the Bright World podcast

welcome to bright sounds

welcome to bright sounds

  • A brief introduction to Bright Sounds, the voice of Bright World Education & Guardianships Ltd and an introduction to our Podcast team.


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guestcast 1 - managing stress

  • A guest Podcast from Charlene Shaw, Director of English at Your Favourite Teacher.

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Ep 1: Operational Tales from the Guardianship Team – The Build-up to Lockdown

  • Lia Ferris chats with members of the Guardianship Care Team, discussing the last few weeks of work changes and home-stay challenges

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Ep 2: Host Family Tales from the Accommodation Team - Life Under Lockdown

  • While the majority of our students have managed to travel home safely, some are still stranded in the UK, due to flight restrictions. This week, Lia talks with Leanne Poole and Fi Williamson, our Accommodation & Travel Managers, to find out how our host families have risen to the occasion and how our students are getting on in lockdown.

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Ep 3: Online Safety - how to stay safe online while we are staying safe at home

  • With students isolating at home and schools offering online classes. It is now more important than ever that our students know how to stay safe online. Lia talks to Jenny Rumble, Bright World Safeguarding and Operations Manager and special guest - Safeguarding expert, Fiona Lee of, Content warning - Please be advised that this episode includes the mention of safeguarding topics that some listeners may find distressing

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Ep 4: Do parents still want their children to come to the UK? An agent's perspective.

  • Charlotte Hamson, our Director of Sales and Marketing, is joined by Su Hayter, from one of partner agents, UKEAS Worldwide. Listen in to a fascinating insight into how agents have been affected by the Coronavirus situation and what parents are saying about it all. Do they still want their children to come to the UK? 

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Ep 5: ‘Virtual’ has become reality for UK schools and guardians

  •  Betty Dagistan, Director of International Recruitment at MPW Schools talks to Bright World's Managing Director, Lana Foster about MPW's new virtual learning environment and how students, teachers and guardians are coping with the "new normal."

Ep 6: The benefits and challenges of online learning 

  • British boarding schools and their overseas students continue to adapt and face the challenges of online learning. Today we are joined by Mark Jeynes from Bishopstrow and Padworth Colleges to talk about the benefits and challenges that come with learning online, especially for students in Years 11 and 13 at Padworth College who are now not sitting examinations. 


Ep 7: Life in lockdown - where would we be without our host families?

  • Travel restrictions have meant that some of our international students have been unable to go home while their boarding school is closed. Accommodation & Travel Manager, Fi is joined by one of our lovely host families, Jennifer and Tim Kenn who have been taking care of one such student.

Ep 8: Bright World joins The Safe Schools UK initiative

  • Lana Foster, Managing Director and Lucy Barnwell, Director of External Relations at Rossall School talk about the Safe Schools UK initiative. Bright World is proud to support #safeschools which allow schools and AEGIS accredited guardians to quickly and clearly communicate to students, parents and their communities the safety measures that will be in place.

Ep 9: How to keep motivated when learning online

  • With UK schools remaining closed to most year groups it is now more important then ever for our students to remain motivated and engaged when they are learning online. Charlene Shaw from the award winning learning platform joins us on Bright Sounds to discuss.