Baisis conference

The 2018 BAISIS conference took place on Friday 09 March 2018 at Jury’s Inn, Birmingham, B1 2HQ.  The conference was attended by 85 delegates, exhibitors and speakers. A record number of non-member schools joined members, demonstrating the growing significance of BAISIS in the independent sector. 

The opening plenary address (sponsored by Password English Language Testing Ltd) was given by Dr Helen Wright, an internationally recognised educator and educational advisor.  Following a successful career as Head of St Mary’s Calne and Ascham School Sydney, Dr Wright is now deeply involved in developing international schools and leaders across the globe.  She has a particular passion for social mobility for all young people and for sharing her absolute belief, backed up by observations and practice on five different continents, that every young person can achieve, if they receive the right guidance and strategies. Her talk entitled “how schools with international students can lead the way in global and social mobility for all” explored pracrtical ways of helping young people develop socially engaged attitudes which will lead them to be the creators of social opportunity for their peers. We are very grateful to Dr Wright for setting the tone for the day with her thought-provoking and creative ideas.

Dr Helen Wright with BAISIS Chair Julian Baker

Dr Helen Wright with BAISIS Chair Julian Baker

For our second plenary session (sponsored by Bright World Education & Guardianship Ltd) we were delighted to welcome back Natasha Devon MBE.  Natasha is a writer, campaigner & pundit. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. In 2016, the Sunday Times and Debretts named Natasha one of the 500 most influential people in Britain. Natasha is co-founder of arts and education charity Body Gossip, a certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and B-eat (formerly the Eating Disorders Association). She is also a Fellow of the University of Wales: Aberystwyth and advises them, as well as other universities, on campus wellbeing. In 2015 Natasha was awarded an MBE for her services to young people.  Always well-informed and empathetic, Natasha spoke with passion, insight and humour to inspire her audience. 

Natasha Devon with BAISIS Chair Julian Baker

Natasha Devon with BAISIS Chair Julian Baker

Also speaking at the conference were Fiona Lee (SAFE), John Williamson (Linden Tours), Catharine Driver (EAL Academy), Ali Talbot (d’Overbroeck’s) and Mark Taylor (Taylor Partnership).  We are very grateful to all our speakers for their generous support for BAISIS.


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.

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Endsleigh are the leading insurance intermediary within the student and youth markets, having in excess of 50 years industry specific experience. We have worked closely with insurers to develop a range of products to suit our partners’ requirements. Endsleigh are specifically endorsed by the NUS and English UK.


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Flywire is the leading provider of global payment solutions, providing processing, tracking, and reconciliation services for more than 1,300 educational institutions worldwide. Using local bank transfers, online payments, and credit and debit cards in local currencies, international students from over 200 countries and territories can more easily and confidently pay for their tuition. In addition to significant savings through discounted currency conversion rates, institutions as well as students benefit from Flywire’s round-the-clock customer service and payment monitoring.


Password English Language Testing Ltd  Since their launch in 2008, Password tests have delivered accurate and reliable “gold standard” English language and maths assessment. The tests, designed by experts and aligned to international standards, are used by independent schools overseas to facilitate student recruitment and admission, and in the UK for screening on arrival.  Secure test delivery, results and certificates are all simply managed online eliminating the need for sending papers and scripts backwards and forwards, marking, and subsequent data input. Password’s accurate results can be relied upon for admission to secondary education, GCSE, A level and IB programmes.

Password tests are delivered by our partner schools’ own staff and trusted representatives, or by the British Council, wherever and whenever required.  Tests are designed and academically managed by international experts in testing and assessment and are aligned to international standards.  The English tests are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and the Maths tests are set at levels suitable for admission to GCSE and A level courses.  All Password Pupil tests have been developed in consultation with leading independent schools, including D’Overbroecks Oxford that particularly helped by contributing appropriate essay titles for the English tests.

Password tests are simple to administer and give accurate results which can be relied upon for high stakes admissions decisions.  Test delivery, results and certificates are all securely managed online, eliminating the need for the writing, printing and distribution of exam papers, the collection and marking of scripts and subsequent data input.  Testing can be carried out wherever and whenever required by our partner schools’ own staff, their representatives and The British Council. In 2016 Password tests were delivered in 118 countries around the world.  Password Pupil testing is fast becoming the admissions testing system for British independent schools.  




BEBC is the UK’s leading ELT/EFL Specialists – your one-stop shop. Opened in Bournemouth 42 years ago to service the needs of the local language schools, BEBC quickly established a reputation for speed, service and stockholding. We are now known locally, nationally and internationally and we are proud of our reputation for holding both the titles and the level of stock necessary to meet the needs of our customers. Our core values that started this company still run throughout.

One stop shop We sell English Language materials from all major publishers.

Award winning delivery service High stock holding means same-day despatch for next day delivery. Fast delivery worldwide.

Reputation for excellent customer service With over 40 years’ experience, we have the expertise to help

Competitive pricing Discount options are available. We offer free next day delivery to UK language schools and very competitive worldwide distribution.

Living Learning English

Living Learning English is an English language teaching organisation, specialising in individual one-to-one and two-to-one language teaching in the teacher’s home. Living Learning English offers home tuition courses in the UK and Spain, in addition to an online tuition service. Our clients range from school or university students needing English for their studies, to business executives who need to learn English rapidly for their work. Our large network of teachers allows us to offer a range of courses in order to prepare for IELTS, Cambridge exams, boarding school entrance tests and for GCSEs, IB and A-Levels.  A home tuition course in the UK prior to joining a boarding school is an excellent way to ensure new international students are fully prepared both linguistically and culturally for the start of term.  Living Learning English also offers a comprehensive guardianship service which complements our English language course provision and provides support, care and supervision for overseas students studying at boarding schools in the UK.


National Geographic Learning, is a leading provider of English Language Teaching materials for learners at kindergarten right through to adult and academic education. Our unique partnerships with National Geographic and TED mean we can offer a unique range of authentic materials that can inspire and bring your classroom to life. Make sure to check out the brand new second edition of Life, our six-level integrated-skills series with grammar and vocabulary for young adult and adult English language learners. Or find out more about Perspectives, our new series for upper secondary students that teaches learners to think critically and to develop the language skills they need to find their own voice in English. Visit the stand for more information, freebies and offers and for any further information on any of our titles, please visit our website

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Trinity College London has been assessing English language since 1938. Trinity’s international ESOL examinations (operating in 60+ countries) are recognised by academic and professional organisations worldwide. Accredited by the QCA in the UK and mapped to the CEFR, ISE & GESE exams are recognised by universities as evidence of English language proficiency. Trinity also offers world recognised TESOL qualifications for English language teacher training – CertTESOL & DipTESOL. In addition, Trinity also offer examinations in Music, Performing Arts, Dance and Drama.


Click here for the full programme of events and to download a registration form:

BAISIS Conference 2018-programme of events

Conference Registration Form 2018

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 09 March Conference only C 175 275
B&B accommodation at Jury’s Inn Thurs 08 March plus conference 09 March CB 265 365

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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 2018.

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