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Annual Research Survey

COBIS Annual Research Survey 2021

The 2021 COBIS Annual Research survey, delivered in partnership with GL Education, is now open to collect information from COBIS schools relating to the 2020/21 academic year. The survey includes information about school profiles, assessment and curriculum choices, pupil and teacher numbers, and university destinations, as well as questions about the impact of Covid-19. All COBIS Schools are asked to complete the survey by 5 November 2021.

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COBIS Annual Research Survey 2020

The COBIS Annual Research survey, conducted in partnership with GL Education, collected information from COBIS schools relating to the 2019/20 academic year. The survey includes information about school profiles, assessment and curriculum choices, pupil and teacher numbers, and university destinations. The 2020 survey also included questions on the impact of Covid-19. The full report is now available to COBIS members and Supporting Associates via the Members Area (under Resources).

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Selected Headlines (data collected in October/November 2020):
  • COBIS schools range in size from 27 to 3,000 students.
  • 74% of responding schools teach both primary and secondary phase; 16% teacher primary only; 10% teach secondary only.
  • Covid-19 has had an impact on pupil numbers. 46% of schools reported a decrease in pupil numbers. 54% of schools indicated pupil numbers had increased (32%) or stayed the same (22%). 66% of schools attribute the change in pupil numbers wholly or partly to Covid-19.
  • At the time of data collection (Oct/Nov 2020), 38% of schools were fully open, with students attending face-to-face; 40% of schools were delivering a blended model, with a mixture of remote and face-to-face delivery, and 22% of schools were delivering all teaching and learning remotely.
  • Covid-19 has impacted teacher recruitment in various ways, with 41% of schools reporting delays/difficulties with visas/pre-employment checks, and 36% of schools experiencing delayed start of international staff due to travel restrictions.
  • 89% of leavers (from 2019/20) went on to University; 50% of leavers from responding COBIS schools went on to University in the UK.
  • Other than the UK, the most popular destinations for Higher Education were the United States, the Netherlands, and Canada
  • 32% of schools indicated that the percentage of leavers choosing a University in the UK had decreased for 2020/21.
  • 28% of schools felt that Covid-19 had had an impact on leavers' decisions regarding University destinations, and 30% of schools felt that Brexit had had an impact.
  • From an operational standpoint, schools have implemented a number of changes as a result of Covid-19. 90% of schools have offered families the opportunity to pay in instalments and 65% of schools have reduced spend on budget areas such as school trips and events. 

COBIS Annual Research Survey 2019

The COBIS Annual Research survey, in partnership with GL Education, collected COBIS school information relating to the 2018/19 academic year. With questions about curriculum, assessments, school leaver destinations, student and staff nationalities, class sizes, and staff turnover, the results of the survey support the lobbying work of COBIS and help inform the strategic development of the association. 

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Headline Figures
  • 79% of responding schools indicated that student numbers had increased over the past three years.
  • COBIS schools perform strongly at A-Level compared with the UK average, with an 18.9% higher A*/A pass rate, a 16.4% higher A*/B pass rate and a 6.8% higher A*/C pass rate. 
  • COBIS schools perform strongly at GCSE/IGCSE compared with the UK average with a 26.2% higher A*/A (9-7) pass rate and a 19.1% higher A*/C (9-4) pass rate.
  • 92% of school leavers from COBIS schools in 2019 went on to university, with 53% choosing a UK university.
  • The number of student nationalities in COBIS schools ranges from 3 to 110.

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