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The COBIS CPD calendar for 2016/17 includes courses and conferences for:

  • Teachers
  • TAs and Support Staff
  • Middle and Aspiring Leaders
  • Senior Leaders
  • PAs and Secretaries
  • Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
  • Bursars and Business Managers
  • HR Staff

There will also be opportunities to access online courses and webinars for the whole school workforce. In 2016/17, COBIS CPD events will be held in Spain, Greece, Belgium, The Netherlands, USA, Norway, UAE, Oman, Romania, Italy, Japan, Malawi, Portugal and the UK. We are grateful to all of our host schools. We hope to see you, or your colleagues, at some of these exciting events this year.  

 

COBIS CPD CALENDAR

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES FOR TEACHERS, TAs and LEADERS

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR SENIOR MANAGERS, MIDDLE LEADERS AND CPD LEADERS, Cairo, Egypt - 3-4 February 2017

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Reaching Excellence: It's All About The Teacher

 

BOOKING DEADLINE APPROACHING

 

This conference, hosted by The British International School, Cairo, will focus on the importance of contextualised teacher learning and development, effective models of CPD, and how these can secure school improvement and raise attainment of pupils.

  • How do we improve teacher performance?
  • What is the impact of CPD on pupil outcomes?
  • What are the most effective models of teacher learning and development?
  • How do we measure this impact? 

Speakers will include Steve Munby (Education Development Trust), Professor Deborah Eyre (High Performance Learning) and David Weston (Teacher Development Trust). This conference is sponsored by Double First. There will also be a free COBIS webinar on 6 December 2016 on a related topic.  

Book your place now!

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR EAL STAFF, Bucharest, Romania -
16-17 February 2017

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Supporting EAL Students in International Schools

 

The British School of Bucharest will host this conference featuring experts in the field of EAL in international schools. Topics will include:

  • Equal Rights to the Curriculum: Promoting home languages as a right, a fact and a resource
  • Interlingual Teaching and Learning
  • Translanguaging
  • ESL Strategies for Secondary Mainstream Teachers
  • Deconstructing Academic Language
  • EAL in Primary Classrooms
  • And more

Visit the COBIS website for more information, a draft programme and booking forms.

COBIS/YOUTH SPORT TRUST PE AND SCHOOL SPORT SEMINAR, Coventry, UK -
28 February 2017

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COBIS and Youth Sport Trust will be working together to deliver a one-day seminar on PE and School Sport for International Schools. This seminar will take place ahead of the Youth Sport Trust National PE Conference. Visit the COBIS website for more information and booking details.

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR TRIPS AND FIELDWORK LEADERSHIP, The Hague, The Netherlands - 17-18 March 2017

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This new conference, hosted by The British School in The Netherlands, is aimed at experienced and beginning trips leaders. This event offers a training weekend to refresh and energise experienced trips leaders and to impart skills and best practice to beginning trips leaders looking to lead effective and safe residential trips. Sessions will include:

  • Communicating Stories
  • Crisis Management
  • On the Road: Travelling with Students
  • Managing Cultural Differences
  • Student Led Fundraising
  • Risk Management in the Field
  • And more

Bookings are now being accepted. Visit the COBIS website for more information and booking forms.

COBIS WELLBEING CONFERENCE, Dubai, UAE - 14-15 April 2017

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Nurturing Every Child

 

The importance of wellbeing for children and adolescents throughout their primary and secondary school education is well documented. This conference hosted by Dubai College on wellbeing, with leading expert speakers from the field, focuses on strategies and developments, including mindfulness, that can be used by educators in their aim for happier, more well-adjusted students. Speakers will include:

  • Professor A.C. Grayling, New College of the Humanities
  • Ian Morris, Wellington College
  • John De Graaf, Author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
  • Dr Ilona Boniwell, Director of Positran

 Book your place now!

