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COBIS Connect - March 2014
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In This Issue:

1.   Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO
2.   Dates For Your Diary
3.   School Member News
4  New COBIS Member Schools
5.   News from COBIS Schools Around the World
6.   COBIS Interschool Student Competitions
7.   Recent Conferences
8.   Forthcoming Conferences and CPD Opportunities
9.   Supporting Member News
10. Special Offers for COBIS Members
11.
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Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO

Dear Colleagues, 

With a spring in the COBIS step, March sees our association pass another significant milestone as our global membership continues to grow. The latest stats illustrate that COBIS now represents over 300 member organisations with over 160 schools and more than 140 supporting members based in 60 countries worldwide. The introduction, this time last year, of the COBIS online membership application system continues to prove to be successful. This system provided by the GL Education Group facilitates the efficient quality assurance and assessment of potential new school members against the rigorous COBIS membership criteria. Special thanks to GL Education Group for partnering with COBIS on this project and for their ongoing support in other areas. 

With more schools joining COBIS, the number of educational professionals in our network, both classroom and non-classroom based also continues to grow and the scope for high quality CPD widens. An excellent example of how our CPD provision has diversified to meet the needs of our school members is the recent 2 day conference hosted by the British School of Bucharest for COBIS Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff. Over 40 staff from 26 schools participated in this highly interactive event. Enormous thanks and recognition go to our generous hosts at the British School of Bucharest for all their hard work preparing for and delivering the conference and of course to our conference sponsors. Further details can be found below. There is no doubt that this conference will be the first of similar such programmes. 

With the growth in COBIS CPD provision in mind, all member schools were to invited to express an interest in hosting a COBIS conference during the 2014/15 academic year.  To read my letter of invitation click here. A number of schools have expressed an interest, however, please do get in touch if this opportunity is something which appeals to you and your school community.

During March, COBIS represented its members’ interests at the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) conference in London. Supporting Governors of International schools is an area in which COBIS has specific expertise. Training and guidance can be accessed via the COBIS Consultancy service, online EduCare child protection and safer recruitment training and also during the COBIS annual conference in London, 10-12 May. The programme for the COBIS annual conference is strong. With preparations well underway, delegate numbers are steadily rising and have already hit the 150 mark. This year's conference will once again be the largest of its kind for British International schools worldwide.

Finally, a reminder about the current COBIS competitions which are available for your students to participate in - the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards, COBIS Poetry competition and the COBIS Student Achievement Awards. With closing dates fast approaching, the first being Wednesday 2 April for the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards, a rallying call for students from your school to get involved!

With best wishes,
Colin

COBIS CEO


Dates For Your Diary - Forthcoming COBIS Conferences


School Member News

COBIS Membership Reaches 300

In mid-January, COBIS reached a significant milestone by welcoming our 150th member school, Kolej Tuanku Ja'afar (KTJ) in Malaysia. In another significant stage of our development, COBIS membership has now passed the 300 mark, as both our school member and supporting member numbers continue to grow.

COBIS now represents 162 quality assured school members in 59 countries and 142 commercial supporting members. This exciting growth offers increased opportunities for members of the COBIS family to engage through our COBIS student competitions, professional development training and our growing webinar programme. These activities enable our members to feel part of a larger worldwide community no matter where you are in the world.

Our Annual Conference is an opportunity to bring members together for several days of valuable professional development and networking. Over 100 school members and 50 supporting member organisations have already booked to join us at our Annual Conference in May which is now a mere 7 weeks away. If you have yet to book your place, complete our online booking form to secure your place.

COBIS continues to explore and introduce effective channels for schools, supporting members and other partners to connect, interact and add value to high quality British schools overseas. As a consultative association, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the COBIS team to discuss and offer suggestions as to how COBIS can better serve your school or organisation and how your community can become even more involved.

COBIS School Videos

Videos from COBIS Members schools are now hosted on our website and on our YouTube channel. If your school has a promotional video and it’s not yet hosted on our website, please contact Natalie Friend.

Figures for COBIS Member Schools Around the World

Africa
COBIS Schools = 35
Pupil Numbers = 11,592

Americas
COBIS Schools = 9
Pupil Numbers = 3,315

Asia
COBIS Schools = 25
Pupil Numbers = 15,385

Europe
COBIS Schools = 77
Pupil Numbers = 35,716

Middle East
COBIS Schools = 16
Pupil Numbers = 14,345

*Pupil numbers are approximate, courtesy of International Schools Consultancy Group*

Are You Using the Correct COBIS Logo?

