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International boarders – Tier 4 update - October 19, 2017
19 Oct 2017 10:30 - 19 Oct 2017 15:30


International boarders - Tier 4 update 


Date: October 19, 2017 


Why you should attend? International boarders are an important component of all UK boarding schools and now comprise about 33% of the total boarding population. The legislative and administrative requirements for those with Tier 4 visas are complicated and a critical area for schools. This workshop will provide an update on recent changes as well as an insight into the compliance issues of which schools need to be aware.




10:00               Registration and refreshments


10:30               Welcome and introduction


10:35               Session 1Tier 4 issues and concerns

Aileen Kane, Director of Operations, Boarding Schools’ Association


11:00               Refreshment break                


11:20               Session 2 -  Tier 4 Update

Sheena Kerr, UKVI


12:30               Lunch


13:15               Session 3 – Legal issues

Sunena Stoneham, Principal Legal Counsel, Independent Schools Council


13:50               Refreshment break


14:00               Session 4 –Tier 4 sponsor compliance

            Hazar El- Chamaa, Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP


15:00               Close



Aileen Kane, Director of Operations, Boarding Schools’ Association

Aileen Kane leads BSA’s Marketing and Services Team, which oversees marketing, media, social media, print and digital publishing, events, sponsorship, advertising, finance, HR and facilities. She also has deputising responsibilities for the Chief Executive.

After nine years managing marketing and communications at two independent UK boarding schools, Aileen joined BSA as Head of Communications in March 2015. A business graduate, she worked as a head of international marketing in the beauty industry before entering the education sector. 

Aileen, who understands the issues and challenges facing the UK boarding sector, is a member of BSA’s senior leadership team. Through this she has additional responsibility for developing services for member schools in Scotland, and liaising with the government, local authorities and other agencies to find places for refugee children escaping from conflict countries. 


Sheena Kerr, UKVI

Since graduating from the University of Liverpool in 2002, Sheena spent the majority of her career as a civil servant.  She has held a wide range of posts within the Home Office, including operational, private office and policy roles.  Sheena joined the Student Migration Policy Team in August 2016, and leads on stakeholder engagement and cross-cutting policies, most recently leading on a review of the Short-Term Study route.

Sunena Stoneham, Principal Legal Counsel, Independent Schools Council

Having worked in the legal profession for a number of years, Sunena’s private practice experience included both contentious and non-contentious immigration, employment and general company/commercial matters. In her role as Legal Counsel, Sunena provides legal and regulatory information and guidance to schools on a variety of areas which includes the policy relevant to sponsoring international pupils. In addition, Sunena sits on the Board of Governors for the Mill Hill School Foundation.

Hazar El- Chamaa, Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP

Hazar has over ten years’ immigration experience and has been advising education providers on all aspects of compliance, restructuring and business strategies since the inception of Tier 4. Her experience also includes advising on appeals, judicial review applications and challenges to Home Office decisions which affect sponsors. Hazar is a frequent speaker on immigration law and gives training on sponsor compliance and prevention of illegal working. She is an elected executive committee member of ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) and has been recommended by the Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession. Penningtons is recognised as a key link between the Home Office and educational institutions in the process of implementing and working through PBS reform.


Venue: London Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, W1F 7HL


Cost: Member £200

          Non-member £250


Courthouse Hotel London, 19-21 Gt Marlborough Sreet, London, W1F 7HL, United Kingdom