The covid pandemic has impacted negatively on students around the globe. We’ve been working hard alongside schools to ensure that students within the UK from places such as China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been supported in their new ways of learning.
These are just some of the ways we’ve been able to assist educational establishments and their students:
Undertaking progress audits with students – finding out how they feel about each subject and if there’s anything they need assistance with academically.
Supporting students mental wellbeing – mental health has been a particular issue for some overseas students who have not had the usual opportunities to return home. Some have left school permanently whilst others have switched school following friendship issues. We’ve been able to help by:
- undertaking informal chats with students, signposting them to the ways in which the school is willing and able to assist them – listening to their concerns and finding a way forward can be of great comfort to students and their families.
- helping gain access to things that provide a taste of home – with food being central to Chinese culture this may be items of food they are particularly missing.
- working alongside the school to organise activities for Chinese festivals such as New Year, Tombsweeping Festival, Lantern Festival etc. Such events can lift spirits and help students socialise with other students of all nationalities who are, in turn, able to gain a greater understanding of Chinese culture.
The ongoing situation is particularly difficult for learners who are unable to return to the UK and are currently stuck in Asia. They typically miss their friends and are concerned about their academic progress. We are able to help identify and, alongside the school, address their concerns and provide reassurance to them and their families.
During times of perpetual change it’s important that Chinese students and their families are kept well informed of the steps schools are taking to keep their learners safe. We are able to assist with communication with students, parents and carers – ensuring that a good understanding of policies is achieved (for example, Covid-related policies and safeguarding).
Alongside the above we are able to provide a convincing argument regarding the continued benefits of studying in the UK, based on personal experience.
The above outlines just some of the ways we’ve been able to provide assistance over the last difficult 12 months. If you are interested in how we can assist you or your educational establishment please don’t hesitate to get in touch.