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COBIS Connect - November 2014
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In This Issue:

1.   Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO
2.   Dates For Your Diaries
3.   New Member Schools
4.   School Member News
5.   COBIS Student Competitions & Events
6.   Professional Development

7.   COBIS Webinars
8.   News from COBIS Schools Around the World   
9.   Supporting Member News
10. Contact Us

Welcome from Colin Bell, COBIS CEO

Dear Colleague,

By now I hope you have received your copy of the fantastic new COBIS World Student magazine, published by our colleagues at John Catt Education. This magazine is a major milestone for COBIS and we are delighted that the voices of so many students and staff at COBIS schools resonate from the pages of this new publication. Launched at the recent Student Leadership Conference at King’s College, Madrid, this magazine is a vehicle for your students to share stories and experiences with members of the COBIS community around the world. We encourage them to engage and participate by writing for COBIS World Student magazine as a great way to gain valuable journalism experience and add further interest to CVs.
At the Student Leadership Conference, I was fortunate to meet many COBIS students who are the engaging and inspiring leaders of today and I really enjoyed working with them to develop their leadership values and skills over the two day event. Many thanks to King’s College for hosting this event, and to both Geneva English School and the British School of Amsterdam who also hosted successful conferences recently. 
The inaugural COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff in Geneva bought together around 40 members for several days of quality CPD. The event was a resounding success with all delegates rating the conference as either good or excellent. COBIS is committed to providing quality CPD for all members of the school workforce and we encourage members to contact us with ideas about future conferences. The following week, members from schools in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and The Netherlands came together for the COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff and Governors' Training Day at the British School of Amsterdam. This was another very successful event and COBIS would like to thank our generous conference hosts, speakers, exhibitors and school delegates who all participated and made these events successful.
Turning now to lobbying, COBIS continues to lobby on behalf of COBIS members with a focus on changes to administration on SATs testing, child protection and recognition by British and overseas government education ministries for the range of valuable cultural, intellectual and educational contributions made by premium COBIS member schools in more than 60 countries worldwide. Rest assured that lobbying to the benefit of COBIS members will continue to be a high priority for your Board and Head Office team.

Kind regards,

Colin Bell

Dates for Your Diaries

COBIS Pupil-Centred Pastoral Care Conference 

7-8 November 2014 - The British School of Bucharest, Romania

Teachable Moments - The Key to Success in the Early Years - Booking Now Open
EYFS Training Days, in association with COBIS
3 January 2015 (Teachers and Leaders) and 5 January 2015 (TAs and Support Staff)
Rainbow International School, Kampala, Uganda

COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff and Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Programme

Excellence and Happiness: Creating a Collaborative Learning Ethos for the Whole School
2-3 March 2015 (Middle Leaders 28 February – 3 March 2015)
St Catherine’s British School, Greece

COBIS Conference for Teachers and Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Programme 
Future Learners – The Challenge of a New Environment
20-21 March 2015 (Middle Leaders 19-22 March 2015)
The British School of Beijing, China

COBIS Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Support Staff
Students Taking Ownership of their Learning
16-17 April 2015

Grange School, Nigeria

COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
Stakeholder Engagement: the Past, the Present and the Prospective
23-24 April 2015

Dubai College, United Arab Emirates

34th COBIS Annual Conference

Measuring Success: Wellbeing, Resilience, Education and Leadership in British Schools Overseas
9-11 May 2015
Park Plaza Hotel, London

New COBIS Member Schools

Congratulations to New COBIS Accredited Member Schools 

COBIS would like to congratulate staff and pupils at Haileybury Almaty on the school's COBIS Accredited Member status. This follows a successful BSO inspection at the school and subsequent ratification of the BSO report by the COBIS Quality Assurance Committee, headed by Jennifer Bray. 
Congratulations also to new COBIS members the British School Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman and GEMS Royal Dubai School. Both schools have been ratified by the COBIS Quality Assurance Committee as COBIS Accredited Member schools. 

School Member News

COBIS CEO Participates in UKTI Round Table Meeting with the Emir of Qatar

Colin Bell was delighted to represent British international schools and UK education at a recent round table discussion on areas of strategic interest to Qatar. The meeting, which was hosted by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and UKTI Education, welcomed His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir accompanied by His Excellency Sheikh Ahmend bin Jassim to the UK and sought to continue to deepen the strong commercial, diplomatic and cultural ties shared by the UK and Qatar.