A reminder that following the recent changes to the COBIS membership categories, COBIS schools are requested to update marketing collateral and websites with the new COBIS logo. Copies are available by clicking on the links below or by emailing Luke Nelson.

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Forthcoming Webinars

The COBIS webinar schedule has now been published on the COBIS website with links for members to book free places. Please alert your staff to this schedule; all COBIS webinars are free of charge and attendees only need a computer and an internet connection to attend.

 

All webinars are recorded so if you miss one, you can watch a recording at a later date. The links to these recordings are saved in the COBIS website Member Area.


Friday 4 April 2014 (13.00 UK time) - The Benefits of Evidence-Based Teaching

Hosted by Steve Garnett, Dragonfly Training

Book Your Place Here


Wednesday 9 April 2014 (14.00 UK time) - Using an Electronic System for Performance Management and Improvement Planning

Hosted by James Slocombe, Kings College, Madrid; Damien Roberts, SchooliP

Book Your Place Here

 

Tuesday 29 April 2014 (15:30 UK time) - SEN in British International Schools and Developing a COBIS SEN Working Partry

Hosted by Katie Vincent, British Embassy School Ankara

Booking forms coming soon


Tuesday 6 May 2014 (13.00 UK time) - The Complete Guide to DBS

Hosted by Sarah Wooldridge, COBIS Finance Officer

Book Your Place Here

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Online Applications

COBIS have recently completed a system trial to allow us to offer a DBS on-line alternative to the current paper based system.

Seven COBIS member schools have been using this system since December 2013 and to date all feedback has been extremely positive.

“I’m very pleased indeed with this service so far – a real time-saver!”

The benefits of the on-line system include:

  • The speed of applications – cases are normally completed in about 3 days
  • The accuracy of the input data / reduced errors – e.g. if an applicant does not provide a full and complete address history they will not be able to move on to the next stage
  • Reduced postage costs – paper forms will not need to be posted to COBIS
  • Email notification of the result from the DBS when the application has been completed – the certificate must however still only be sent to the applicant

The cost of the on-line solution remains comparable with the paper based version being just an additional £5 per application.  Cost for DBS applications from 1st April 2014 will therefore be as follows:

  • DBS on-line application                          £60.00
  • DBS paper application                            £55.00 (no change)

COBIS are extremely grateful to the schools that have supported us during the trial period.  The new on-line system will be available to all COBIS members by the end of March.

Sarah Wooldridge will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 6 May 2014 to introduce the DBS process and walk attendees through the new online system   To Book your free place please visit the COBIS website or contact Sarah directly at admin@cobis.org.uk with any questions.

Special Offer on Teaching Assistants in International Schools Book

Teaching Assistants in International Schools, a new book published in partnership with COBIS and Supporting Members the University of Northampton and John Catt, is available to COBIS schools for the special price of £8 per copy when you purchase three or more copies. To place your order, please email offers@johncatt.com quoting the COBIS special offer.

Heads at COBIS schools should have already received one copy of this new book in the post free of charge as a gift from COBIS. Please contact us if you haven't received your copy.

The book features contributions from several COBIS schools and a foreword by COBIS CEO Colin Bell. A wealth of case studies from COBIS schools including the British School of Paris, Rainbow International School in Ghana and The British International School of New York provide valuable insights into the work of the Teaching Assistant in International schools. Order copies for your school today!


New COBIS Member Schools

COBIS is delighted to welcome 3 new schools into membership.

The British School of Tashkent

COBIS is excited to announce The British School of Tashkent as a COBIS Member school. The school is the first COBIS Member school in Uzbekistan.
Headmaster David Kirkham said upon accepting COBIS Membership, "On behalf of the Board of The British Schools Foundation I am delighted to accept our COBIS membership and become part of your global network of International Schools. We are delighted to put Tashkent and Uzbekistan on the COBIS global map and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership that allows our pupils and teachers to thrive and excel in all they do".
COBIS would like to welcome all the staff at
The British School of Tashkent into COBIS membership.

Britannica International School Shanghai

COBIS is proud to introduce Britannica International School Shanghai as a Member School. The school, which is part of the Orbital Group, is located in downtown Shanghai and offers a co-educational education for children aged 2-18.
Principal Alun Rees Thomas said upon accepting COBIS membership, "We look forward to being active members of the Council and are sure that we will benefit greatly from our membership."
On behalf of all the team at COBIS, we look forward to working with the staff at
Britannica International School Shanghai.