PROGRAMMES FOR MIDDLE LEADERS

FOUR-DAY MIDDLE LEADERS' COURSE - Athens, Dubai, New York, Stavanger

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Leading Learning from the Middle

 

This Four-Day Middle Leaders' Course, delivered by Karen Ardley Associates in partnership with COBIS, will run in Athens, Dubai, New York, and Stavanger. Early booking is recommended for this popular course.

  • 4-7 March 2017 - St Catherine's British School, Athens, Greece
  • 16-19 April 2017 - Dubai English Speaking College, UAE
  • 18-21 April 2017 - The British International School of New York, USA
  • 26-29 May 2017 - British International School of Stavanger, Norway

Feedback from previous participants:

 

"Words aren't enough to describe how empowered and inspired I feel! This programme gets you back to the heart of why I am a teacher."

 

"An inspirational course that has changed my outlook on education."

 

STEPPING UP TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP, Athens, Greece - 4-5 March 2017

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This two-day course, hosted by St Catherine's British School in Athens and delivered by Karen Ardley Associates in association with COBIS, provides aspiring senior leaders with opportunities to explore current leadership and management practices and skills to ensure continual school improvement and high performance.

COBIS PROGRAMME FOR MIDDLE LEADERS (CPML)

The 2016/17 COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (CPML) is now under way with nearly 90 participants taking part. The CPML is a one-year programme for ambitious middle leaders who wish to develop their personal and professional skills. The CPML uses a blended learning approach with facilitated workshops and self-directed learning, including five days of face-to-face training events. CPML cohorts are running this year in The Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Romania, Malawi and Oman.

CPML FACILITATOR TRAINING - Mexico and London

COBIS is pleased to be able to offer schools the opportunity to train new facilitators who will be able to deliver the COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (CPML). This opens up the possibility for COBIS Schools to run their own CPML programmes or work in collaboration with other schools.

  • Mexico CPML Facilitator Training Course - 29-31 March 2017 - The Edron Academy, Mexico City
  • London CPML Facilitator Training Course - 3-5 May 2015 - London (ahead of the Annual Conference)

Please visit the COBIS website for more information and booking forms. Places are limited for these two training courses.

TRAINING FOR BURSARS, BUSINESS MANAGERS AND HR STAFF

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR BURSARS, BUSINESS MANAGERS and HR STAFF, Lisbon, Portugal - 10-11 February 2017

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Sustainability in Schools

 

Delegates are invited to register for the third COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff. This event will be held at St Julian's School, Portugal, and is sponsored by WCBS International. The programme will cover a range of themes including Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Community and Partnerships, as well as delegate-led sessions. For more information about the programme and booking forms, please visit the COBIS website.

TRAINING FOR PAs AND SECRETARIES

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR PAs AND SECRETARIES, Brussels, Belgium - 16-17 February 2017

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COBIS is pleased to offer this training event specifically for Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and Secretaries working in British International Schools. The conference will be hosted by the British School of Brussels. The programme will include topics such as:

  • Time management and personal effectiveness
  • Happiness at work
  • Effective working relationships between Heads and PAs
  • International mindedness
  • Office efficiency
  • And more

For more information and booking forms, please visit the COBIS website

TRAINING FOR MARKETING, DEVELOPMENT AND ADMISSIONS STAFF

COBIS CONFERENCE FOR MARKETING, DEVELOPMENT AND ADMISSIONS STAFF, Tokyo, Japan - 27-28 March 2017

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Take advantage of Early Bird delegate fees - book before 31 December 2016

 

The British School in Tokyo will be hosting the fourth COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff. The conference programme will include topics such as:

  • School Marketing Messages
  • The Role of the Head in Marketing, Development and Admissions
  • Future School Transformations
  • Development in Schools
  • Crisis Communications
  • Website Strategy
  • And more

Take advantage of Early Bird rates by booking your place before 31 December 2016. Visit the COBIS website for more information. 