Representatives from international business were in attendance including senior managers from Carillion, Centrica, Lockheed Martin UK and Unipart Rail. The meeting was held at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London and was followed by a Reception. Attendees were able to ask questions on areas of specific interest to the UK and Qatar.

His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir is an alumnus of two COBIS schools, Doha English Speaking School and Doha College.

COBIS Development Plan 2015-18 

This plan expresses what COBIS is, and its intentions and considered ambitions for the period ahead. It contains a clear statement of our purpose and our expectations for membership. And it sets out the services and activities on behalf of our members that will be led by our CEO and his team.

We are a listening organisation: it is based upon open consultation with members and shaped by your elected Board. Like all good plans, it will be periodically reviewed and refreshed – and provides a confident road map, with flexibility to respond to new opportunity or to changed circumstances.

To view the full Development Plan 2015-18 click here.

Student World Magazine Launch 

COBIS celebrated a major milestone this month, with the launch of COBIS World Student magazine.The magazine was launched by COBIS President, Sir Roger Fry, COBIS CEO, Colin Bell and World Student Editor, Alex Sharratt during the COBIS/King's Group Student Leadership Weekend for senior pupils. 

The magazine is sent to more than 2,000 international schools worldwide, including COBIS Members Schools and non-member schools. It can also be read here as an eZine and is available for free via the App Store and Google Play - search 'World Student magazine'.

COBIS World Student is aimed at students in international schools around the world – and predominantly those studying in COBIS and other British international schools. Published by John Catt Educational, with the support of COBIS, the magazine has the intention of motivating and encouraging students to make best use of their international education. The magazine features a mixture of news and information from COBIS; articles written by students themselves; international school graduates and alumni; teachers and educators; and articles contributed by other organisations that serve the sector. There will also be a regular focus on further education options and career opportunities as well as additional focus on pastoral care, school councils, student leadership and advice on school transition.

Look out for your printed copies, soon to be arriving at your school or tell your pupils to go to now to read the first edition. For further news and updates follow @WorldStudentMag on twitter.

Write for COBIS World Student Magazine

COBIS World Student aims to empower students by giving them a voice, a platform to air their views and opinions, which is why we invite students from all corners of the globe to contribute their experiences, views and opinions by writing for the magazine. Writing for COBIS World Student magazine is a fantastic way to gain valuable journalism experience, and will look great on their CV. Please encourage students to get in contact via if they would like to contribute to forthcoming issues.

For guidance on how both students and staff can contribute to World Student magazine click here.

COBIS CEO and Schools in Telegraph article

Parents moving to live and work overseas often have one priority above all others: where to educate their children. The article entitled The benefits of a British education but with a global dimension discusses how picking the right school abroad can give children the chance to develop a fully rounded outlook.

To read the full article click here.

Ofsted Consultation
Ofsted are currently consulting on proposals for a new framework for the inspection of maintained schools, academies, further education and skills providers, non-association independent schools and registered early years settings. The consultation covers proposals for:

  • A common inspection framework for all early years settings on the Early Years Register, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and FE and skills providers – this framework will mean that the same judgements will apply in each of these remits.
  • Introducing short inspections for maintained schools, academies and FE and skills providers that were judged good at their previous inspection. These short inspections, conducted approximately every three years, will report on whether or not a provider has maintained its overall effectiveness but will not provide a full set of graded judgements.
  • Conducting a full inspection of non-association independent schools within a three-year period.

The consultation document also:

  • Seeks views on whether or not there should be a separate graded judgement for the quality of the curriculum on offer or whether it should continue to be reported on as part of the judgement on leadership and management.
  • Mentions the changes proposed by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which subject to the will of Parliament, may lower the age of children that exempts schools from registering as early years providers from three to two (although this is expressly said to be separate from the consultation).

The consultation documents can be found by clicking here. The closing date for the consultation is 5 December 2014; however comments sent by 7 November 2014 would be greatly appreciated.

