Best Start Education, based in Hertfordshire, for gaining full AEGIS accreditation. The founder, Elena Colquhooun, is a qualified teacher with many years experience of teaching in both state and private sectors in the UK. It has been the busiest year yet in terms of inspections for AEGIS.
We are very happy to have two new trustees join our Board of Trustees, Elodie Vallantine and Allan Walker. Here is a bit about them:
Elodie Vallantine, Acting Principal, Moira House Girls School
Elodie has over 15 years’ experience in both state and independent education. She has first-hand experience of two very different educational systems, having gained qualifications in France and in the UK. Elodie is passionate about education, having been a Chair of Governors in a primary school for 4 years as well as an examiner, a moderator and a teacher trainer for various examination boards since 2003.
Allan Walker, Director of International Schools, Malvern College
Allan has worked at Malvern College since 2009 both as Commercial Director and, latterly, Director of International Schools. Prior to this Allan worked at Harrow School for 10 years as Business Manager for the school’s commercial subsidiary.
Thank you to Brookes Cambridge for joining AEGIS and supporting the work we do. Brookes Cambridge provides a unique and rewarding independent day and boarding school experience for boys and girls aged from three years old. We greatly appreciate the support from all our member schools and guardianship companies.
We are delighted to offer AEGIS Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, details below:
Friday 9th June 2017
9.00 – 16.00 (registration 9.00-9.30)
Location: ISI, 1st Floor, CAP House, 9-12 Long Lane, London EC1A 9HA.
Sandwich lunch, tea and coffee included.
This course will be led by Ann Marie Christian - an NSPCC Accredited, and Department for Education Accredited Trainer www.annmariechristian.com.
• Safeguarding and child protection overview (the context)
• The referral pathway
• Early Help
• Being proactive within the child protection process
• The role of the MASH
• Working in partnership with external agencies and expectations
• The role of the LADO
• Safer recruitment
Please contact Elaine for further details and a registration form: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our inspection team has been extremely busy carrying out inspections of new Guardianship Organisations and also existing members.
We are delighted to announce the successful re-accreditation of Bright World. Bright World, based in West Sussex, provides a professional, first class guardianship service to overseas students in UK Boarding Schools and Universities.
We also have a new Guardianship Company who has recently successfully passed our accreditation inspection, Icon Education. Icon Education, based in Nottingham, is a rapidly growing education agency that helps UK schools recruiting and managing Chinese students and provides guardianship services.
Thank you to all our speakers for making the AEGIS Annual Conference a great success. The feedback has been the best yet. Thank you also to all the delegates that attended.
"Content and speakers were fantastic." - Kirsty Farquhar, PJ's Guardianship Services
"Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you." - Emma Godsil, Godsil Education
"Marilyn Hawes was very moving - excellent." - Dawn Briers, Loughborough Grammar
"Thank you for a very informative day." - Sophie Richards, Study Links
"Mark Taylor was fantastic!"
"Safeguarding talk was excellent."
Yasemin will be presenting 'Why Guardianship Matters' at the BAISIS Conference in Birmingham on Friday 10th March 2017. She will be available all day if anyone has any queries about guardianship.
The British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS) www.http://baisis.org.uk exists to promote best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students at UK independent schools and colleges and to represent the interests of its members at the national level.
Members are drawn from independent schools, study centres and colleges. Originally founded in 1997 by Bedford, Rossall, Sherborne and Taunton Schools, membership has grown steadily and today the association is an influential organisation which occupies, and speaks for, an important niche sector in international education. BAISIS exists to provide help in the form of training, development and mutual support to its members and for quality assurance purposes. This is achieved through regular meetings, training from inside and outside the Association and through a bespoke annual conference. All member institutions provide a supportive pastoral framework and quality academic environment for international students. BAISIS also represents the interests of schools and colleges with international students in the UK at the national level, through its membership of the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Education, the British Council International Education Advisory Group and its partnerships with other organisations.
LVS Ascot just joined AEGIS. We greatly appreciate the support from our member schools and guardianship organisations. LVS Ascot is an all-ability, independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18 years based in Ascot, Berkshire.
Charterhouse has just joined AEGIS. The School, situated in Godalming, Surrey, has around 800 pupils, almost all of whom are boarders.
We greatly appreciate our members' support, thank you!
The AEGIS January 2017 Newsletter is out now! Click on the link below.