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June 2015 | COBIS CPD Newsletter


COBIS CPD Newsletter
2015-16 CPD Preview
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In This Issue:

1. Introduction
2. COBIS CPD Calendar 2015/16
3. Forthcoming Conferences for Teachers and TAs
4. Programmes for Middle Leaders
5. Training for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff
6. New Training for PAs and Secretaries
7. Training for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
8. Conferences for Students
9. COBIS Annual Conference 2016
10. Webinars
11. Child Protection and Safer Recruitment Training
12. COBIS Consultancy Service
13. COBIS Leadership Mentoring and Support
14. COBIS Supporting Members
15. Contact Us


Thinking ahead to the next academic year, this newsletter brings you advance information about the range of high-quality professional development opportunities that COBIS will be running in 2015/16. The COBIS CPD calendar includes courses and conferences for:

There will also be opportunities to access online courses and webinars for the whole school workforce. 2015/16 COBIS CPD events will be held in Spain, Turkey, The Netherlands, Romania, Brussels, Qatar, Brazil, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Kenya, and the UK. We are grateful to all of our host schools. We hope to see you, or your colleagues, at some of these exciting events next year. 

COBIS CPD Calendar 2015/16

October 2015 

November 2015 

February 2016 

March 2016

April 2016 

May 2016

Forthcoming Conferences for Teachers and TAs

COBIS EYFS Conference, Ankara, Turkey – 23-24 October 2015

Teachers and Support Staff working in the Early Years are invited to attend the first COBIS EYFS Conference that will be hosted by British Embassy School Ankara. The programme will include courses and workshops on a range of topics, plus an optional post-conference Paediatric First Aid Course on 25-26 October. Visit the COBIS website for more information.

COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend, Madrid, Spain – 6-7 November 2015
Teachers as Learners: Developing professional competence through deep reflection and reflective practice

Teachers, TAs and Support Staff from Primary and Secondary Schools are invited to register for the COBIS/King's Group Professional Development Weekend at King's College, Madrid. Building on the success of previous COBIS/King's Group autumn teachers' conferences, this event will offer a wide range of seminar and workshop sessions, plus a number of opportunities for networking and sharing good practice with peers. For more information and a booking form, please visit the COBIS website.  

COBIS and Youth Sport Trust PE and School Sport Seminar, Coventry, UK  2 March 2016

COBIS and Youth Sport Trust will be working together on a new one-day seminar on PE and School Sport for International Schools. This seminar will take place ahead of the Youth Sport Trust National PE and School Sport Conference. More information will be available shortly. To register your interest, please contact

COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff, Doha  11-12 March 2016

This two-day conference for Teachers and TAs in Primary and Secondary schools will be hosted by Doha College, Qatar. The conference will run alongside a four-day Middle Leaders' Programme. More details will be available in due course on the COBIS website.

St Paul's Education Conference, in association with COBIS, Sao Paulo  19-20 March 2016
Nurturing Every Child

St Paul's School, Brazil will be hosting their third Education Conference, in association with COBIS. This conference for Primary and Secondary teachers will include a programme of world-renowned speakers from a wide range of educational specialisms, all with the focus of providing the very best education for each child, regardless of their needs or the circumstances of the classroom. The conference will run alongside a four-day Middle Leaders' Programme. More details and booking forms will be available shortly.  

COBIS Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Support Staff, Lagos 7-8 April 2016
Students Taking Ownership of their Learning

COBIS is pleased to announce that the first COBIS CPD event in Nigeria, hosted by Grange School, has been rescheduled to April 2016. This conference for Teachers, TAs, School Leaders and Proprietors will cover a range of topics including British International Schools: The African Perspective - Challenges, Threats, Opportunities; Meeting the Challenges of Becoming Outstanding; New Models of Educational Delivery; Current Trends and Issues in Education; and more. Further details and booking forms will be published shortly on the COBIS website.

COBIS Conference for Teachers, Nairobi  22-23 April 2016

Hillcrest International Schools in Nairobi, Kenya will be hosting a conference for Primary and Secondary Teachers and Leaders. Further details and booking forms will be published shortly on the COBIS website.

Programmes for Middle Leaders

Effective Middle Leaders are vital to the success of a school, and many will go on to become the Senior Leaders of tomorrow. COBIS recognises the importance of developing and supporting Middle Leaders, for the benefit of children and young people in our schools today, and to ensure the ongoing success of the British International Schools sector. To that end, there will be a number of CPD programmes for Middle Leaders in 2015/16.

International Programme for Middle Leaders  National College and COBIS

This academic year, a number of colleagues from COBIS schools have been participating in the ten-month International Programme for Middle Leaders, run in partnership between COBIS, the National College for Teaching & Leadership, and The British School in The Netherlands. The feedback from the course has been very positive. In May, COBIS also ran a facilitator training course for colleagues who wish to deliver the IPML in their own schools. In 2015/16, there will be a number of IPML cohorts running in a range of countries including The Netherlands, Spain, Oman, Kenya, Turkey, and Romania. There will be opportunities for colleagues to register to join some of these cohorts, including programmes that will be delivered in The Hague and Madrid, starting in autumn 2015. Further details and booking forms can be found on the COBIS website.  

Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Course
25-28 February 2016 – British School of Brussels, Belgium
9-12 March 2016 – Doha English Speaking School, Doha, Qatar 
19-22 March 2016 – St Paul's School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The four-day Middle Leaders’ Programme, delivered by Karen Ardley Associates in partnership with COBIS, is expected to run this year at the British School of Brussels, Doha English Speaking School, and St Paul's School, Brazil. In 2014/15 this course ran at St Catherine's British School and The British School of Beijing, and the feedback was very positive:

"Words aren't enough to describe how empowered and inspired I feel! This programme gets you back to the heart of why I am a teacher."

