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Supporting Associate Resources

A number of our Supporting Members have reached out to help the international education community. Here we have a list of Supporting Members who have offered free or discounted access to things like distance learning platforms, safeguarding tools, student activities and teacher support systems. 

You can also view a resource from the Department of International Trade and HM Government, outlining the support they are offering for international businesses. 

ISC Research recently hosted a webinar with our CEO, Colin Bell, sharing advice for school suppliers during shutdowns. Watch it here. 

Finalsite have written a piece with details on best-practice communication strategies, have a read of it here.

Pearson have written five top tips for distance learning.

Pobble are supporting schools with teaching writing in school and remotely. They are giving all English leaders a FREE premium Pobble account for a whole year and offering discounts for those wishing to adopt Pobble across their whole school. Their daily writing activities on Pobble 365 remain free to access for all teachers. Click here to learn about Pobble remote learning and how they can easily get you set up in ten minutes.

OneWorldCover have created an informative article on the importance of having good employee health insurance especially during a pandemic. Click here to read it.

Frog Education has been facilitating an online community of schools, for schools across the world to share insights, tips, advice and information on how to address the immediate and long-term challenges of Covid-19.  Explore talks from the school community here.

Searchality, a digital-based recruitment company, are offering their services for free, to ensure that recruitment of staff is still possible despite closures and restrictions on movement. Click here for more information.

FlashAcademy®, a digital language-learning platform that teaches British curriculum from 45 languages, is creating free home learning resources for ESL students to help maintain the momentum of their language development during this difficult time. You can find all of these resources, along with ideas for home learning, here. FlashAcademy® is also working with schools in China, Italy and the UK, to help overcome the language challenges experienced in distance learning - read more about their work here. All COBIS schools are entitled to a 10% discount on the FlashAcademy® platform by quoting ‘COBIS10’.

Pamoja Education is also offering a discount on their courses, providing teachers with ready-made lesson plans, assessment materials and student activity monitoring tools. Email them to get a quote, and let them know you're a COBIS school for a discount. 

Real Training, a specialist education training company, are offering a £75 discount on their platform, which conducts teacher-training online, so CPD doesn't have to be put on the back-burner. You can visit their website or get in touch with one of their advisors via email or phone them on +44 (0) 12733 58080. If you book online, quote 'COBIS75' in the notes section to get your discount.

Planet eStream, a platform for live and recorded distance learning, is offering COBIS member schools a 25% Discount on the first 12 months of subscription to their platform and are also offering free access to their online training academy and webinar programme. Contact via email for a quotation and/or to arrange a free web based demonstration with a specialist advisor using the reference COBIS25.

The National College are hosting a webinar on minimising disruption, available here

GL Education have also hosted a webinar on their Doddle platform, used for remote learning. They are offering a 15% discount on the Doddle Suite for COBIS schools, and an 18 month subscription for the price of 12 months. Email them to find out more.

NetSupport are providing free remote control tools to enable IT teams to provide remote support to staff off-site, while allowing them to remotely access their work PC as if they were sitting in front of it. To access the free tools, click here.

TTS International have created a free downloadable resource for teachers to support with learning at home, there are over 40 home learning activities and there are three booklets; Early Years, 5-7 years , and 7-11 years. Download them here. 

Renaissance is a leader provider of assessment and practice solutions that put learning analytics to work, helping reduce instructional planning time and making personalised learning possible. Learning is a continual journey, and sometimes there are unexpected twists so our ‘Renaissance Everywhere’ initiative shows how we support learning everywhere it happens. Take advantage of our free myON news offer with a subscription to myON reader. To register your interest email here.

Texthelp has created an award winning range of innovative software solutions that help educators and students improve literacy, maths and assessment. COBIS Member Schools can take advantage of a 90-day free trial (excludes existing subscriptions.) To avail of this offer, simply email the word "COBIS" to row@texthelp.com and someone will be in touch to set up the trial.

If a school subscribes to Discovery Education Espresso or Discovery Education Coding, teacher and pupil home access to the entire service is included in your subscription allowing pupils to continue their learning without drawing excessively on teacher time to prepare remote materials. Should your school not subscribe to one of these services please contact them to discuss how they can support your school during a period of extended closure. Visit the Discovery Education website to find out more. 

GCSEPod is offering a free closure period guarantee for all new and renewing subscribers. They have hundreds of free resources for parents, students and teachers.  They have been used all over the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic, please read about that here. They have some advice from an ex-pat teacher, just emerging from 7 weeks of lockdown. You can teach, assess, monitor and engage with GCSEPod – read more on their website.

