Baisis conference

The 2019 BAISIS conference takes place on Friday 15 March 2019 at Jury’s Inn, Birmingham, B1 2HQ.  Building on the success of the 2018 conference, BAISIS launched its Supporting Membership scheme and is now supported by a number of providers of educational goods and services to schools.  The success of this scheme demonstrates the growing significance of BAISIS in the independent sector. 

robin-fletcherThis year’s keynote speaker is BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher.  Robin Fletcher MBA MPhil was a boarder at Rugby School and is passionate about good quality, modern boarding. He has been BSA Chief Executive since 2014 after working as a journalist, award-winning newspaper editor, plc communications director and business owner.  We look forward very much to hearing Robin’s view on developments in international boarding.


Emma LoveridgeWe are delighted that Dr Emma Loveridge, Founder and Director of Rafan House, has agreed to speak at one of our two plenary sessions.  Emma has worked as a psychotherapist in NHS settings as well as with private clients. She trained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation, also spending time studying at the IGA (The Institute of Group Analysis), as well as the TCCR (The Tavistock Centre for Couples Relations).  Rafan House is a clinically-governed psychotherapeutic clinic based in Harley Street. The clinic is here to meet the needs of pupils and students struggling with emotional wellbeing when their specific needs go beyond a school’s own pastoral systems and provision.  Students come to our schools from all over the world. It is often impossible to gauge prevailing mental health concerns.  Cultural and language difficulties can mask several issues.  Integration can be difficult, severely affecting learning outcomes.  Dr Loveridge’s talk will explore how teachers and schools can manage these issues.  

Also participating in this year’s conference will be:

  • Elyse Conlon, Moreton Hall & Ali Talbot, d’Overbroeck’s: The Power of Technology: an inclusive approach to ICT for EAL 
  • Catharine Driver, Language and Literacy Consultant and Trainer: Approaches to Improve Standards of Literacy in International Students in their Academic Subjects
  • David Bara, Senior Lecturer CASS School of Education & Communities, University of East London: Special Educational Needs and International students
  • Mark Taylor, Executive Director, The Taylor Partnership: UKVI Update
  • Alternatif Education and INTCAS: Exploring the Turkish Market
  • Dr Helen Wood, Head of School Partnerships, Password English Language Testing: Online Testing for Recruitment and Admission: Best Practice, Best Results
  • Julian Baker, BAISIS Chair & Caroline Nixon, BAISIS General Secretary: The Benefits of BAISIS membership


INTCASINTCAS is an education technology company that facilitates all aspects of international student mobility. This can cover everything from entrance preparation to application to enrolment. Through its advanced technology platform and overseas Student Support Centres, INTCAS support the work of Admissions Departments. The aim is to save Admissions time and energy, and to minimize recruitment risks. This is achieved through services such as its funds verification, escrow banking options and due diligence checks. INTCAS also provides impartial assessment and guidance services to families, through its network of expert partners.


Print   Password English Language Testing tests were developed by world leading experts in testing and assessment. They are used by British independent Schools to assess students both pre- and post-arrival in order to support student recruitment and admission. Our school partners, using the Password Pupil suite of tests, all benefit from a unique combination of high quality and easily accessible testing, which is operated under their own control and brand. Password tests are used to ensure a good fit between incoming pupil and school. Password Pupil tests are aligned to international standards, simple to administer and deliver accurate results which can be relied upon for high stakes admissions decisions. Test delivery, results and certificates are securely managed online, eliminating the need to create examinations, print and distribute exam papers, collect and mark scripts and input data.


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Bright World

Bright World Guardianships offers a high quality guardianship service to international students in UK boarding schools across the UK.  Parents and agents often remark that we are very efficient and easy to work with. We promise a fast response and high standards of service to parents and agents and care to our students. Our excellent host family network makes half terms a pleasure for our students.  Bright World Education is an education consultant specialising in helping international students find places at UK.  We work with over 300 UK boarding schools, colleges and UK universities.

Bright World was the first Guardianship organisation worldwide to achieve accreditation from the international charity, Child-Safe, after undergoing rigorous inspection of safeguarding processes when recruiting Host Families & Drivers. Our team of Local Coordinators and Head office staff are fully trained in Child protection and are there to support, guide and safeguard the guardianship students in their care. Our Bright World Buddy system is unique and ensures that students receive personal one to one care and attention from one of our superb Local Coordinators who visit them and act as their mentor and friend in the UK.  The boarding school guardianship industry remains completely unregulated by the UK government, meaning literally ANYONE can become a guardian and no-one will check them. With the help of AEGIS (The Association for the Education & Guardianship of International Students) Bright World continues to promote safe, accredited guardianship, stressing the importance of choosing a well-respected, UK guardianship organisation. Bright World has been accredited by AEGIS since 2006 and we are very proud of the results from our March 2017 re-accreditation, where the organisation achieved 100% score in most areas of re-inspection.

In 2017 we became the first Guardianship Company to receive a Study Travel Star Award nomination. The Oscars for International Education recognised guardianship and other industry service providers at the September ceremony. Bright World shared the limelight with 4 incredible nominees; IELTS, Book & Learn Mexico, CareMed Travel Insurance and the winners, Eduvisor.


UKEducationGuide  UK Education Guide offers free, independent information and advice for international families looking to access the UK Education system.  Our focus is on providing comparable information about quality providers in the market and supporting organisations, like BAISIS, that promote ‘best practice’ in terms of academic and pastoral support for international pupils.

 Download the Conference Registration Form 2019

Or fill out the online registration form below.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Sue Harris at




Online registration form:

Attendance Code & Fees Code Member Non-member
Friday 15 March Conference only C 175 275
B&B accommodation at Jury’s Inn Thurs 14 March plus conference 15 March CB 275 375

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When your completed registration form has been received, an invoice will be sent to your school. Payment must be received within 30 days.

Cancellation Charges

Cancellation of registration fees after 31 January – 100%. These are charges imposed by the venue and not BAISIS. For this reason we are happy for you to send a substitute participant rather than cancel. We strongly recommend that delegates have their own insurance to cover any cancellations and losses that may occur whilst they are away from home.

Please send your completed registration form before 31 January 2019.

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