On 18th March, Boris Johnson told schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northen Ireland to prepare to shut their gates, asking only the vulnerable and children of key workers to attend until further notice.
But with recent speculation over a phased return said to involve year groups and with talk of restrictions for overseas visitors; when and how can international children return back to school?
Primary schools will open 'at the earliest' on 1st June for the youngest pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 6. Secondary pupils taking exams next year will, according to the UK Government; 'get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays'. The UK Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson is hopeful that a phased return of students, with different year groups will help to maintain social distancing practices.
Boris Johnson has however been clear that getting primary aged children back to school will be an overriding priority. But as the government makes plans for British students, as guardians we are keen to know how overseas students fit in.
Joining us on the Bright Sounds podcast, Su Hayter from UKEAS Worldwide described the eagerness of parents who wanted to know more about the timeline for schools reopening. Bright World is guardian to a number of students from this global education agency, who come from all over the world to study at UK Boarding Schools.
The Bright World Guardianships team continue to play a key role in caring for overseas students, whilst schools are closed and we are ready to work closely with schools to facilitate the return of international students, whenever that may be.
Bright World believes that guardians can be really instrumental in helping schools keep students safe and in getting them back to school. We are currently in talks with AEGIS, other guardianship companies and schools to create a united front and work out together how our host family network, our transportation services and our general support can assist in the transition back to boarding. We will be keeping overseas parents posted on developments as we know that they are keen for their children to continue their education in the UK and may need Bright World's help with a soft landing back in a host family or at our residential centre, CMC before returning to school.
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