The COBIS Annual Conference is for Heads, Governors, Proprietors and Senior Leaders from schools around the world including COBIS member and non-member schools. It is anticipated that more than 250 school leaders (Heads, Governors, Senior Managers) will attend, representing over 100 schools from more than 60 countries worldwide. The conference has a leadership focus, with a sub-theme running through the programme considering issues around sustainability, climate change, and how schools can support and enable young people to address the need for global change.

Delegate Fees and Booking Forms:

Delegate booking is now open for Members and non-Members. Full delegate fees start from £499 plus VAT for COBIS Members. For more information on delegate fees and booking forms, please click here.

Delegate Fees and Booking Forms 

Exhibition and Sponsorship:

Booking for the exhibition at the 39th COBIS Annual Conference is now open for both Supporting Members and non-members. To view a list of sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

View Exhibitor Information and Booking Forms

Keynote Speakers: 

Professor Steve Munby, CBE

Consultant and speaker on leadership and system reform 

Professor Steve Munby is a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and system reform. Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England, and subsequently Chief Executive of Education Development Trust. Steve’s latest book: “Imperfect Leadership – A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all” was published in July 2019. 


Baroness Floella Benjamin, OBE DL

Actress, Broadcaster and Advocate for Children’s Welfare and Education

Floella is an actress, presenter, writer, award-winning independent producer, politician and an active advocate for the wellbeing, care and education of children throughout the world. For the last 50 years she has appeared on stage, film and television, working with some of Britain’s top drama directors. In 2010 she became the first Trinidadian woman to become a Baroness in the House of Lords where she speaks on children's, diversity and media issues. 


Carl Honoré

Writer, broadcaster, TED speaker

Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer and the leading voice of the Slow Movement. After working with street children in Brazil, he covered South America and Europe for the Economist, Observer, Houston Chronicle, National Post and Time magazine. His books on the surprising benefits of slowing down have been translated into more than 35 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries.

Harry Baker

Poetry Slam World Champion

World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker published his debut anthology ‘The Sunshine Kid’ in December 2014. The subsequent show of the same name was voted ‘Best Spoken Word show’ of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Now a fully-fledged maths graduate and full time poet/adventurer, his work has been shared on and viewed millions of times worldwide.



The programme will also include contributions from United Nations Institute for Training and Research; Eco Schools; eduCCate Global; Planet Mark; and more.

Seminars will include:

  • Whole School Professional Learning
  • Student and Staff Wellbeing
  • Building a Shared Vision
  • Leadership Coaching
  • A Curriculum for Tomorrow

Shoulder Courses:

Make the most of a trip to London by registering for one of our courses around Annual Conference:


The main conference hotel is the InterContinental London - The O2. Reduced rates have been negotiated for conference delegates. Discounted rates are also available a number of nearby hotels. Please click here for more information, including costs and booking instructions.


Previous Conferences:

The 38th COBIS Annual Conference was attended by more than 750 delegates, exhibitors, speakers and guests. For more information about the 38th COBIS Annual Conference, 11-13 May 2019, please click here.

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