SUPPORT INSPECTORS’ REPORT The following report is based on visits to, and interviews with Homestays, School Staff and Students – 4 schools and 5 Homestay families were visited during this inspection. Anne Langton Supporting Inspector All students reported that they enjoyed their Homestay placements; the majority of which regularly went to the same Homestay family. One student reported that he requested to change, as he felt geographically isolated and Bright World acted promptly to offer him an alternative placement. Students, mainly, remembered being provided with a handbook and their area coordinator explaining the contents to them, particularly outlining the expectations of students around behaviour when staying with a Homestay family; a particularly effective note on all emails to pupils from Bright World, reminds them about age limits and boundaries to follow when out of the school environment plus reinforcing the guidelines in the handbook. The Bright World system of geographically placed area coordinators to liaise with the students appears popular with the students and works effectively. A consistently high standard of all Homestay accommodation was observed by the Supporting Inspector, however some issues regarding documentation and some aspects of health and safety in the home, did not meet the AEGIS recommended requirements. (See recommendations). The Homestays mostly expressed that they were always keen to offer their students the opportunity to experience outings to explore the local area and include them in their day to day life, in addition to providing them with a chance to relax in their homes. The Supporting Inspector’s overall impression of the service provided to the overseas students in Bright World’s care, has many outstanding areas, particularly around communication with students, schools and parents, organising travel arrangements, visiting and communication with students on a regular basis to enquire after their general wellbeing. However, as outlined in this report, there are aspects of the AEGIS’s health and safety requirements that need further follow up or action, to ensure the safety and well-being of students when in the care of a Homestay family e.g. Gas Certificates and Carbon Monoxide monitors. Much of this outstanding documentation can be further checked during the Lead Inspectors visit to Bright World plus the issue around the number of people in one of the Homestay’s household and accommodation available whilst students were being hosted. Bright World needs to also ensure, that all Homestays understand and implement the recommendations in the Bright World Homestay handbook.
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