COBIS Annual Research Survey – **Deadline Extended** 

Thank you to the 100 COBIS Schools that have already completed the COBIS Annual Research Survey, in partnership with GL Education. The deadline for COBIS Schools to submit responses for the COBIS Annual Research Survey has been extended to Friday 7 November. Please do take a few minutes to log on to to submit your responses. You will need your email address, and the password sent to you by GL Education, in order to access the survey. If you have not received a password and username, please contact

 Participating schools will receive tailored reports for Senior Management Teams and Governors, with benchmarking data relating to the COBIS family of schools and schools in the UK (on assessment choices, curriculum, extra-curricular activities, pupil and staff numbers, and more). Your responses will also facilitate greater school-to-school networking, allowing COBIS to link schools with similar interests or facing similar challenges for mutual support and sharing of experience. The success of this new project is dependent upon the support and participation of our member schools, and we are hoping that as many COBIS Schools as possible will contribute to this new research project.

Child Protection & Safer Recruitment Training 

COBIS Schools are reminded that Heads or nominated members of senior leadership teams in all COBIS member schools will now be required to have completed training courses related to the following two subjects, Child Protection and Safer Recruitment. You may have already completed relevant training, however if not, COBIS can advise accordingly.  

Please note that as a requirement of membership, this training requirement will need to be updated every three years. This frequency will be monitored by COBIS as a component of continual membership quality assurance. If you have already completed Child Protection and Safer Recruitment training courses, please forward relevant details to Natalie Friend – 

Should you or a member of your senior leadership team require training, COBIS will cover the cost of online Child Protection and Safer Recruitment training courses for one member of staff at your school. This online training, provided by EduCare, will need to be completed by 31 December 2014.

To register for the Child Protection and Safer Recruitment training, please contact Fiona For more information about EduCare training courses, please visit our website.

Representing COBIS and the International School sector Colin Bell was invited to join the Transnational Child Sexual Abuse Threat Group. The first meeting recently took place at CEOP Head Quarters at the National Crime Agency in London.

For further details on how your school could support the work of this and the international child protection network, facilitated by CEOP, contact Colin Bell - 

BIS Magazine & Colin Bell's Article on the International Task Force for Child Protection

In the November issue of British International Schools (BIS) magazine  Colin Bell reports on a new initiative to enhance child protection. This article introduces the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP), whose first face-to-face meeting was held in the Netherlands in September 2014.

The ITFCP has been established in response to a number of recently reported and shocking child protection criminal cases that have affected children and their families within the international school community. Following a series of catastrophic failings, a collaborative approach to safeguarding was required and essential.

To read the full article online click here.

Criminal Background Employment Checks - Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

COBIS is committed to safeguarding, protecting and reducing risk to children, staff and members of school communities worldwide. COBIS administers DBS checks to support schools to make safer recruitment decisions. This service is open to all International schools, including non-COBIS member schools, recruitment organisations, training providers and other commercial suppliers

To register or to find out more about the DBS service administered by COBIS: Call the COBIS team on +44 208 240 4142, email or visit

COBIS Member Schools - Staff Changes 

COBIS reminds all member schools to notify us of changes to their administrative and senior leadership staff. This will help us stay up to date with all important contacts and make it easier to facilitate dialogue with the appropriate person in each school.

To inform us of any changes, please email Fiona Rogers -


Publishing unlimited vacancies is a component of COBIS annual membership subscription fee.
The Recruitment section of our site is attracting increasing numbers of passive and active job seekers and COBIS schools have reported that they are attracting quality candidates via this channel.
Recruitment ads can be published via the ‘Member Area’ – all you need is your unique school password.

COBIS reminds schools to include a safeguarding statement, when posting job vacancies, with information about criminal background checks, school safeguarding and child protection policies.

COBIS Student Competitions & Events

COBIS Student Leadership Weekend 

The COBIS/King’s Group Student Leadership Conference took place in Madrid, Spain, 17-19 October 2014. This event provided leadership training and life skills for pupils, aged 16+, from COBIS Schools through interactive activities with trainers, combined with a programme of cultural and social events. The conference was attended by pupils from schools in Qatar, Russia, Romania, France, Egypt and Spain. Thank you to King’s Group colleagues for organising this conference, and thank you also to the participating students and teachers whose enthusiasm made this such a successful event.

COBIS Primary Creative Challenge 'Come Dine With Us!' **DEADLINE APPROACHING** 

This year's Creative Challenge focuses on food! We would like your KS1 or KS2 class or group to produce a short film of you making a tasty and delicious traditional dish, snack or drink from the country or region in which your school is based.

Work as a class or group to win a free subscription to and some of the latest Lonely Planet Kids books.