International School of Brno

COBIS welcomes the International School of Brno in the Czech Republic as a Member School. The school submitted an excellent application to the COBIS Membership Committee who were delighted to offer Member status to the school.
Head Master Jan Švihálek said upon accepting COBIS membership, "It is with great pleasure that the International School of Brno accepts COBIS membership. We are proud to belong to such a fine organization."
On behalf of all the team at COBIS, we look forward to working with the staff at the
International School of Brno.


News From COBIS Schools Around the World

Colin Bell Visits Park Lane International School

Whist in the Czech Republic for the 2014 Prague COBIS Conference, COBIS CEO Colin Bell visited the new Valdštejnská campus of Park Lane International School. After being shown around the school by Park Lane Principal, Mr Paul Ingarfield, Colin joined some staff members and Year 7 pupils for lunch.

This was Colin’s first time seeing the Valdštejnská campus, having previously only visited the Norbertov site. He writes “Thank you to all students and staff from Park Lane International School for such a memorable visit to their new and spectacular campus right in the heart of Prague. Like all COBIS schools in Prague, students at Park Lane International School can enjoy and access high quality education under the guidance of inspirational teachers, support staff and school leaders. The highlight of my visit was lunch with the students - a dining experience I can highly recommend!” 

COBIS Peace Ambassadors Visit United Nations

Nine Peace Ambassadors from Friend Our World travelled to the United Nations in New York to present their messages of peace. Of the nine ambassadors, two represent COBIS schools. Rahul Matabudul, student at Alexandra House School in Mauritius, can be seen exhibiting his poster (right). Ana Lazic (left), who recently moved from British International School Belgrade to Doha College in Qatar, also presented her work to the UN audience. COBIS would like to congratulate both Rahul and Ana on their fantastic achievements promoting peace and friendship throughout the world.


British Ambassador visits Sherborne Qatar School

Mr Nicholas Hopton (middle), British Ambassador to Qatar, paid a visit to Sherborne Qatar on 12 March. He met with with the headmasters (pictured), was given a tour of the school and had lunch with members of staff. The ambassador was interested to see the development of the school and learn about plans for the future. Mr Hopton took up his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to Qatar in July 2013.


COBIS Interschool Student Competitions

COBIS Launches the 2014 Student Poetry Competition 2014

COBIS is delighted to announce the launch of the COBIS Student Poetry Competition 2014. This year, the chosen theme is 'Daydreams' and entries are invited from students between the ages of 10-19 who are in full time education at COBIS schools worldwide.

The COBIS Student Poetry Competition consistently attracts entries of a high standard. Past winners include students from Rygaards International School, The British International School Istanbul and The International School of Moscow.

The deadline for entries is Friday 4 April 2014. For more information about the COBIS Student Poetry Competition 2014 and details of how to enter, please click here.

Entries Invited for the 2014 COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards - Celebrating Science Creatively
COBIS has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in London to create a competitive film challenge to celebrate the diversity and excitement of science.

COBIS schools are invited to create up to 3 short films describing or demonstrating science correctly in an engaging way. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 2 April 2014. Click here

For more information about the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards, please visit our website. To view entries from last year, please click here.

There are some fantastic prizes for the competition winners donated by our sponsors. COBIS would like to thank all our generous sponsors for working with us on the COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards.


COBIS Primary and Secondary Games 2014

2014 marks the inaugural year of the COBIS Games for secondary schools and the third successive year for primary schools. The British International School Istanbul, Turkey will be home to the secondary school Games from 15 - 18 May. The Primary COBIS Games will be hosted by The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi, UAE, champions of last year's Games (pictured right), from 29 May - 1 June. Schools from 16 different countries will be competing in swimming, basketball, football and athletics.

Students have intensified their levels of training and are focused in their bid for glory. Many have expressed their excitement with the competition less than 2 months away. International School of Moscow’s Oliver Syms, clearly enthusiastic for the COBIS Games to begin, wrote “I cannot wait to take part in 3 days of sport….. A dream.”  Imme Van Der Plas, also of International School of Moscow commented “I have really enjoyed training in 3 sports and cannot wait to get to Istanbul.”

Students have portrayed a sense of honour in being sporting ambassadors for their schools and understand the team effort it takes to win. Julius Rosenberg said “I have been waiting for something like this to happen for our school and I am very proud to represent the LIONS in the first ever COBIS Secondary Games.”

