The Guardian Family Network (GNet) has close working relationships with two outstanding companies, who provide educational consultancy and boarding school placements for Japanese students.  The three companies work in close correlation to each other to ensure a cohesive process and provide a total package of support for each student and their parents.

The Watanabe Office (WO) and The Independent Education Consultants (TIEC) work in close partnership to offer a range of educational consultancy services, to their clients in Japan.  This ensures support for parents who may struggle to communicate in English, and understand the British Education system.  It ensures access to a team of experts based in their native country, who offer guidance to bridge the culture gap, together with experienced consultants in the UK with up-to-date knowledge and strong working relationships with Boarding Schools, Language Course providers and Universities.  The service offered is a bespoke, comprehensive consultancy with solid International support.

Mrs Kazuko Watanabe, Owner of WO, has a vast knowledge of UK education, having not only attended a Boarding School herself but subsequently having sent her daughter to study here in the UK.  She and her staff, offer a superior package of support and guidance to families based on personal experience and through many years of supporting Japanese parents making this important investment in their children’s future.  WO have been supporting families with boarding school applications and guardianship services for the past 30 years and over 750 Japanese children have successfully navigated their UK boarding school careers under the careful guidance of the professional team based in Tokyo.

WO and TIEC have worked closely together for a number of years, with the current, cohesive partnership between WO, TIEC and GNet developing over the past 5 years.  WO promote the TIEC School Placement and University Consultancy to their Japanese clients, who enter into an agreement for the joint consultancy services, including Guardianship Services, offered by GNet.

Throughout their time in the UK, each student benefits from the on-going support of all three organisations.  GNet for all day-to-day issues and logistics, in close liaison with WO, who act as intermediaries and interpreters for their clients at home in Japan and TIEC who continue to provide educational support and guidance at key times such as 11+ and 13+ entry, Senior School decisions, tutoring and University choices.

The role WO play in supporting GNet and their students is imperative, ensuring a detailed understanding of cultural differences and expectations, enabling every student and their parents to access all the benefits of a UK education fully and confidently, whilst being assured of the best possible care provided by the nominated local guardian families allocated to each student.  GNet and WO liaise on a daily basis on all matters requiring parent consent or authorisation and as Legal Guardians, ensure that all students are cared for, in a professional, engaging and individual way.

How does this affect our local guardian families + daily communications?

It is the GNet view that all parties involved in the care of the students should have open and direct lines of communication and local guardian families are encouraged to maintain regular contact with House Staff to build a strong, supportive relationship for their student.

However, when communicating both schools and guardians are asked to bear in mind the following:

GNet are the registered Legal Guardian for the student whilst they study here in the UK, as appointed by the parents.

Local guardian families, nominated to care for the student on behalf of GNet, are not able to give permission or consent or make educational decisions without the prior approval of GNet; who ensure parents, through WO, are involved at every stage of decision making for their child.

GNet are the primary link in the UK, between the parents (through WO), the Schools and the local guardian families and are in contact with our partner office on a daily basis to answer any queries, questions or concerns.  All information should flow through them to ensure continuity of care for all students, enabling GNet to offer effective, efficient support to everyone and thereby avoiding misinterpretation, miscommunication or confusion.