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Our Partners

We are pleased to work with a host of partners.  These valuable partnerships allow us to bring the most to our members and help shape the education sector as a whole.

Government Bodies

As the voice of the sector, we work in partnership with the UK Department for Business and Trade (DBT). Colin Bell, our CEO, represents our members, supporting associates, the wider British international school sector and the Independent Schools Council as an appointed member of the UK DIT Education Sector Advisory Group. In addition, our association is recognised as a UK DBT Trade Challenge Partner and it plays an active role in British educational Trade Missions worldwide. The Department of Business and Trade works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports. DBT is responsible for: international trade and investment; helping UK companies achieve their potential overseas through exporting; encouraging investment in the UK by overseas businesses. This partnership also enables us to offer our members increased ways of accessing quality information, services and opportunities available in international markets.

We are proud to be official partners of the Education is Great campaign. The UK offers world-class education, a global reputation and a strong presence in international markets, and we work with DIT and Education is Great to promote British curriculum schools and encourage international students to take advantage of the UK's excellent education system. The Education is Great campaign understands the mutual benefits of hosting international students, who make an invaluable contribution to British society, bringing with them new knowledge, cross-cultural understanding and global friendships, enriching the education experience of domestic students. 

COBIS Partners

The Planet Mark, in partnership with the Eden Project and Cool Earth, is a certification programme recognising commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability by supporting organisations to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. We work closely with The Planet Mark on sustainability initiatives and encourage our schools and Supporting Associates to do the same.

Find out how you can work with The Planet Mark to become a more sustainable organisation here.

Our partnership with ACRO promotes the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) as a rigorous safeguarding tool to reduce risk in British International Schools worldwide. The ICPC is a criminal records check for anyone who lives, or has lived, in the UK and who is looking to work with children overseas. We are the Founding Global Ambassador for the ICPC.

The Safeguarding Alliance is a firm of specialists with a mutual passion and commitment in driving forward safeguarding excellence. They aim to raise standards, professionalise and empower practitioners of today, to safeguard and protect future generations of tomorrow.   They aim to put an end to safeguarding failure by researching, developing and promoting policy, education and training around the world.  The Safeguarding Alliance offer a range of services and support to help school practitioners and leaders ensure their safeguarding is watertight. Services include policy and procedure audits, training, legislative updates, plus access to a dedicated email and helpline.  COBIS members can access Safeguarding Alliance membership at a 10% discounted rate. For more information, please contact


Tes is proud to have been an integral part of the global education community for over 100 years, empowering schools and enabling great teaching through our tailor-made products, flexible training and development, sector-leading magazine and teaching resources platform.

As the go-to place for schools wanting to recruit and teachers looking to find the best-fit role, we help the international community to recruit, retain and develop the staff they need to give their students the outstanding education they deserve, and their parents want.

We support schools to achieve these outcomes and collaborate with both students and parents along the way, with our suite of proven solutions for staff and student management, wellbeing, learning plans, safeguarding, timetabling and more. All our products enable you to monitor outcomes and make informed decisions about the best way to resource effectively, deliver learning and support your whole school.

COBIS members are eligible for a 5% discount off many of our products, find out more about how we can support your school today.

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. They work  to empower a knowledgeable and respected teaching profession through membership and accreditation. They are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils.
This partnership recognises the mutual aims of COBIS and the Chartered College of Teaching to empower a knowledgeable and respected teaching profession worldwide. 

COBIS members and alumni can join the College with a 10% discount with further discounts on group membership available to COBIS schools.