The COBIS Games is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn, compete, bond as a team, discover new cultures, motivate, make new friends and, above all, have fun representing their schools. Marisophie of St. Catherine’s British School, Athens is looking forward to being “all together having fun and working and bonding as a team” while Ariadni thinks “it will be great to see Istanbul and the different culture”.

With the start date only a couple months away, who will be champions of this year's Primary and Secondary Games?

For more information on the 2014 COBIS Games, please visit our website. Schools interested in hosting either of these events in 2015 should contact Colin Bell by Friday 11 April 2014. To view the full announcement, please click here.

COBIS Primary Creative Challenge - Videos Available

All the films from the COBIS Primary Creative Challenge are now available to view on our website and our YouTube channel. We received some fantastic entries so please take some time to have a look at these videos.


Recent Conferences

COBIS Middle Leaders’ Course in Tokyo

Thank you to the British School in Tokyo for hosting a successful four-day COBIS Middle Leaders’ Course earlier this term. The course was attended by Middle Leaders from schools in Japan and South Korea.

COBIS and the BST received excellent feedback from course participants who found the four day event thought-provoking and inspiring. Richard Paterson, Head of English & Humanities at the British School in Tokyo, said:

"Developing people is integral to education. This is why the COBIS ‘Leading Learning from the Middle’ conference, recently hosted by the British School in Tokyo, was so valuable: it was packed with practical strategies to help the (possibly aspiring) middle leader to really get to grips with their role. The clear sense of vision and purpose that Karen Ardley’s guidance awakened in the delegates was most valuable of all."

Rosanna Chow, Primary Literacy Coordinator from Dulwich College Seoul, said:

“[The course leader] was able to bring awareness to people and help us humbly reflect on our own practice. It was a fantastic opportunity for myself and colleagues to be able to visit another British International School while at the same time gaining so much knowledge and being able to bring back so many practical ideas.” 

COBIS would like to thank the team at the British School in Tokyo for coordinating and hosting this excellent event, and Karen Ardley Associates for delivering this course.

2014 CAL Symposium

COBIS recently attended the 2014 Cross Association Leadership (CAL) Group Symposium, held at the City of London School for Girls on 19 March 2014. The event was attended by delegates of independent schools across the UK. John Timpson CBE was the guest speaker who shared his thoughts in an insightful presentation. John is one of the UK’s true entrepreneurs and chairman of Timpson stores. He developed his family business through a series of re-inventions and diversifications to achieve a high level of success. He has been lauded for his ‘Upside Down Management’ technique, where he empowers his employees with a large degree of responsibility and trust. At the event, John Timpson applied his wisdom and vast experience to school leadership, illustrating how diligent recruitment, customer care and staff training and talent development are keys to success. John is a truly inspirational man and an exemplary leader. A special thanks to Cordelia Webb for organising such a great event.

COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff - British School of Bucharest 

The first COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff took place at the British School of Bucharest this month. The conference, sponsored by RSAcademics, attracted 45 delegates from 28 schools in 19 different countries.

The packed conference programme included plenary and seminar sessions delivered by Russell Spiers from RSAcademics, Ian McLean from IRM School Development Management and Simon Noakes from Interactive Schools. Delegates also had the opportunity to present examples of initiatives implemented at their own schools; Tracy Tigchelaar delivered an inspiring session on the rebranding recently undertaken by The British Schools in The Netherlands.

A huge thank you to our hosts, the British School of Bucharest, who planned everything meticulously and made each and every delegate feel welcome. Special thanks to School Principal, Jo Puddy-Wells and to the Director of Admissions, Marketing and PR Simon Lambert and his team - Diana Frentescu and Paula Istrate - who ran the event with professionalism and efficiency despite a very busy week at the school.

Delegates were also able to enjoy a taste of what the beautiful city of Bucharest has to offer with the dinner at the historic Caru' cu bere on Thursday night.

COBIS has already had some fantastic feedback from delegates. Here is a selection of the comments we received:

"The sessions and the networking opportunities were outstanding."

"The entire event was interesting, informative and inspiring and I am convinced that everyone involved went home feeling motivated and full of new ideas."

"I have made some excellent contacts who I can reach out to in their various areas of expertise."

"Thank you for an absolutely wonderful experience. I learned so much over the course of this conference."

