- 36th COBIS Annual Conference 2017
- COBIS Wellbeing Conference, 14-15 April 2017, Dubai College
- COBIS Conference for Marketing. Development and Admissions Staff, 27-28 March 2017
- COBIS Conference for EAL Staff, 16-17 February 2017, British School of Bucharest
- COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries, 16-17 February 2017, The British School of Brussels,
- COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff, 10-11 February 2017, St Julian's School, Lisbon
- COBIS EYFS Conference, 28-29 October 2016, Byron College, Athens
- COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend, 28-29 October 2016, King's College Madrid
- 35th COBIS Annual Conference, 7-9 May 2016, London
- COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff, 21-22 March 2016, Prague British School
- St Paul's 3rd Education Conference, in association with COBIS, 19-20 March 2016, St Paul's School, Brazil
- COBIS/Youth Sport Trust PE and School Sport Conference, 2-3 March 2016, Coventry, UK
- COBIS Four-Day Middle Leaders Courses, February-March 2016, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Doha
- COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries, 25-26 February 2016, British School of Bucharest
- COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff, 20-21 November 2015, British School in The Netherlands
- COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend, 6-7 November 2015, King's College, Madrid
- COBIS EYFS Conference, 23-24 October 2015, British Embassy School Ankara
6-8 May 2017
The 36th COBIS Annual Conference took place at the InterContinental London O2 in Greenwich, 6-8 May 2017. The conference was attended by c.700 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests.
The theme for the 2017 conference was Transformations.
Programme and Speakers - Keynote speakers included:
- Professor Dame Alison Peacock, CEO, Chartered College of Teaching
- Professor Ian Robertson, Chair in Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, and author of The Stress Test and The Winner Effect
- Robert Senior, CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi
- Bill Sweeney, CEO, British Olympic Association
The 36th COBIS Annual Conference was sponsored by:
The first COBIS Wellbeing Conference was held at Dubai College, 14-15 April 2017. The conference was attended by more than 40 delegates and exhibitors from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, China and more.
Speakers included Professor A. C. Grayling from London's New College of the Humanities, Ian Morris from Wellington College, Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh from the University of East London, and John de Graaf, author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Delegates discussed topics such as how to teach character and wellbeing, how to reduce stress, mindful parenting strategies, and coaching for wellbeing. Feedback from the conference was extremely positive, with many photos and quotes being posted on Twitter throughout the conference.
COBIS would like to thank colleagues from Dubai College who did a tremendous job of organising this event. To view a copy of the conference programme, please click here.
The British School in Tokyo hosted the fourth COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff, 27-28 March 2017. The conference was attended by more than 75 delegates, speakers and exhibitors who travelled to Tokyo from nearly 20 different countries including Malaysia, China, Peru, Romania, Denmark and Kazakhstan.
COBIS would like to thank colleagues from The British School in Tokyo who did a tremendous job of organising this event. During the conference, students from The British School in Tokyo worked with Eye Film to create a conference film. Click here to view the final film. To view a copy of the conference programme, please click here.
The COBIS Conference for EAL Staff was hosted at British School of Bucharest, 16-17 February 2017. More than 50 participants travelled from schools in 15 different countries including Japan, Saudi Arabia, Luxembourg and Italy, to hear from distinguished EAL experts over the course of the conference. The programme included sessions on Equal Rights to the Curriculum, Translanguaging, Deconstructing Academic Languages, and more, and delegates were also able to take advantage of one-to-one sessions with the speakers to discuss issues specific to their schools.
COBIS would like to thank British School of Bucharest for hosting and organising this successful event.
The second COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries was hosted at The British School of Brussels, 16-17 February 2017. There were more than 50 participants including delegates from schools in 14 different countries. The programme included sessions on Happiness at Work; Personal Effectiveness; Effective Working Relationships Between Heads and PAs; Office Efficiency; International Mindedness; and more.
COBIS would like to thank The British School of Brussels for hosting and organising this successful event.
St Julian's School, Portugal hosted the third COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff, 10-11 February 2017. The conference theme was Sustainability in Schools. The conference was attended by c.50 participants including representatives from COBIS Member and non-Member schools in more than 15 countries. COBIS would like to thank St Julian's School, the speakers and facilitators, the delegates and exhibitors, as well as the headline sponsor - WCBS International.
To view a copy of the programme, please click here.
Byron College, Athens hosted a successful COBIS Early Years Conference, 28-29 October 2016. The conference was attended by Early Years professionals from schools in 14 different countries.
