COBIS offers a number of courses for Middle Leaders including the one-year COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (CPML) as well as the four-day Middle Leaders' Course delivered by Karen Ardley Associates and a Stepping Up to Senior Leadership Course.

COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (CPML)

In 2016/17 more than 80 Middle Leaders took part in the COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (click here to download the programme guide). For 2017/18 CPML cohorts will run in Madrid, Bucharest, Mexico City, Muscat, Malawi and the Cayman Islands. The first face-to-face sessions will take place in September/October 2017. See below for further details.

Key points about the CPML:

  • A 1 year programme for ambitious middle leaders who wish to develop their personal and professional skills.
  • A blended learning approach with facilitated workshops and self-directed learning, including five days of face-to-face training events.
  • Participants develop their professional network with other COBIS colleagues

Further details and booking information:

CPML 2017/18 - Blantyre, Malawi
Host School: St Andrew's International Primary School, Malawi
Venue: Blantyre, Malawi (conference venue TBC)
First face-to-face sessions: 27-29 September 2017
Second face-to-face sessions: March 2018
Delegate fee: £995 (does not include travel or accommodation)
Booking process: Please complete an online booking form.

CPML 2017/18 - Bucharest, Romania
Host School: British School of Bucharest, Romania
Venue: British School of Bucharest, Romania
First face-to-face sessions: 12-14 October 2017
Second face-to-face sessions: 16-17 March 2018
Delegate fee: 1300 euros (does not include travel or accommodation)
Booking process: Please complete an online booking form.

CPML 2017/18 - Madrid, Spain
Host School: King's College, Madrid
Venue: Hotel Ilunion, Madrid
First face-to-face sessions: 16-18 October 2017
Second face-to-face sessions: 15-16 March 2018
Delegate fee: 1485 euros (does not include travel or accommodation)
Booking process: Please complete an online booking form.

CPML 2017/18 - Muscat, Oman
Host School: British School Muscat, Oman
First face-to-face sessions: 7-9 October 2017
Second face-to-face sessions: 3-4 February 2018
Reflection Day: 6 May 2018
Delegate fee: 550 OMR
Booking process: Please complete an online booking form.

CPML 2017/18 - Mexico City, Mexico (2 cohorts)
Host School: The Edron Academy, Mexico
Venue: First sessions: Hosteria Las Quintas (one hour outside of Mexico City) / Second sessions: Novotel Santa Fe, Mexico City
First face-to-face sessions: 21-23 September 2017 / 19-21 October 2017
Second face-to-face sessions: 12-13 March 2018 / 16-17 April 2018
Delegate fee: US$2,450 (US$2,100 for places booked and paid by 30 June 2017) - fee includes accommodation and meals
Booking process: Please complete an online booking form.


4 Day Middle Leaders' Courses

Leading Learning from the Middle

COBIS, working in partnership with Karen Ardley Associates, will be providing accredited professional development for Primary and Secondary Middle Leaders. The four-day Middle Leaders' Course - Leading Learning from the Middle - will run in Malaysia and Kenya in 2017/18.

Cost: £600 for COBIS Members / £695 for non-COBIS Members

Course objectives:

  • To deepen middle managers' understanding of themselves and their leadership behaviours;
  • To extend middle managers' knowledge and understanding about leadership;
  • To develop leadership skills.

The programme will focus on the following key areas:

  • The role of the middle leader/manager;
  • Our current educational agenda;
  • An emotionally intelligent leader;
  • Effective professional development;
  • Working with teams;
  • Giving feedback;
  • Coaching for improvement;
  • Improving teaching and learning in your area;
  • Presentation skills.

Feedback from recent participants:

"I would highly recommend this programme - unable to put a price on the value of the last 4 days."

"The best things about this programme is that I feel more confident, inspired to make changes to improve my leadership, and motivated. It is great to talk and listen to others in the same boat, and excellent toolkits to use back in school."

"The depth of knowledge and experience presented by the programme and facilitator were inspiring and useful. I feel stronger and more confident in my role. I would definitely recommend this programme to all middle leaders."

Stepping Up to Senior Leadership

Date: 11-12 November 2017
Location: International Preparatory School, Portugal
Delegate Fee: £395 for COBIS Members / £450 for non-Members-day
Booking Process: Please complete an online booking form

This two-day programme for aspiring senior leaders provides opportunities to explore current leadership and management practices and skills to ensure continual school improvement and high performance. Participants will have the opportunity to update, reflect on, and share leadership learning. They will leave the programme inspired and informed, and ready to motivate people they currently lead as well as ready to take on greater responsibility in senior leadership. Download Course Flyer.

Feedback from course participants:

"This programme was extremely informative, reassuring as well as challenging and daunting. There is so much to do, so much I need to improve, but also so much that I am doing right. Thank you."

"I would absolutely recommend this programme - I thoroughly enjoyed the engagement of all members, the active participation in the activities and the style of the course leader. Thank you."

"An excellent programme. It has inspired me to take more action! Informative, practical, time to reflect on the subject, time to organise thoughts and time to share. Clear and concise."

"I would recommend this programme to senior leadership. It gives tools and skills to be more creative and motivational, on how to approach people and how to drive a school to success."

CPML Facilitator Training

COBIS is pleased to be able to offer schools the opportunity to train new facilitators who will be able to deliver the CPML in their own schools, opening up the possibility for COBIS Schools to run their own programmes or work in collaboration with other schools.

COBIS ran CPML Facilitator Training Courses this year in London and Mexico. To register interest in future CPML Facilitator Training Courses, please email cpd@cobis.org.uk.

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