COBIS would like to thank all delegates for supporting this inaugural event, and for their energy and participation during the conference. Lastly, thank you to the conference sponsors RS Academics, Affixxius and Interactive Schools for all their help and contributions to a successful weekend.



Forthcoming Conferences and CPD Opportunities

33rd COBIS Annual Conference, London, 10-12 May 2014

Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Schools

Nearly 250 Heads, Governors, Senior Managers, and Supporting Members have already booked their place for the COBIS Annual Conference in London in May. Book your place now for this important CPD and networking event. Click here to download the conference programme

Plenary Sessions:

  • Prof Dylan Wiliam – Principled Curriculum Design
  • Sir John Jones – Living in a Culture of Change Where Change is Mandatory but Growth is Optional. The Good News is Leaders Make the Difference and the Bad News is Leaders Make the Difference
  • Prof Deborah Eyre – Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Education
  • Jeremy Sutcliffe – 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders: The Desert Island Challenge

More than 20 seminar sessions. Click here to view workshop and seminar descriptions.

Delegates are also invited to register for additional pre- and post-conference courses and workshops including: Finding a Stable Reference Point Without National Curriculum Levels. More details below.

For more information about the Annual Conference and to book your place, please visit www.cobis.org.uk/Annual_Conference.

Pre-Conference Seminar and Afternoon Tea - 10 May 2014 - London

Finding a stable reference point without national curriculum levels

14:45-15:45 Hosted by GL Education

COBIS Annual Conference delegates are invited to join GL Education for a free seminar and afternoon tea on Saturday 10 May 2014. For more information about this session and a booking form, please click here.

Advanced Child Protection Course - 13 May 2014 - London

COBIS, in partnership with Kidscape, will be offering a one-day Advanced Child Protection Course (£275 plus VAT). Spaces for this course are limited. For more information and a booking form, please click here.

Finalsite Web Strategy Workshop - 13 May 2014 - London

Finalsite is inviting COBIS Annual Conference delegates to join them for a free Web Strategy Workshop at the Park Plaza following the conference. Workshop topics will include Web Strategy & Best Practices; Branding & Web Technology; and more. Click here for more information.

Research for
Learning (RfL) Practical Conference – 19 May 2014, Brussels
How to transform evidence-based research into realistic classroom practice

195 Euro for COBIS Members / 245 Euro for non-COBIS Members

“This was an excellent course, one of the best I have attended in a long time…full of practical ideas which will be easily transferable into my own teaching.”

Book your place now for the “thought provoking” European launch of Research for Learning (RfL), presented by COBIS and Dragonfly Training. This one day training event, hosted by The British School of Brussels, takes the latest research from the education sphere and shows how it can make a practical, positive impact in the classroom. It identifies classroom interventions that have the biggest effect on pupil learning, giving realistic examples of how each one can be delivered. RfL brings together evidence cited by J. Hattie, the Sutton Trust and the EEF. Book your place now! 

For more information, testimonials and video footage form the London launch, and an online booking form please click here.

St Paul’s School 2nd Education Conference in association with COBIS – 13-14 April, Sao Paulo
Nurturing Excellence in All Learners: Changes and Challenges

Teachers and Leaders from COBIS schools are invited to register for the St Paul’s School 2nd Education Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference programme includes world-renowned speakers offering talks and workshops on the most up-to-date thinking and practices in the field of education. For more information please click here.

British School in Baku, 3rd Education Conference in association with COBIS - 17-18 April 2014, Azerbaijan
British Education in the Changing World

Delegates are invited to register for 3rd Education Conference at the British School in Baku. Keynote speakers will include Dr Mary Hayden, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Bath and Matthew Burgess, General Secretary, Independent Schools Council. The conference fee for COBIS members is £99 plus VAT and £125 plus VAT for non-COBIS members. This includes the conference dinner and cultural visits. For more information please visit the COBIS website.

COBIS Leadership Mentoring and Support Service - London, May 2014

The COBIS Leadership Mentoring and Support Service gives Senior Leaders the chance to discuss with, and learn from, a trained COBIS mentor with successful experience in an international school. Mentees work with a colleague who, as a critical friend, can provide professional support and challenge, the voice of experience, and guidance in tackling whatever challenges your school faces in the coming months and years. If you are interested in accessing this service, it may be possible to arrange your first face-to-face sessions with your mentor to coincide with the COBIS Annual Conference in London in May to maximise cost-effectiveness. Contact mentoring@cobis.org.uk or click here to learn more about this service. 