Entries will be published on and as inspiration for children and schools across the world! Winning entries will be showcased at the 2015 COBIS Annual Conference, 9-11 May 2015.

The closing date is 31 December 2014. For More information and an entry form click here.

COBIS Young Scientists Film Awards **NOW OPEN**

The Young Scientist Film Awards are back for 2015! COBIS and the National Physical Laboratory have teamed up again and are looking forward to seeing more of your fantastic films in 2015. The competition consists of twelve categories spanning chemistry, biology and physics with many prizes and awards from creativity to collaboration.

For a full list of categories and a link to register your school click here.
To view entries and winners from last year click here. 

Professional Development

Recent Conferences

Geneva English School hosts COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff 

The first COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff took place on 17-18 October 2014, hosted by Geneva English School.

The conference attracted delegates from schools in Switzerland, Egypt, Norway, Nigeria, Kuwait, Czech Republic, Romania, Qatar, The Netherlands, Italy, UAE, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Portugal, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, and the UK.

The conference was sponsored by Optimus Education, with the dinner sponsored by School WebsiteFor more information about the conference, including a copy of the programme, please click here.

Thank you to all of the delegates, speakers and sponsors for contributing to the success of this event.

The British School of Amsterdam hosted a successful COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff and Governors' Training Day (20-21 October 2014).

The theme of the conference was Leadership at All Levels – Unlocking Potential Throughout the School Community. The conference and training day were attended by Teachers, TAs and Governors from schools in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, and The Netherlands. The conference included excellent speakers representing, HC International, Thinking Child, Pivotal Education, Twig World, and University of Northampton. In addition to the conference sessions, delegates, speakers and exhibitors thoroughly enjoyed an evening boat cruise through Amsterdam. Thank you to the host school, and to all delegates, speakers and exhibitors who took part in this event.

For more information about this conference and a copy of the programme, please click here.

Forthcoming Conferences

Teachable Moments – The Key to Success in the Early Years - **BOOKING OPEN** 
EYFS Training Days, in association with COBIS
3 and 5 January 2015
Rainbow International School, Kampala, Uganda

Early Years Teachers, Leaders, and Support Staff are invited to register for one of two EYFS Training Days, hosted by Rainbow International School, in association with COBIS. The training days will be run by two expert facilitators, Anna Ephgrave and Ruth Moore. This hands-on course will cover:

  • Brain development and levels of involvement (as indicators of learning and progress)
  • How best to achieve deep level involvement
  • Enabling environments – allowing children to lead their own learning
  • Spotting and exploiting “teachable moments” – the importance of adults interacting with children during play
  • “Planning in the moment” – keeping a unique record of teaching for each child

For more information and booking forms please click here.

COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff: Athens, Greece - 2-3 March 2015 **BOOKING OPEN**
Excellence and Happiness: Creating a Collaborative Learning Ethos for the Whole School
St Catherine's British School, Athens

Teachers and TAs from Primary and Secondary Schools are invited to register for this COBIS Conference. Speakers/presenters will include Sir John Jones, Mick Waters, Gervase Phinn, Pie Corbett, Will Ord, and others. The programme will also include workshops on a range of topics including:

  • Coaching to improve performance
  • The value of play-based learning in primary school
  • Pupil voice
  • The role of the teaching assistant
  • Integrating new technology in schools
  • Global literacy
  • Process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL)
  • Developing thinking skills
  • And more

For more information and a booking form, please click here.
A four-day programme for Middle Leaders will run alongside the conference, 28 February-3 March. Click here for more information.

COBIS Conference for Teachers: Beijing, China - 20-21 March 2015 **BOOKING OPEN**
Future Learners - The Challenges of a New Environment
The British School of Beijing, Shunyi

This conference for Primary and Secondary Teachers will include sessions on:

  • 21st Century Learners
  • Using Digital Technology to Transform Learning
  • The Thinking Classroom
  • Future-Proofing Schools
  • And more

There will also be opportunities for optional cultural visits (Great Wall, Forbidden City, etc.) for participants on Sunday 22 March.

For more information and a booking form, please click here.
A four-day programme for Middle Leaders will run alongside the conference, 19-22 March. Click here for more information.

Four-day Middle Leaders’ Programme, Athens and Beijing, Spring 2015

COBIS, working in partnership with Karen Ardley Associates, St Catherine’s British School in Athens, and the British School of Beijing, will be providing accredited professional development for Primary and Secondary Middle Leaders.

