AEGIS was launched in the House of Lords in 1997. AEGIS now has 40 guardianship organisations – all of which have been inspected and accredited. Surprisingly, despite there being 27,000 students being looked after by educational guardians in the UK today, only 5000 international boarders are being looked after by organisations that are members of AEGIS. Andrew Sutherland is campaigning to educate schools and parents of the need to choose AEGIS-accredited guardianship organisations.
Meanwhile, Sutherland Education itself was growing rapidly, as it finally gave schools a trusted organisation to refer parents to.In the first 3.5 years, Sutherland was looking after 110 students.
A key difference is that Sutherland is committed to overseeing the student’s whole educational pathway, being engaged in student welfare both pastorally and educationally. Most guardianship organisations do not have this educational bent and look after student’s welfare only.
In 2015, Sutherland Education celebrated a major milestone – the 50th anniversary of Andrew Sutherland’s involvement in the guardianship industry.
“The high point of leading Sutherland Education is redressing the situations where students have been places with families which have not worked out. It’s so important to get right type of family who want to share their home – a lot of students need extra support and help, and parents are so relieved to find the right support and the right family.” Andrew Sutherland
Andrew Sutherland has also been involved with many charities concerned with the welfare of children. In 1990 he received an award from Princess Anne for work done with Save the Children.
He continues to run Sutherland with a remarkable philanthropic and altruistic approach, combining professionalism with 50 years of experience and a dedication to students’ welfare. In fact, the motto of Sutherland Education is “Sans Peur” – “Without Fear” – chosen because parents can send their children to the UK without fear.