Supporting Member News

Welcome to New COBIS Supporting Members

COBIS would like to welcome the following new Supporting Members who have recently joined us:

Educate Services - Consultancy and Professional Development
Sugar Bay Resorts - School Trips
Titus Learning - IC
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Trans World Soccer - School Trips

University of Warwick - Universities

COBIS Supporting Member Survey

COBIS recently surveyed supporting members in order to understand member satisfaction levels and which services supporting members would like COBIS to provide in the future.

Full details
are available here and a brief summary of the headline figures is below.

Of those COBIS supporting members surveyed:

  • Over 50% had heard about COBIS through a recommendation
  • Over 60% felt that supporting membership represented good value for money
  • 70% had generated new business from being COBIS supporting members
  • Over 80% would recommend COBIS supporting membership to colleagues

COBIS is delighted to report such high levels of satisfaction from our valued supporting members and would like to thank those members who completed our survey. This valuable information will help us to shape future services.

COBIS Supporting Member Videos

Videos from COBIS supporting members are now hosted on our website and on our YouTube channel. If your company has a promotional video and it is not yet hosted on our website, please contact Natalie Friend.

University of Northampton Filming at Geneva English School

Presently Dr Estelle Tarry of the University of Northampton, supported by filmmaker Christian Green, with the aid of a Learning Enhancement and Innovation Bid, are working with COBIS schools to produce 5 x 15 minute videos.

  • The diverse role of the TA
  • The diverse background: TA case studies
  • TAs supporting the international ethos
  • TAs and group work/1:1; questioning
  • TAs supporting English as an Additional Language (EAL)

These videos will begin to address the role and background of the Teaching Assistants (TA) and the ‘best practice’ teaching and learning skills used by TAs working in international schools. By developing good quality teaching and learning materials we will be providing a better learning environment and opportunities, which will support the TAs’ learning and ultimately, the education and life chance opportunities of the children, with whom these TAs work, will be developed and improved.

IPC Releases New Thematic Units

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) has been successfully supporting schools to achieve the outcomes of the National Curriculum for over a decade. With over 1,000 schools in England using it, the IPC is committed to supporting its members regardless of changes that take place in the National Curriculum for England.

In response to the recent National Curriculum changes, the IPC is releasing some exciting, rigorous new thematic units from now until summer 2014. These include over twenty science focused units, six history focused units and three ICT (computing) focused units. Once completed, the IPC will comprise 130+ thematic units of work.

For more information, please click here.

Invitation to Apply for Membership of ExEd UK

COBIS encourages you to apply for membership of ExEd UK. ExEd UK is a broad-based campaign group that was formed in 2012 to promote the value of education exports to UK plc. It is entirely a members’ organisation which exists as a not-for-profit company. Click here to view a letter from Graham Able inviting your organisation to join ExEd UK. 


The purpose of ExEd UK is to lobby government and policy makers on two counts:


1.    To promote and facilitate the UK as a destination for bona fide students at school, further and higher education levels.
2.    To promote the export of UK education and educational support materials

Further details can be found at
www.ExEdUK.com. Alternatively please contact Graham Able at Graham.Able@alphaplusgroup.co.uk with any questions.


Discounted Advertising Rates - BIS Magazine

COBIS supporting members can benefit from reduced advertising rates in British International Schools (BIS) magazine. For more information, please contact BIS magazine editor Andrew Maiden. To view the latest edition of BIS magazine, please click here.


Special Offers for COBIS Members

TES 10% Discount Offer

Following negotiation, the TES has agreed to offer a 10% discount to COBIS member schools. To access this discount please send your booking to international@tes.co.uk and mention the COBIS 10% discount offer. Full details of this special offer are available here.

TES Prime 10% Discount Offer

TES Prime offer a 10% discount on services to COBIS Members. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact the International Recruitment Director Nigel Fossey.

TIC Recruitment 10% Discount Offer

Teachers International Consultancy (TIC) Recruitment offer a 10% discount on placement fees for all COBIS member schools. For more information, please contact Andrew Wigford at TIC Recruitment.


Contact Us

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

Colin Bell, CEO - ceo@cobis.org.uk
Sarah Wooldridge, Finance Officer - admin@cobis.org.uk
Natalie Friend, Communications and Membership Officer - members@cobis.org.uk
Fiona Rogers, Senior Professional Development Officer - cpd@cobis.org.uk
Luke Nelson, COBIS Marketing Intern - intern@cobis.org.uk

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