Education guardians are appointed to care for international pupils in the UK, typically for pupils aged under 18 studying at independent boarding schools. With the UK Border Agency (UKBA) introducing requirements for suitable care for international pupils, it is now more important than ever for parents and schools to insist that boarders have competent and properly appointed education guardians.
What is an ‘Education Guardian’?
There are many misconceptions regarding the meaning of ‘education guardian’ and it is important to recognise the distinction between ‘education guardians’ and ‘legal guardians’. Education Guardian is not a legal term and should not be used interchangeably with Legal Guardian. An Education Guardian is someone who has been appointed to care for an international pupil in the UK and who has been delegated temporary Parental Responsibility by the parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) residing overseas.
An Education Guardian’s responsibilities usually include caring for the pupil as would a responsible and caring parent by, for example, being in regular contact with him or her and providing advice and support as needed. The terms of appointment and age of the pupil are key. For a pupil under 18, an Education Guardian will typically care and take responsibility for them if he or she is unwell, suspended or expelled.
The role may also include being authorised to make certain decisions concerning the pupil on the parents’ behalf, such as consenting to emergency medical and dental treatment and dealing with matters of a disciplinary nature. The Education Guardian may arrange travel for the pupil and provide or arrange accommodation (homestay). For an older pupil, the Education Guardian may play a lesser role and be appointed only to provide support and advice (mentoring) to the pupil on request.
Brilliant! You're company efficiency is totally amazing and helpful.
Mr Joe Wong, Parent Lancing College
I will need to personally email and thank you and the host family that my daughters stayed with over the weekend for their kind gesture. Their thoughtfulness towards understanding the need for a girl of my daughters age to feel secured and cared for, I am not taking for granted.
It was such a relief when she told me that you had already arranged for a packed lunch and the family provided all their favourite foods.
This ones, (host family) you, certainly hand-picked ! And I thank you for that.! With many like them, there is still hope in the loss of empathy in humanity.
Have a lovely day
Patience Evans, Parent St Mary’s
Thank you for your mail with Peeranut’s travel arrangements attached. Very efficient, as always.
Can I take this opportunity to thank you for all your brilliant support throughout the year and to wish you a lovely summer.
Peter O’Donoghue, Head of Boys Boarding, Bournemouth Collegiate School
Hope things are fine with you. Now the school is over and Sarah is now on her way home...
Therefore, I would like to say thank you for all your kindness and hospitality that has been extended to Sarah all this time. Unfortunately, I didn't attend the Speech Day this year so I didn't have the opportunity to express my gratitude personally to you. Hopefully someday somewhere an opportunity would arise for me to do so.
I wish you and the whole family a joyful summer break...and all the best for the future.
With warmest regards
Rita Tjahjadi, Parent Prior Park College, Bath
Thank you kindly for the travel details that you have sent through for both Natalie and Edith for the end of this term and start of next term - you are very well organised to be this far ahead! Many thanks for clarifying and sending on details for the other girls. It certainly makes life easier when return arrangements are sent in and you are one of the few agencies that does this; much appreciated!
Helen Tomlinson, Head of Boarding, Rye St Antony School
Thank you for your letter.
I have read the letter word by word, and I also told to Shaobo's mother about your letter. We are unable to express our gratitude to you with words and really appreciate your so considerate care and help to Shaobo. And now we could put our minds at ease. It is so good luck for Shaobo to meet you in UK!
Lou Jirong, Parent, Sidcot School
I am very impressed with your smooth and effective organisation. All the very best.
Mark Venn Dunn, Head of Boarding ACS Cobham International School