The conference included sessions on:
- The Write Start
- Playing and Exploring
- Creating Learning Focused Schools
- Impact of TAs in EYFS
- Achieving 'Outstanding' EYFS Lessons
- The Importance of Early Detection of Developmental Disabilities and Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment
- Independence Skills
- Effective Assessment for Learning
- Collaborative Assessment and Evaluation between TAs and Teachers
To view a copy of the programme, please click here.
COBIS would like to thank the excellent conference speakers, the enthusiastic delegates and exhibitors, and the generous hosts from Byron College.
Teachers as Learners: Developing professional competence through collaborative learning and reflective practice
More than 400 Teachers, Teaching Assistants, School Leaders, Exhibitors and Speakers came together for the COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend in Madrid, 28-29 October 2016.
The opening keynote speaker was Monty Halls, speaking on Inspiration, Teamwork, Leadership…and Risk. The conference finished with a plenary presentation from Shonette Bason. Over the course of two days, participants could choose from a huge range of sessions divided into strands for EYFS, Primary English, Secondary English & Creatives, Primary Maths, Secondary Maths, Science, Humanities, MFL, Pastoral/PSHE, SMSC, Leadership & Management, Coaching/Mindfulness, Technology & E-Learning, and Insight Workshops. To view a copy of the 2016 programme, please click here.
COBIS would like to thank all of the delegates, exhibitors and speakers who participated, and a special thank you to colleagues at King's Group for organising this successful event.
The 35th COBIS Annual Conference - Authentic Leadership: Inspirational Stories for Learning in British Schools Overseas - took place at InterContinental London - The O2, from 7-9 May 2016. The conference was our largest ever with more than 600 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests attending over the course of three days. Representatives from over 150 schools in more than 60 countries took part in a range of plenary sessions, seminars and social activities which enabled extensive networking opportunities.
To view the post-conference newsletter, please click here.
To view the conference programme, please click here.
Over 60 delegates attended the third COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff 21-22 March 2016, hosted by Prague British School. The programme included sessions on Event Planning – theory and practice, School Websites and Social Media and Alumni Relations as well as opportunities for networking and sharing experience. Many delegates also enjoyed a pre-conference cultural day tour in Prague on the day before the conference started. COBIS CPD & Events Officer, Amy Carter, and International Marketing Intern, Stefan Constantine, were also thrilled to participate in the conference and meet delegates, speakers and exhibitors. COBIS would like to thank the school for hosting a great conference.
The St Paul's School 3rd Education Conference, organised in association with COBIS, took place 19-20 March 2016. The Conference attracted over 300 delegates from schools in the Latin America region, with keynote sessions by Sir John Jones and Sir Anthony Seldon, as well as an array of practical workshops on themes such as single-sex education, bilingualism and pupil driven education.
Colin Bell, COBIS CEO, was delighted to be able to join delegates, speakers and exhibitors at the Conference and we would like to thank the school for hosting an excellent event.
Pictured below: Sir Anthony Seldon and Lee Ward leading an audience participation session. To view the programme from the Conference, please click here.
COBIS partnered with Youth Sport Trust to deliver the first COBIS/YST PE and School Sport Conference 2-3 March 2016. Delegates from 9 COBIS schools attended the event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, participating in a range of sessions including Raising achievement through PE and sport and Be confident that you are ready for Inspection as well as an opening address from Baroness Sue Campbell CBE. COBIS Student Engagement Officer Catriona Lawless was pleased to be able to join delegates at the 2 day event which included a Gala Dinner listening to the inspirational stories of international medal winning sports men and women and honouring the achievements of those from the world of PE and school sport.
Pictured below: Daniel Grannon, St Catherine's British School speaking about behaviour management.
Working in partnership with Karen Ardley Associates, COBIS provided training for Middle Leaders in 3 regions this Spring: Europe, the Middle East and South America. The courses, which provide accredited professional development for Primary and Secondary Middle Leaders, were attended by more than 60 delegates from COBIS member and non-member schools, hosted at St Paul’s School, British Schools of Brussels and Doha English Speaking School. The aspiring/middle managers focused 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 and presentation skills. Some feedback from the 2016 cohorts can be found below:
“I would 100% recommend this course. These 4 days have been full of educational research and practical solutions. It has been extremely insightful and has provided me with a great ‘toolbox’ to be a successful leader”
“The programme was dynamic. There was a huge amount of new concepts and clarification of concepts and I am now feeling that I can do all of this and more, thank you for everything”
(Pictured: Delegates from the British School of Brussels cohort.)
Around 30 PAs, Secretaries, Executive Assistants and other administrative staff were warmly welcomed to the first COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries in February 2016. The professional training and networking event was hosted by the British School of Bucharest in Romania's capital city from 25-26 February 2016. Delegates participated from COBIS schools in The Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Greece, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Portugal, Belgium, the UK and Switzerland.
