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COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads (CPAH)

The COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads (CPAH) is a dynamic, engaging and challenging professional development programme for Aspiring Heads, Senior Leaders, and Headteachers within the first two years of headship who are interested in developing their practice. The course runs over a period of eight to ten months, combining six days of face-to-face sessions, further online sessions, and a choice of in-school projects and optional school placements. The course is facilitated by trained COBIS facilitators who are practising international school leaders with extensive experience of headship in COBIS schools. 

  • Learn from and with other international school practitioners
  • Gain a recognised qualification to prepare for headship in an international school
  • Have focused time for reflection in preparation for headship within an ethos of support and challenge

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The CPAH is running in 2021/22 with cohorts in Muscat and Rome. 

Applications for the 2021/22 CPAH are now closed. To register interest and enquire about the waiting list, please email

CPAH Muscat

Location: Muscat, Oman
Host school: British School Muscat
Dates for first face-to-face sessions (virtual): 6-7 October 2021
Interim online session: Jan/Feb 2022 TBC
Dates for second face-to-face sessions: 26-28 April 2022
Delegate fee: 850 OMR


Location: Rome, Italy
Host school: New School Rome
Dates for first face-to-face sessions (virtual): 3-4 November 2021
Interim online session: spring 2022 TBC
Dates for second face-to-face sessions: 8-10 June 2022
Delegate fee: 1800 EUR

The first sessions will run virtually. We hope to be able to run the spring/summer face-to-face sessions in person, subject to easing of travel restrictions. If necessary, remote delivery of the course will be considered.

Are you interested in leading an international school?

Do you want to meet and network with a group of like-minded leaders from diverse international schools?

Do you want to prepare for your first years as a headteacher?

Register your interest in the CPAH

To register your interest in the CPAH in 2022/23, or to enquire about the waiting list for 2021/22, please email