some schools close for two nights over some weekends and these are called Exeats.
all schools close at half term and most students need to leave. Bright World offers great host family stays for them.
Many of our students do not want to make the long journey home during the shorter holidays. They do however need to leave school as they are closed. During these times, an important part of our role is to find them a safe and welcoming host family who will take good care of them.
All Bright World host families are subject to stringent checks and screening that comply with the AEGIS framework. AEGIS (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) sets high standards and inspects our work.
Once criminal record checks and references are in, we will then visit our host families and inspect their homes. We expect a high standard of accommodation for our students.
Our Accommodation Team works closely with our Guardianship Care Managers to choose the right host family for our students according to their preferences.
We believe that our clients should be able to help us to choose their host family if they wish to. With this in mind, people who enrol on our programme are able to access our Host Family Selection Tool which gains them unique access to a database of our host families. They can select preferred distance from their school and browse and overview of all the families we have in that area.
They can then request availability for the specific dates we need from our team.
Staying with a host family remains the most popular choice for students remaining in the UK for half terms. The October 2020 half term and beyond will be very popular as many students who would normally be going home will decide to stay in the UK. Not all schools are staying open for students so Bright World host families are available to host our guardianship students.
For the reassurance of parents and agents overseas, all of our host families will have signed up for our Host Family Covid-19 Safe Plan should students fall ill with Covid-19 symptoms while they are staying with them. The will also be carrying out enhanced deep cleaning. Host family accommodation will be in single rooms for all holidays, with students only sharing if they arrive from the same household or if the room is of a sufficient size for social distancing to be possible.
Some students need to stay in the UK for Christmas this year due to travel restrictions and quarantine rules possibly still being in place.
Just as with half term, we have host families available and willing to host students for Christmas. Parents or students should contact their Guardianship Care Manager to request a Christmas host family.