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COBIS Buddy Scheme


To help facilitate connectivity between colleagues within the COBIS network, and support you in your role, COBIS has an informal ‘buddy’ scheme for new Heads and Senior Leadership (Deputy Heads, Vice Principals, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary, etc.) . This scheme supports Heads and SLT whether they are new entirely, new to the international sector, or simply new to COBIS.

We appreciate that many `New Heads’ and members of your Senior Leadership team are very experienced school leaders and management, but we would still like to offer the chance to connect you with another member of the COBIS network.

This is not intended to create a formal coaching relationship, but to offer new colleagues in the network a sounding board with experience of the challenges and rewards of international school leadership.

Want to register?

Buddy Scheme for New Heads

If you would like a 'buddy', please complete this short form and we will connect you with an experienced COBIS Head.

Buddy Scheme for Senior Leadership Team 

We invite all new to the Senior Leadership team (Deputy Heads, Vice Principals, Head of Primary, Head of Secondary, etc.) to complete this form.


`I find it really helpful to have someone who is separate from school, and with so much experience, to discuss items with. He has given me some sound advice on establishing and developing a board of governors, HR in an international setting and looking after staff who are working away from home. We have also discussed the various challenges around working in an international setting, from recruitment to work permits. Often it has been as helpful to have someone to listen to the various bits as it is to get advice.`

Arabella Crook -  Reigate Grammar School Vietnam