UK Guardianship Services

Working closely with parents,
schools and agents

Sutherland Education provides educational guardianship services, looking after the well-being of children and young adults who are international students in the UK. Our guardians work closely with parents, schools and agents to ensure the safeguarding of our students whilst they are living away from home.

First guardianship in the UK
and founder of AEGIS

Sutherland Education was founded in 1989 by Andrew Sutherland who instigated the sector of educational guardianship services in the UK. Andrew also originated and founded the regulatory body for the sector, AEGIS, (The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students), which was launched in the House of Lords in November 1997. He has now devoted over 30 years to caring for the needs of international students and their parents. His passion for making a better world through international studentship originates from his childhood and which extends his uninterrupted involvement in guardianship for more than 55 years. He is alleged to be the most experienced practitioner of international student guardianship in the UK.

This year Sutherland Education celebrates it’s 58th Anniversary, making us the longest standing provider of educational guardianship in the UK.

A unique history

Andrew Sutherland’s connection and work with providing guardianship for international students was inspired by his childhood experience. He and his three brothers were brought up of the family guardianship association, the Kith and Kind Association (K&K), started by his mother, Mrs Betty Sutherland, in 1963. This was the first guardianship association in the UK and was run from Rudyard Kipling’s home, Bateman’s, a National Trust property, where his mother was the founder curator. Prior to this, and with international students also living with them there, the family (Andrew has 3 brothers – all having worked in education) lived at Michelham Priory where, again, Andrew’s mother was the founder curator.

Why choose us


Safeguarding: Originator of AEGIS the regulatory body for the industry


Reputation: 58 years of Education Guardianship provision


Value for Money: Light Guardianship option for students who do not require accommodation – just £750 per year


Mission Statement


Individual regular homestay guardian appointed for each student


Individual regular homestay guardian appointed for each student

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