28 February-3 March 2015 – St Catherine’s British School, Athens (click here for more details and booking forms)
19-22 March 2015 – The British School of Beijing (click here for more details and booking forms)

Course objectives:

  • To deepen middle managers’ understanding of themselves and their leadership behaviours
  • To extend middle managers’ knowledge and understanding about leadership
  • To develop leadership skills

COBIS Conference for Teachers, Leaders and Support Staff: Lagos, Nigeria - 16-17 April 2015
Students Taking Ownership of Their Learning
Grange School, Lagos

This conference for Teachers, TAs, Support Staff, Middle and Senior Leaders, and Proprietors of British International Schools will include sessions on:

  • Using ICT to Enhance, Extend and Support Learning
  • British International Schools: The African Perspective - Challenges, Threats, Opportunities
  • Special Educational Needs
  • New Models of Educational Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges
  • And more

For more information and a booking form, please click here.

2nd COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff
Stakeholder Engagement: The Past, The Present and The Prospective
23-24 April 2015
Dubai College, UAE

Building on the success of the first conference, COBIS is pleased to invite delegates to register for this CPD event in Dubai. The programme will cover a range of topics including:

  • The Admissions Journey
  • Alumni Engagement
  • School Branding
  • Effective Communications with Parents and Stakeholders
  • Media Relations for Schools
  • And more

For more information and a booking form, please click here

34th COBIS Annual Conference, 9-11 May 2015, London 
Measuring Success: Wellbeing, Resilience, Education and Leadership in British Schools Overseas

The 34th COBIS Annual Conference for Heads, Governors and Senior Managers will take place at the Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London in May 2015. Booking details and keynote speakers will be published on the COBIS website later this term. The Saturday Welcome Reception and Dinner moves to a new venue this year – ZSL London Zoo. Delegates are invited to join us for a drinks reception in the Tiger Territory, followed by dinner in the Prince Albert Suite.

Other Association Conferences

Annual FOBISIA Heads’ and Senior Leaders’ Conference - Friday 7 - Monday 10 November 2014
“Thinking Outside the Box"
Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok, Thailand 

This is an annual meeting of Heads and Senior Leaders from across international schools in Asia. This event is run by the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA). COBIS CEO, Colin Bell, will be attending the conference and is looking forward to catching up in person with any colleagues who are also attending.

COBIS Webinars
Past webinar recordings are available in the COBIS Member Area. all webinars are free of charge for COBIS members.

Forthcoming webinars include: 

Differentiation for Challenge: Tools to Support Classroom Teaching, Professional Learning and Evaluation - In Association with Optimus Education
4 November 2014: 1pm (UK time)
Book Now

Parent Engagement and Education Technologies - In Association with Firefly
11 November 2014: 1pm (UK time)
Book Now

The COBIS Accreditation Process - How to Progress from COBIS Member to COBIS Accredited Member 
26 November 2014: 1pm (UK time) 
Book Now



News From COBIS Schools Around the World

New facilities at King’s College, Alicante

King’s College, The British School of Alicante officially opened its new facilities on the 7th of October completing a continuous development plan started 13 years ago. The British Consul, Mr. Paul Rodwell, unveiled the plaque to commemorate this event. Sir Roger Fry, Chairman and owner of King’s Group and Sr. Antonio Ardid Muñoz, Alicante City Councillor of Education attended this ceremony, hosted by the Headteacher, Mr. Derek Laidlaw. King’s College Alicante has been providing British education for 14 years and currently has 970 pupils aged between 3 and 18.

Riverside Red Cross Babysitting Course
Riverside International School ran an extra-curricular babysitting course last year through the Red Cross. The course ran for 15 weeks with four girls completing it and another six participating, another four are enrolled for this year. They included guest speakers who talked about CPR and first aid and mothers who brought their babies in to talk to the students about caring for a baby.

Here is a quote from one of the participating students:
“I have taken the babysitting training course in Riverside School and have learned from it what to do in the case of a fire, how to handle young children and babies, and illnesses to watch out for such as septicaemia. I have also learned how to do CPR and deal with a child choking. I have enjoyed learning how to handle babies, and practising looking after them. I now have more knowledge on looking after children and dealing with incidents involving them.”

