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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 International Trade (DIT). 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 DIT Trade Challenge Partner and it plays an active role in British educational Trade Missions worldwide. The Department of International Trade works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports. DIT 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 have been awarded The Planet Mark Accreditation, demonstrating our commitment to environmental education and protection. We work closely with The Planet Mark to ensure our carbon footprint is minimised 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

Media Partners


We partner with TES to provide a number of services for our members, including our Global Jobs recruitment page. Our partnership with Tes enables member schools to create, post and manage recruitment adverts in the Tes portal, which will then appear on the Global Jobs webpage. Find out more about how to post your job here, and take a look at our Global Jobs page here.

Schools can continue to access the recruitment services of other Supporting Associate recruiters. Plus, schools can continue to advertise all their jobs on our site, even if they are using a Supporting Associate recruiter to conduct their recruitment process. has been running since 2018 and has a rapidly growing online presence with 50% website traffic growth month on month and 100% growth in its social media following last academic year alone. The Winter 2020 edition of International School magazine achieved over 12,000 impressions and 3000 reads. And the newly launched, Wellbeing in International Schools magazine achieved over 1600 impressions and 1500 reads within the first 48 hours of its launch this September, clearly demonstrating the demand from school professionals for topical discussion pieces tailored to their needs and interests. With its three market leading publications, conference attendance and a surge of contributor and supplier interest, is the fastest growing “go to” home for independent and international schools worldwide. 

Event Partners

Bett is the global community for education technology. We pride ourselves in providing world class content, networking and discovery of the latest innovations. Across the year, we host webinars, CPD sessions and publish articles from the leaders in education in our Community Hub. Our events in the UK, Brasil and Asia are where we bring our community together to spark ideas, create connections and accelerate trade.