the results are in - 40 responses
The results of our survey are interesting and prove
that the complexities of guardianship are not
understood by all schools. Guardianship remains a
very grey area and I feel compelled to shed some light
and colour on the subject.
Do you insist that all overseas students, whose
parents live overseas, have a guardian?
80% yes, 3% only if under 18, 10% no, and 7% only if
outside the EU.
Lana’s view: It should be 100% yes. Not having
a guardian leaves children vulnerable and at risk.
Schools doing their own guardianship is not good
practise- in or out of the EU, overseas means hours
away. Schools who don’t need guardians for students
from the EU are doing so as no visa is required. This
totally undermines the need to safeguard ALL children
regardless of their nationality and is, in my view totally
Do you insist on AEGIS Accredited Guardians?
18% yes, a disappointing 72% said no, and 10% were
Lana’s view: This is ridiculous. The schools who are
saying no are basically saying that they are very keen
to put safeguarding at the top of their school agenda
but not willing or interested in following on that duty
of care whilst students are temporarily not in school
for short holidays. By agreeing to non-accredited
guardians taking care of students they are taking a big
All the things we do often go unoticed by
schools as they happen when they are
closed. We fill in gaps in the academic
year. Some gaps are expected and we can
plan ahead such as an early arrival, host
family for exeat weekends and half terms.
Other gaps are surprises and again we
step in and make the situation a seamless
one - students are suspended, need to leave
as they are unwell, have cancelled flights
- we are always there and take over so the
schools can go ahead and close and have
If a school closes for half term and has two
exeat weekends each term, it means one
student has up to 16 events each year which
we have to arrange. I can often be heard
laughing out loud if anyone asks me ‘what
do you actually do?’ - have you got an hour
or so to let me got through it?
I was so impressed by your level of
commitment and the degree of thoroughness
and care you provide the students in your
Maura Power, Culford School
Do you expect guardians to arrange airport and UK
transport for students?
62.5% said not necessarily, only 12.5% said yes, and
25% have their own travel department
Do you close for exeat weekends and expect
students to go to their guardian or host family?
32.5% said yes, 55% no, and 12.5% optional
Do you insist that guardians are available 24/7?
72.5% yes, 27.5% no
Do you insist that guardians live within a certain
proximity to the school?
83% don’t specify, 10% under one hour, and 7% under
Do you insist that guardians are always in the
country and available to assist?
77% yes, 23% no
Do you expect a guardian to be available at short
notice to attend pastoral or behavioural meetings?
84% yes, 16% no
Lana’s view: The results show a complete lack of
understanding of what we do. These are only the
opinions of 40 schools, thankfully. Perhaps the other
360 schools we work with would say differently. I
do hope so as this laid-back attitude to guardianship
really needs to stop.