Dubai College Seeks to Export Its Model to UK Homeland

Many of the UK’s elite private schools have chosen to build outposts in warmer climes, exporting the British independent-sector brand to wealthy people abroad. But one leading school in the United Arab Emirates is seeking to go against the grain – by exporting its own style of British education back to the UK.

Leaders at Dubai College – a COBIS Accredited Member School which was founded by a British teacher in 1978 – say they now want to replicate their international school on English soil.

To read the full article on TES click here

Supporting Member News

Welcome To New COBIS Supporting Members

COBIS would like to welcome the following new supporting members who have recently joined us:

Browns Books for Students Ltd - Curriculum Resrources and Publishers
peerTransfer - Personal Finance
SCI Group Ltd - Personal Finance 
The Wordsworth Trust - Curriculum Resrources and Publishers 

World Student Magazine - Opportunity to Advertise 

World Student magazine is a new print and digital magazine aimed at students studying in international schools around the world - and predominantly those studying in COBIS and other British international schools. 

The magazine is published and distributed for free by John Catt Educational, with the support of COBIS, to over 2,000 international schools around the world. The magazine is also available online here and as an app. 

World Student will be published twice a year in May and November.  COBIS Supporting Members are offered a 15% discount on advertising rates, available in a range of sizes. Advertising in World Student is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to reach directly into thousands of schools around the world.

For additional information on rates and artwork specifications click here.

Webinar: Life After Levels and the New Baseline Assessment - November 12, 2014 

Andrew Thraves, Director of Education at GL Education, has led the assessment strategy at the UK’s largest independent provider of educational tests for over 10 years and was invited to give evidence to the recent NAHT Commission on Primary Assessment.

In this webinar, he will discuss the implications of the removal of levels for British International schools, propose options for credible alternatives and invite feedback from schools about the way they have responded to the change so far.

Andrew will also discuss the new baseline assessment and outline some of the considerations around the implementation of a new assessment.

To register and take part in the Q+A (or request a recording to be sent), please click here.

ISC Research announces ISC Datashare and ISC Online for Schools 

ISC Research, the leading organisation for data and market intelligence on the international schools market and a research partner of COBIS, has introduced major innovations to its services through ISC Datashare and ISC Online for Schools. These enhancements are designed to make it easier for international schools to share their data and to access real-time analyses and data relating to their market – at no cost. 

For more information on these services and details of how to participate read the full article.

COBIS Website Banner Adverts - Invitation To Advertise

COBIS supporting members are reminded that advertising opportunities on the COBIS website are available should you have products or services you wish to promote to our members. The COBIS website receives over 7,000 visitors each month so banner advertising is an excellent way for members to reach potential new customers. Please click here to download our advertising rates and contact Natalie Friend to book.

ISC SEN Conference
The Independent Schools Council (ISC) is holding a one day Conference in London on Thursday 20 November 2014. The Conference is aimed at SENCOs, Directors of Learning, Learning Support Teachers and Heads and SMT members who wish to understand or improve the SEN provision in their schools. In addition to knowledgeable and experienced speakers looking at both legal issues and practical approaches in the classroom, interaction and discussion with colleagues and exhibitors plays a vital part in this conference.

COBIS is a constituent member of the ISC and members are invited to attend this event.
Please click here for more information and here to book your place. A programme is available to download here.

UKTI Explore Export Week: 10-14 November 2014

COBIS has strong links with the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) to the benefit of supporting members who promote products and services overseas. UKTI will be holding its 6th Export Week during the week of 10-14 November. Across the week, there will be a varied series of events all over the UK, aimed at businesses to either start their export journey or increase their international business. Previous Export Weeks have seen over 17,000 companies in the UK attend exporting focused events. 

UKTI's flagship road show, ExploreExport, will be touring the UK at 11 venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Over 120 UKTI Trade Officers worldwide will be available for 1-2-1 meetings on their dedicated markets to help companies “explore” the possibilities of exporting to their countries. At a cost of £50 +VAT for up to 8 meetings, ExploreExport offers an excellent opportunity for supporting members to learn about new markets and grow sales of products and services internationally. 

The week will cover a range of events, across the UK and Ireland, including:

For more information, please visit the UKTI website.

Contact Us

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

Colin Bell, CEO -
Natalie Friend, Communications and Membership Officer -
Tamsin Gordon, COBIS International Marketing Intern -
Catriona Lawless, PA to Colin Bell -
Fiona Rogers, Senior Professional Development Officer -
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