BAISIS conference

The 2019 BAISIS conference took 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.  8 supporting members attended the conference as sponsors and exhibitors with a further 2 attending as delegates.  The success of supporting membership demonstrates the growing significance of BAISIS in the independent sector. 

Baisis-0026 Robin FletcherThis year’s keynote speaker was 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.  The conference very much enjoyed hearing Robin’s view on developments in international boarding.


Baisis-0208 Emma LoveridgeWe were delighted that Dr Emma Loveridge, Founder and Director of Rafan House, agreed to speak at the other 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.  Dr Loveridge’s fascinating and thought-provoking talk explored how teachers can identify and manage mental health problems when cultural and language difficulties can mask several issues and when integration can be difficult, severely affecting learning outcomes.   

Also participating in this year’s conference were:

  • Elyse Conlon, Moreton Hall: 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
  • Brenton Baer, Business Development Manager & Education Counsellor, Alternatif Education and Ed Peters, Director of Market Development, 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

BAISIS Conference 2019 Programme of Speakers 


Cambridge Guardian Angels CGA is a thriving independent provider of guardianship services for international students attending or planning to attend UK schools as boarding or day pupils. Based in Cambridge, covering primarily Eastern and Southern England, we also work with a network of carefully selected support to cover all areas of the UK. Our aim is always to provide the highest standard of care, and we are AEGIS accredited. We offer Guardianship packages for parents, students and schools, this covers pastoral care, attending school meetings, arranging host family stays for term or exeat periods, arranging additional tuition, etc but are flexible and can tailor our services to meet individual needs.

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.

EUK_logo_CMYK_MEDEnglish UK is the United Kingdom’s national association of accredited English language centres for international students. We represent UK English language teaching nationally and internationally, promoting the highest quality, supporting our member centres and working to ensure that students enjoy the best-possible experience in the UK.

One Education               The One Education Team are Education insurance specialists with over 30 years’ experience in providing insurance solution for all types of education risks, from insurance for the school to students and host families.   Part of the One Broker Group we are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  If you would like discuss your insurance requirements we are here to help!



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Trinity English language qualifications are recognised internationally as reliable evidence of proficiency in English. With a focus on developing communicative and interactive language skills, our exams assess and promote the skills needed for life in the 21st century.

Trinity English language qualifications are suitable for people of all ages learning English as a foreign, second or additional language. Available at all levels, from beginner to advanced, our exams are available to individuals, schools and colleges in more than 60 countries worldwide.

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.

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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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