November 2016

FORTHCOMING COBIS CPD EVENTS

Spring Term

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COBIS Conference for Senior Managers, Middle Leaders, and CPD Leaders
Cairo
3-4 February 2017

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COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff
Lisbon
10-11 February 2017

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COBIS Conference for EAL staff

Bucharest

16-17 February

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COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries

Brussels

16-17 February

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COBIS/Youth Sport Trust PE and School Sport Conference
Coventry
28 February 2017

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Stepping Up to Senior Leadership Course

Athens

4-5 March 2017

COBIS Four-Day Middle Leaders' Course

Athens

4-7 March 2017

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COBIS Conference for Trips and Fieldwork Leadership
The Hague

17-18 March 2017

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COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
Tokyo
27-28 March 2017

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COBIS Wellbeing Conference

Dubai

14-15 April 2017

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COBIS Four-Day Middle Leaders' Course
Dubai
16-19 April 2017

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COBIS Four-Day Middle Leaders' Course
New York
18-21 April 2017

Summer Term

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Safer Recruitment for International Schools

London

6 May 2016

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36th COBIS Annual Conference

Transformations
London
6-8 May 2017

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Advanced Child Protection Course
London

9 May 2017

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COBIS Four-Day Middle Leaders' Course
Stavanger

26-29 May 2017

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CHILD PROTECTION AND SAFER RECRUITMENT TRAINING

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Child Protection and Safer Recruitment Training (COBIS and EduCare)
Online Safeguarding Training for the whole school

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Safer Recruitment for International Schools
London, UK

6 May 2017

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Advanced Child Protection Course
London, UK

9 May 2017

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COBIS WEBINARS

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Free COBIS Webinars on a range of topics run each term
The latest webinar schedule is available on the COBIS website

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COBIS SUPPORTING MEMBERS

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A number of COBIS Supporting Members offer professional development for British Schools abroad.
To learn more about CPD provision from COBIS Supporting Members, visit the COBIS website.

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COBIS CONSULTANCY SERVICE

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COBIS Consultancy Service

This service can help you access quality-assured trainers and consultants to provide tailored CPD in your school. To learn more, visit the COBIS website.

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FORTHCOMING WEBINAR

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FREE COBIS WEBINAR

Reaching Excellence: It's all about the teacher - Effective Models of Teacher Learning.

 

6 December 2016 - Register for your free place now.

36th COBIS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017

TRANSFORMATIONS

O2 Intercontinental, London - 6-8 May 2017

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The COBIS Annual Conference will be returning to the O2 InterContinental in Greenwich, London in 2017.

 

COBIS looks forward to welcoming Heads, Governors, Senior Managers, Supporting Members, and other colleagues from the education sector to this flagship event. The title for 2017 is Transformations. The conference programme will explore a range of themes including:

  • Schools, leaders, teachers - transforming the lives of children and young people
  • How schools nurture talent and evolve ideas to create better learning opportunities and outcomes for students
  • Evolution of the international education sector - how the COBIS community, through working together, sharing ideas and best practice, can transform the direction of international education at local, national and international levels
  • Transformative initiatives and approaches - in the classroom and beyond
  • Sustainable leadership and teacher supply - developing staff and transforming leadership potential in schools
  • Transforming culture in schools to create centres of lifelong learning

 

Seminar proposals are currently being accepted for the Annual Conference. COBIS welcomes submissions or suggestions from all COBIS members for the conference programme. Please contact Fiona Rogers on cpd@cobis.org.uk for more information. Exhibitor and Delegate booking will open in December 2016.

COBIS DIPLOMA FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS (DITA)

Both the COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA) and the DITA for Early Years provide international Teaching Assistants with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work alongside teachers whilst maximising learning opportunities for children. Enrolment for these courses is currently open. 

RECENT COBIS CONFERENCES

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COBIS would like to thank the c.500 delegates, speakers and exhibitors who took part in two recent COBIS conferences - the COBIS EYFS Conference hosted by Byron College, Athens, and the COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend in Madrid. Both events were very successful. Byron College and King's Group colleagues deserve particular congratulations and thanks for the huge amount of work that goes into organising these events. For more information, visit the Previous Conferences section of the COBIS website. 

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