7billionideas, an international provider of entrepreneurship courses, conferences and camps to children of all ages, brings you HomeHack. HomeHack is a 3-day livestreaming course that will stimulate children between the ages of 11-14 to be creative and innovative in the comfort of their own home. Let your students and parents know about this amazing resource by sending them this link.

Piota are offering their Parent Communication app to all COBIS members with half-price set-up and 18 months for the price of 12 in the first year. The app is being used by many schools to send push notifications to keep parents and staff updated on school information and link your online learning portals in one place. Piota can get a branded app for your school setup and being used by parents within 24 hours! Email them to get started.

Teach Away are offering COBIS member schools a discounted price on their new Effective Online Teaching Strategies: Creating smarter virtual classrooms course. This 20-hour, 100% online course helps educators quickly learn how to teach online, develop digital learning plans and design a modern classroom experience where learning can thrive in the absence of face-to-face interaction.

Sparx is offering all secondary schools around the world free access to Sparx Maths Virtual Classroom for the duration of their closure. They've adapted Sparx Maths to allow teachers to quickly and simply build online maths lessons that can be delivered through a streaming channel of the teacher’s choice. Teachers can choose from their bank of over 2,000 learning objectives which cover the Key Stage 3 and GCSE maths curricula. Students complete their classwork online which is marked automatically and support videos are provided for every question. Teachers can monitor the progress of every student in real-time including whether students have joined the lesson and who might be struggling. See more here.

To help teachers, Hodder Education are offering those who have bought their print textbooks, the equivalent Student eTextbooks, free for one year. Information about this and other free digital resources can be found on their website.

Engage, a management information system for independent schools, can help with secure communication and remote learning. They are offering significant reduced costs that can be applied to current or future purchases. Please email to arrange an exploratory demonstration.

Maths Circle Ltd are offering all new schools a 4-weeks free access trial to their maths online learning platforms - Times Tables Rock Stars (adaptive programme of daily times tables practice) and NumBots (a fun pupil-led programme teaching addition, subtraction and number bonds). For more information or to register a school for a free trial please click here for TTRS and here for NumBots. All COBIS schools (new schools or renewals) are also entitled to a 10% discount on their total subscription cost by quoting "COBIS10".

DK, the illustrated publisher, has launched a new Stay Home Hub. This hub will host DK's best downloadable resources and digital activity packs, to keep you, your children, and your students as curious and as connected as ever. In addition, there will also be plenty of daily video activities from DK authors on their social media channels. Don't forget the DKfindout! website, the safe online space for children to learn and explore and for teachers to download free resources to plan their homeschooling lessons and projects.

MyConcern have put together a safeguarding guide with tips and advice for all staff, to help schools to continue to care for their students amid the disruption.  You can access the guide here.  In addition, they're also hosting weekly Safeguarding Support webinars, at 10am every Wednesday morning with a panel of experts discussing the latest safeguarding topics and questions from the audience. Register for the webinar here.

Follett are offering free access to an eLearning platform housing more than 4000 eBooks and interactive books. Schools are not required to be current Follett customers to access these resources. Register here for access. For Destiny Library Manager users, Follett are also able to provide access to Classroom Ready Collections providing K-12 resources put together by teachers for teachers. Both are available until June 30, 2020. Please contact them at international@follett.com to register your interest. Further details about Follett’s eLearning resources can be found here.

Bloomsbury has a host of online resources and activities available to download for free, and will also be posting new resources and activities daily on the Bloomsbury Kids Facebook to keep children and families engaged and entertained with their learning, and free resources for teachers including extracts, posters and giveaways  on the Bloomsbury Education Facebook and Twitter. Bloomsbury’s most helpful books for learning from home are available to order from the Bloomsbury.com website.

BlueSky has curated a variety of free CPD webinars for school leaders, NQTs and early career teaching staff. They are providing free access to a ‘lite’ version of their platform for non-BlueSky members so that everyone who is interested can participate regardless if their organisation is a BlueSky member. This offer is not limited to the COVID-19 period, the free portfolio will be a feature of BlueSky’s offer going forward. To book, please click here.

Kinteract are offering full access to the Kinteract platform for schools affected by COVID-19 until the end of July 2020. They have also written a blog to explain how they can support schools with remote learning, in-class learning and anything in between as schools transition between the two. The blog is here. To take advantage of this offer, please email jamie@kinteract.com.

WCBS’ highly anticipated next generation, cloud native academic solution, HUBmis, is available to independent and international schools from Autumn 2020! Whether you’re part of a new school, a small school, or a large school group, this intuitive Management Information System is the perfect solution for you. It is infinitely scalable and modular, so you only pay for what you need. Click here for more information.