Teacher Supply in British International Schools 2018

COBIS is currently undertaking a new research project looking at teacher supply and the movement of teachers into and out of the British International Schools sector. This research is being conducted in partnership with ISC Research. 

Figures from ISC Research suggest that over the next five years, nearly 200,000 additional teachers will be needed to meet the staffing requirements of the growing international schools’ sector. Professional capital will be one of the most significant challenges facing English-medium international schools over the coming years.

This research project will provide a better understanding of the profile of teachers entering and leaving the sector, and the factors that influence their entry into and departure from the sector. As part of this research, COBIS is collecting responses from school leaders about their experience and perception of the challenges of teacher supply, as well as surveying teachers who have started a new job in an international school since August 2016 and teachers who are thinking about leaving the international school sector by summer 2019.The results of this research will contribute to the wider COBIS initiative on teacher supply as we aim to support the sector to find new ways to attract, train and retain first-class teachers.

Methodology:

Phase one of the research included three surveys: one for senior leaders; one for teachers who have started a new job in an international school since August 2016; and one for teachers who are leaving, or thinking about leaving, the international school sector at the end of the 2017/18 or 2018/19 academic years. The teacher surveys explored the motivation for entering and leaving the British international school sector, as well as building a profile of teachers. More than 1,200 teachers and senior leaders contributed to Phase one. In Phase two, which is currently underway, involves more in depth questioning about issues or trends arising from the initial data collection.

How to participate:

Schools and teachers will be sent a link from 23 January inviting them to participate. If you have not received an invitation and wish to participate, please contact cpd@cobis.org.uk. 

Results:

Interim results will be presented at the 37th COBIS Annual Conference in London - 12-14 May 2018

COBIS Annual Research Survey 2017

 

The fourth COBIS Annual Research Survey with member schools has now been published. The survey, which looks at school profiles, assessment and curriculum choices, examination results and university destinations for students in COBIS schools, is now available to download. The survey is delivered in partnership with GL Education.

Click here to download the COBIS Annual Research Survey 2017 Summary Report.

COBIS Annual Research Survey 2016

In 2016/17 COBIS undertook the third Annual Research Survey with member schools. The survey, delivered in partnership with GL Education, looks at curriculum choices, development areas, university destinations, school profiles, and many other areas. More than 100 schools from around the world responded to the 2016 survey. The survey was launched in 2014 to help develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. The results support lobbying activities, inform planning for future CPD events, and help facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support.

Click here to download the COBIS Annual Research Survey 2016 Summary Report.

Did you know?... (some statistics from responding schools)

  • 95% of 2015/16 leavers from COBIS Schools went on to University; more than 50% of leavers went on to University in the UK
  • Pupil numbers in COBIS Schools range from 22 to 4,332
  • 62% of students in responding COBIS Schools do not have English as their mother tongue
  • 55% of responding schools offer financial support (bursaries/scholarships) with an average annual value of financial support of £80,125
  • Across responding schools, 174 different extra-curricular activities and sports are offered (including common ones like Art, Football and Choir as well as less common ones such as Punting, Zoology and Water Polo)

COBIS Annual Research 2015

In 2015/16, COBIS undertook the second Annual Research Survey with member schools, looking at curriculum and assessment choices, examination results, university destinations, and many other areas. The Annual Research Survey is delivered in partnership with GL Education. The survey was launched in 2014 to help develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. The results are supporting lobbying activities, informing planning for future CPD events, and helping facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support.

Click here for the COBIS Annual Research Survey 2015 Summary Report.

Did you know?... (some of the statistics from responding schools)

  • The oldest COBIS school was founded in 1896
  • 67% of responding COBIS schools teach cross-phase (both primary and secondary)
  • COBIS schools have as many as 99 pupil nationalities
  • 95% of leavers from responding COBIS Schools went on to HE/University in 2015
  • 12% of responding COBIS schools offer boarding
  • 108 different curricular subjects are taught in COBIS schools
  • 153 different extra-curricular activities and sports are offered in COBIS schools
  • 54% offer some form of financial support; 32% offer bursaries and 48% offer scholarships
  • The average A*/A pass rate for GCSE/IGCSE in COBIS schools was 56% (compared with 17.6% in England) and the A*-C pass rate was 90% (compared with 72.4% in England)
  • The average IB pass rate for COBIS schools was 93% (compared with 79.3% worldwide)

COBIS Annual Research 2014

In recent years, COBIS has undertaken annual research with member schools about examination results and university destinations.

In 2014/15, COBIS launched a new research project, working in partnership with GL Education and supported by data from ISC Research. The COBIS Annual Research Survey was undertaken to help develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. The results are supporting lobbying activities, informing planning for future CPD events, and helping facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support.

Click here to download the 2014 Summary Report.

Global International Schools Admissions Survey

In early 2015, admissions staff from a range of international schools were invited to participate in the Global International Schools Admission Survey. This project was supported by many international and regional school associations including AISA, EARCOS, ECIS, COBIS and NESA. COBIS, along with our colleagues at membership associations worldwide, encouraged members to participate in order to gather comprehensive information about the function, role, structure and challenges of the admissions process in international schools.