The Patron's Accreditation and Compliance

What is the COBIS Compliance and Patron’s Accreditation?

  • The primary route to COBIS membership 
  • An external validation scheme on a 5-year cycle
  • A tailored approach, based on rigorous standards and self-evaluation
  • Recognises strengths while providing next steps for schools to improve and grow
  • A professional partnership with each of our schools

How is it different, and what are the benefits?

  • COBIS Compliance and Patron’s Accreditation is based on validation of evidence provided by our schools. It is not an inspection regime, nor do we form judgements
  • With our high compliance standards, we work with our schools to help them to be as safe and secure as they can be
  • We recognise and appreciate the context in which our schools sit
  • An interactive process over a five-year cycle; not a one-off snapshot
  • Supportive dialogue with our Lead Improvement Partners (LIPs) and Accreditation Team builds solid professional relationships and lasting partnerships
  • Patron’s Accreditation involves central observation of learning and teaching with feedback for each teacher during a visit
  • Choice for schools to extend the range of Patron’s Accreditation with larger teams and two optional elements: Communication and Extra-Curricular

What is the difference between Compliance and Patron’s Accreditation (PA)?

  • For Compliance, standards 1-5 are mandatory (plus standard 6 for boarding)
  • Standards 7-10 are only available with Patron's Accreditation 
  • Compliance is the minimum requirement for COBIS membership and features a 2.5-day LIP visit
  • Patron's Accreditation validates learning and teaching and leadership with a three-day team visit along with areas of compliance against our standards
  • Compliance leads to Member status, PA to Patron’s Accredited Member status

How can schools apply?

  • Each school chooses their preferred scheme (Compliance or PA), applies and pays online or by invoice
  • Visits are scheduled around six months to a year in advance by mutual agreement
  • A Lead Improvement Partner (LIP) is allocated to the school 4-6 months before their visit
  • The school uploads evidence to the Digital Workbook (DWB) to be reviewed by their LIP
  • Schools and LIPs have ongoing dialogue before each visit to ensure schools are well-prepared and have sufficient evidence for a successful visit
  • The LIP produces a report, which is quality assured and reviewed by the COBIS Accreditation Team and the COBIS Membership and Accreditation Committee, then ratified by the COBIS Board
  • A written report, based on the verbal feedback given at the end of the school visit and membership documents are provided to the school approximately six weeks after successful visits
  • Should a school be non-compliant in one or more areas, COBIS and the LIP work with them to formulate an action plan to lead to compliance as soon as possible

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COBIS Chairman and CEO present Hartland International School with their Patron's Accreditation

Doha College receive their Patron's Accreditation certificate

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