Leading PA trainers Angela Garry and Karen Knowles delivered a range of sessions, enabling those in attendance to share expertise and develop knowledge, as well as equipping them with new skills. In addition to sessions like Managing Change, Challenges of Working with More than One Manager and Insights into Personal Effectiveness, attendees were able to attend workshops designed to improve self-organisation and deal with the burdens of conflicting management.
As well as these sessions, those at the Conference enjoyed a dinner on the Friday evening at the Caru'cu Bere restaurant, which prides itself on serving traditional Romanian cuisine. Not only did this allow for the sampling of numerous Romanian delicacies, it also provided an excellent opportunity for colleagues from schools around the world to share their ideas and experience.
"From personal effectiveness, I learnt how to turn negative perspectives towards others into more positive ones. I have already started to apply that with my colleagues, allowing for a friendlier, more effective work environment for all".
"It was a very useful conference and highly relevant to my role as Personal Assistant to our CEO/Principal. The sessions were very insightful and it was great to be able to network with my international peers which will also be very valuable for the future".
COBIS would like to thank the British School of Bucharest for hosting an excellent conference, as well everyone who participated over the course of the two days.
(Pictured Above: Delegates pose for a photo on the first day of the 2016 COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries).
Over 40 Bursars, Business Managers & HR staff from 32 COBIS member and non-member schools and organisations attended the COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers & HR Staff. This professional training and networking event was hosted by The British School in The Netherlands in The Hague from 20-21 November 2015.
With a rich variety of sessions and talks on offer, those attending were able share expertise and develop knowledge on new topics. In addition to a number of inspiring keynote plenaries, a wide range of engaging, interactive sessions were also offered, from School Budgeting and Working Towards a Healthy Organisation, to Recruiting in the Digital Age.
As well as networking sessions, delegates, exhibitors and guests enjoyed a dinner on the Friday evening at the Van der Valk Ypenburg Hotel in Nootdorp. This provided colleagues from schools around the world with an excellent opportunity to share their experiences while sampling some of the delicious fare on offer.
COBIS would like to thank colleagues from The British School in The Netherlands for hosting a superb conference as well as the sponsors, speakers and delegates who attended.
Pictured below: Dirk Jan Postel's session "School of Future" - how changes in teaching and learning are affecting the shapes and layouts of our schools.
Teachers as Learners: Developing professional competence through deep reflection and reflective practice
Almost 400 Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Headteachers from 16 schools in 9 countries attended the COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend at King's College, Madrid 6-7 November 2015.
The theme of the weekend was Teachers as Learners: Developing Professional Competence Through Deep Reflection and Reflective Practice. Mungo Dunnett opened proceedings with an insightful Keynote Speech on Key Determinants of Parental Satisfaction with Private Schools.
The weekend included a range of interactive and engaging sessions aimed at all Subject Leaders, Teachers and Teaching Assistants including Outdoor Play, Developing Effective and Meaningful Oracy in School through Storytelling, Developing Desirable Personal Qualities Through Physical Activities, Middle Leadership and many more.
As well as networking sessions built in to the programme, delegates, exhibitors and guests enjoyed a Gala Cocktail Dinner on the Friday evening at the Hotel Eurostars Madrid Tower. This provided colleagues from schools around the world with an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle whilst tasting a wide range of delicious Spanish tapas dishes.
COBIS would like to thank colleagues at King's Group for hosting a fantastic Professional Development Weekend.
Pictured below: Over 70 Delegates enjoying one of the final sessions on Saturday in the sun: Ollie Tumner's STOMP-style Body Percussion and Samba Workshop. (Photo credits - King's College: The British School of Alicante.)
The first COBIS EYFS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff working in the Early Years was held at the British Embassy School Ankara 23-24 October 2015. The conference was an enormous success with 37 delegates from over 10 schools attending to engage, learn and share experiences.
8 speakers gave sessions on a range of interactive workshops and seminars including Little Einsteins: Scientific Discovery in the Early Years, Preschool Teaching with Lego, Using Tablets in the Early Years, Dance & Movement Pedagogy, Making Maths Magic and many more.
Alongside networking sessions built in to the programme, delegates, exhibitors and guests also had an opportunity to share good practice and get to know fellow international colleagues at a Cocktail Reception at the Ambassador's Residence, British Embassy and a traditional Turkish-themed Gala Dinner organised by the school.
COBIS would like to thank colleagues at the British Embassy School Ankara for hosting a brilliant first COBIS EYFS Conference.
Pictured below: delegates enjoying Helen Battelley's Music and Movement session.