virtual guardianship plans for Autumn 2020 start

an early start to Autumn 2020 and we are ready

two feet at the start line

After months of planning and wondering what will happen in September, it seems that things are moving fast now at Bright World Guardianships. We have wondered for months if flights would be available, if students would want to come back and if parents would want to send them back. The news is that most students ARE coming back and, of course, with the quarantine rules in place, many are coming back much earlier than usual.

Bright World is ready for this and we are adapting our programme after discussions with schools to make the start to the year as safe as possible for everyone.

a virtual start to the year

teacher doing an online class

We have been speaking to schools over the past few months and have been very impressed with all the measures they are putting in place to avoid the spread of infection within the school. One of the things they have been discussing is their visitor policies.

Understandably, schools want to limit the number of outside visitors to school which will dramatically reduce any risk of infection being brought to the school.

With this in mind, and also to protect our staff, Bright World has decided to keep the first term of the year a virtual one in terms of communications and visits and meetings with schools and students.

arrival visits - what will be different?

Girl having zoom meeting on laptop

Instead of going to the school boarding house and meeting our students when they first arrive, we will be inviting them to a Zoom call or a Facetime meeting with their Bright World Buddy. This will be coordinated in liaison with the Houseparent as usual and will follow our Online Meeting for Staff and Students Safeguarding Policy.

Our Local Coordinators have all kept in touch with their students in this way since schools closed back in March, so they are well versed with the online platforms available and have been finding the meetings useful, as have our students.

one of our virtual arrival reports

Blink login on Computer

Scottish schools open much earlier than those in England. For this reason Sarah, our Bright World Buddy for Scotland has already welcomed students back and has began conducting her virtual visits. Parents will still receive a full Arrival Visit Report via our Parent Portal, Blink when the visit is complete. Below is an example of what Sarah wrote about one of her students. We have called the student Jane in this article for the purposes of confidentiality.

the all brand-new Bright World student app

Bright World App

With an in-person visit to school, which is what we normally do, the Bright World Buddy takes along a welcome pack to each student in the form of a membership card showing our emergency contacts. There is also a handbook and a Student Charter with our rules.

To better handle this year's virtual arrival visit, we have been working on a brand new Bright World Student App that contains all the information and data that was in the previous welcome pack. Bright World Buddies will be encouraging students to download the app and will be showing it to them during the meeting by sharing their screen.

We are so pleased with the new app and this is here to stay. With our policy to reduce our carbon footprint and to avoid printing literature and having a paper-free working environment, this really fits in with our company ethos. We hope that students will be more likely to read and refer to our handbooks and information on the app, rather than in a booklet that they more than likely will lose along the way.

listen to our latest podcast about our virtual start to the year

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Listen along to Jalpa Lai, Bright World Buddy for London and Surrey talking to Lana Foster about a virtual start to the year and how she is preparing to welcome her students back.

Bright World is part of Safe Schools UK

safe schools UK

We are delighted to be part of a forward-thinking cooperation of schools and guardians called Safe Schools UK.

The objectives of the initiative are:

  •  Facilitate our core purpose of education to be continued with minimal disruption
  •  Standardise a minimum level of precautionary measures across U.K. boarding schools
  •  Ensure the safest possible environments for boarding students
  •  Bring the sector together with a strategic and considered approach

Bright World upholds the AEGIS Covid-19 Safe Charter

AEGIS Covid-19 Safe Charter

Our Managing Director, Lana Foster, is a Trustee of AEGIS, The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. Bright World is pleased to endorse and follow the standards set by AEGIS during the Coronavirus Crisis and while we head towards the healthy and safe return of our students in September. We are proud to have achieved GOLD standard accreditation of this important inspectorate.

our Coronavirus policy

Coronavirus

View our Coronavirus contingency plan

more information

Quarantine house

Quarantine FAQs

  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions page about quarantine. Bright World is able to accommodate those students who need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK.

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Find out more about our guardianship programme

  • Please also get in touch with us if you are are a parent who needs assistance with guardianship or quarantine accommodation and you are not yet registered with Bright World.

Bright World student

Our 6 point plan booklet

  • Read our 6 Point Plan for a Covid-19 Safe September