AEGIS currently has 80 school/college members. By becoming an AEGIS member, your subscription will:
- Support the work of AEGIS as an accreditation body for Guardianship Organisations, ensuring that international students studying at UK schools/colleges are safe and well cared for during their stay.
- Demonstrate that your school/college believes in best practice in the guardianship and hosting of all international students, thus ensuring that the welfare of your overseas students meets the UK Visa and Immigration Service recommendations.
- Give you a voice in national policy relating to the care of international students through representations of the Advisory Committee.
- Enable your school profile to be listed and promoted on our website and in AEGIS literature, available for overseas families choosing a UK school/college.
- Provide you with a network of colleagues & professionals and the chance to attend AEGIS workshops and conferences.
By recommending our accredited Guardianship Organisations you can be sure that your pupils are in the care of Guardianship Organisations which:
- have passed a full inspection of all aspects of their care of students and their business practices, including finances. These inspections are carried out by experienced Ofsted and ISI fully trained Inspectors;
- have the support of the BSA, HMC, GSA, SHMIS, SBSA, IAPS, ISA, the Independent Schools Council, the British Council, Social Services, the DfE, the BIS and Child Safe
- are run by professionals experienced in both childcare and education;
- are fully insured and comply with British law, Social Service and the National Boarding Standards requirements;
- maintain contact at all times with the overseas parent, the school, the child and will attend Parent-Teacher meetings;
- have a member of staff contactable 24 hours a day, ready to deal with all problems;
- have appropriate comprehensive guidelines on care, including emergency procedures for the child, the overseas parent, the guardianship family and the school;
- organise a home for a student with a British family. The family will have been carefully selected and have been visited and vetted in compliance with the requirements of UK law. The family will offer children the opportunity to speak English and learn about British culture and way of life;
- draw up adequate and appropriate contracts or agreements with:
- The guardianship family
- The overseas parent or educational institution
- provide both pastoral support and educational guidance in accordance with the individual contracts