"I would absolutely recommend this course, it is both inspirational and practical. I got so much out of it."

"The best course I have attended since I started teaching."

"An inspirational course that has changed my outlook on education."

For more information and booking forms please visit the COBIS website.

Training for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff in COBIS Schools

2nd COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff The Hague, The Netherlands  20-21 November 2015

Delegates are invited to register for the second COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff in British International Schools, which will be held at The British School in The Netherlands, 20-21 November 2015. This two-day training and networking event will include plenary sessions and practical workshops on a range of topics: Strategic planning & management; School budgeting; Developing school management; Recruitment solutions; Schools of the future; and more. The conference is sponsored by WCBS International. The delegate fee is €350 for COBIS Members and €450 for non-COBIS Members. For further details and booking forms, please click here

New Training for PAs and Secretaries

1st COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries  Bucharest, Romania  25-26 February 2016

COBIS is pleased to announce a new training event, specifically for Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, and Secretaries working in British International Schools. This conference will be hosted by the British School of Bucharest. The programme will include interactive sessions on a range of topics including Project management; Multi-tasking; Managing change; Minute-taking; Time management; Managing email; and more. More information and booking forms will be published on the COBIS website. 

CPD for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff 

COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff  Prague, Czech Republic  21-22 March 2016

Prague British School will be hosting the third COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff, building on the success of previous conferences in Bucharest and Dubai. More information will be published on the COBIS website in the autumn term.

Conferences for Students

COBIS/King's Group Student Leadership Weekend 

King's College, Madrid

9-11 October 2015

COBIS is pleased to announce that the next Student Leadership Weekend will take place at King's College Madrid, 9-11 October 2015. The Student Leadership Weekend will provide leadership training and life skills for senior pupils. Through interactive activities with trainers and prominent motivational speakers, the students will be presented with opportunities to develop self-awareness, interpersonal skills and life competencies.

The programme will include sessions on:

  • Personal branding
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • University life skills
  • And more
For more information, please click here.
To book a place, please complete an online booking form by Friday 18 September 2015.

35th COBIS Annual Conference 2016

35th COBIS Annual Conference  London  7-9 May 2016

A date for your diaries. The COBIS Annual Conference will be moving to a new venue for 2016. COBIS looks forward to welcoming Heads, Governors, Senior Managers, Supporting Members, and other colleagues from the education sector to this flagship event which will take place in London, 7-9 May 2016, at the new InterContinental London The O2 in Greenwich.

COBIS Webinars

With COBIS Schools in nearly 70 countries worldwide, we are increasingly looking at online and e-learning opportunities to help schools to maximise their CPD budgets and allow more members of the COBIS community to take advantage of CPD opportunities. To support this, COBIS runs a series of free webinars each term, covering a range of topics. In 2014/15 more than 3000 colleagues registered for COBIS webinars, and the feedback has been very positive. Our forthcoming webinars include sessions on: 

The latest webinar schedule and registration forms can be found on the COBIS website.  All webinars are free and recordings of previous COBIS webinars can be accessed in the Members Area. We are always happy to hear from colleagues with suggestions about topics for future webinars. Please feel free to contact Natalie Friend.

Child Protection and Safer Recruitment Training

COBIS is committed to the promotion of safeguarding and encourages all schools to ensure that staff members have undergone appropriate training in Child Protection and Safer Recruitment. There are a number of ways to access this training. 

EduCare for Education

EduCare and COBIS have teamed up to offer high-quality safeguarding and duty of care training to British International Schools around the world. Courses include Child Protection and Safeguarding, Health and Safety, First Aid, and more. An Annual Licence for EduCare for Education gives all staff members access to 16 online learning programmes. Registrations for individual courses are also available. COBIS Schools are eligible for a 10% discount. For more information visit the COBIS website or email

Advanced Child Protection Course and Safer Recruitment for International Schools – London – May 2016

In May 2015 COBIS ran Annual Conference shoulder courses on Safer Recruitment for International Schools and Advanced Child Protection. COBIS expects to offer comparable safeguarding courses before and after the Annual Conference in May 2016.

Tailored Training for Your School

Schools can access bespoke safeguarding training on site for staff through the COBIS Consultancy Service (see below).

COBIS Consultancy Service 

If your school has specific CPD needs that would be best addressed by having training delivered by an external trainer or consultant in your school, then the COBIS Consultancy Service can help. COBIS Schools can submit a request for consultancy or training via the COBIS website. The consultancy request will be shared with some of the quality-assured consultants and training providers in the COBIS database and the school will then receive proposals from individuals or companies who would be able to deliver the training within the school’s proposed budget and timeline. There is no cost for COBIS Schools wishing to use this service. For more information visit the COBIS website or email

COBIS Leadership Mentoring and Support Service 

For Senior Leaders looking for more tailored, personalised CPD, the Leadership Mentoring and Support Service offers the opportunity to work with a trained mentor with successful experience of the professional challenges in the international school environment. For more information visit the COBIS website or email

COBIS Supporting Members

COBIS has more than 170 Supporting Members and a number of these offer professional development for British Schools abroad. The professional development offered by COBIS Supporting Members covers topics such as ICT and Software, EAL, TA Training, Classroom Practice and Curriculum Resources. To learn about COBIS Supporting Members visit the COBIS website.

Contact Us

If you have any comments or requests, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.

Colin Bell, CEO -
Sarah Wooldridge, Finance Officer -
Natalie Friend, Communications and Membership Officer -
Fiona Rogers, Senior Professional Development Officer (maternity leave) -
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