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.

Season 1 episodes

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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, Safe-Guarding.co. 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."

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ep 10: all UK school examinations have been cancelled; what does this mean for students?

  • Bright World's Admissions Manager, Cory Holden speaks with Zeba Clark, Deputy Head Academic at King Edwards Witley about how Coronavirus has affected UK examinations in the UK. Download our latest podcast here.

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Ep 11: Why AEGIS accreditation is PURE Gold

  • Bright World MD, Lana Foster talks to Yasemin Wigglesworth and Adam Lubbock of AEGIS about their inspection process and the importance of independence in accreditation. She finds out why AEGIS is such a powerful organisation and basically is PURE GOLD. 

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Ep 12: a question of quarantine or no quarantine?

  • Ever since the announcement of the government’s plans to impose a period of quarantine on all overseas visitors, the topic has featured heavily in conversations between schools and Guardianship Organisations. But how will the new restrictions affect overseas students at boarding schools; And how likely is it that the measures will remain in place come September? We speak to Michael Voice, the Principal of Cambridge Melchior College, the location of Bright World's Quarantine and Settling in programme to find out more.

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Ep 13: Life in lockdown with our UK host family Heros

  • When UK Schools closed in March amid The Coronavirus outbreak, some international students were unable to make it back to their home country. Stranded and in the absence of family members in the UK, our hosts have gone above and beyond to keep our students safe and well taken care of during the UK lockdown. Tune in to Bright World's Podcast Channel as we speak with one such host family and their student Ian.

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Ep 14 : How are schools and guardians planning for a Safe September?

  • Listen to our expert panel of Headmasters, Principals and industry experts as we discuss quarantine, social distancing, safety measures, medical facilities and much much more.

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Ep 15: How is Bright World preparing for Covid-Safe Taxi Travel

  • Jenny Rumble, Director of Safeguarding & Operations talks to Tina Knapman of Alan's Airport Services about some of the changes we are making to ensure our students get back to school safely.

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Ep 16: 500 Bright Words - the winner’s story

  • Our panel of expert judges meet our winner and special guest narrator, Stephen Roberts from Study Travel Magazine brings his story to life.

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Ep 17: 500 Bright Words - meet the runners up

  • The Legendary Loo Roll by Jaden Seributra won the hearts of the judges and came in first place. This week we are announcing second and third prize holders from our short story competition.

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Ep 18: Safe happy journeys with our drivers

  • Safe, friendly, professional drivers have always been vital to the running of our guardianship programme bur during a pandemic where flight changes are frequent, our drivers have been invaluable. Listen to the lovely Mo from International Student Transfers on today's podcast.

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Ep 19: Pre-Departure Chat

  • The Bright World Senior Management team reflect on the key issues discussed during our Q&A webinar including; flight availability, quarantine and Coronavirus Contingency planning.

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Ep: 20 A virtual start to the year at Bright World

  • Lana chats to our Local Coordinator and Bright World Buddy for London and Surrey, Jalpa Lai about how we are going to manage our student visits and safeguarding care during the first term of the 2020/21 academic year.  

Ep 21: End of Season 1

  • Bright World's MD Lana Foster and Director of Sales & Marketing Charlotte Hamson sign off on what has been a less than predictable Season 1 of Bright Sounds. 

Season 2 episodes

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Ep 1: Holidays are coming

  • To kick off Season 2 we chat to two of our fantastic Host Families and find out more about the extra steps and precautions they are taking keep students safe during the holidays.

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Ep 2: Can students go home for Christmas

  • Lia is joined by Managing Director, Lana Foster, and Regional Manager, Louis Spice, to discuss what provisions are in place for students who have to stay in the UK over the Christmas holidays.

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Ep 3: Let's talk about mental health

  • Lia and Louis are joined by Bright World Director of Safeguarding & Operations, Jenny Rumble, and Local Coordinator, Sarah Bozier, to discuss how Bright World is supporting their students upon their (less than normal) return to school, particularly in terms of their mental health and wellbeing.

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Ep 4: Safeguarding in conversation

  • Last week, Lana, James and Jenny attended a two day DSL training programme, led by Adam Lubbock, a safeguarding practitioner and founder of Kings River Education. Adam joins us as a special guest in this weeks' episode, to talk about what was covered.*Please be advised that this episode includes the mention of safeguarding topics that some listeners may find distressing.

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Ep 5: A Festive Welcome for the Christmas Holidays

  • Lia and Louis are joined by Bright World Managing Director, Lana Foster, and Mary Doody, Director of Young Learners at Kings Education, who reveal Bright World's new Relax & Revise @ Christmas programmes, and take a detailed look at the centres and activities planned.