Supporting Member of The Year Award

The winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018 was announced at a special presentation during the COBIS Annual Conference. The Award celebrates the fantastic work that Supporting Members do with COBIS schools every year.

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year

A Tale Unfolds - Luxembourg LitFilmFest     
Nominated by St George's International School, Luxembourg

Congratulations to A Tale Unfolds - winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018.

Here are some comments from our judges about the winning project:

“A great example of creativity and an excellent opportunity to engage and involve parents as well”.

“This project has had an inspirational impact on pupil understanding and engagement in political and social impact campaigns. It appears to have created a real buzz about the school and pupil's sense of purpose”. 

Click here to watch a film about the Luxembourg LitFilmFest and here to see a film by the pupils at St George's International School, Luxembourg. 

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year - Runner Up
Learning Ladders - Implementation of Learning Ladders    
Nominated by GEMS Royal Dubai School  

Congratulations to Learning Ladders - COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018 runner up.

Here are some comments from our judges about the runner up project:

“This project has clearly had a huge impact on learner outcomes and improved pupil ownership and engagement as well as improving parental engagement”. 

“A transformational project in terms of educational development”. 

“Excellent to see that this product has supported an 'outstanding' inspection. It was bespoke to the region and has supported collaboration between different schools”.  

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Shortlist

Eight projects were shortlisted for the Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018. Congratulations to the following companies:

A Tale Unfolds - Luxembourg LitFilmFest     
Nominated by St George's International School, Luxembourg

EyeFilm - BST Outdoors Film   
Nominated by The British School in Tokyo  

Interactive Schools - New School Website: www.britishschoolmuscat.com
Nominated by British School Muscat  
 
Interactive Schools - New School Website: www.jess.sch.ae
Nominated by JESS, Dubai 

Interactive Schools - New School Website: www.britishschool.sch.ae
Nominated by The British School Al Khubairat           

Learning Ladders - Implementation of Learning Ladders    
Nominated by GEMS Royal Dubai School  
 
The Teaching Assistant College - Delivery of the Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA)    
Nominated by Prague British International School  
 
the-learning-crowd - The Chatmore School Development Plan
Nominated by The Chatmore British International School

Judging Criteria and Panel

COBIS would like to thank our judging panel for giving their time generously to the Supporting Member of the Year Award.

Caroline Wright
Director General - British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
 
Caroline Wright is Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association, the UK's national industry association for educational products and services. Caroline joined BESA in 2012, taking on the Director General role in July 2016.

In her time at BESA the association has grown in impact and size and represents more than 80% of the UK educational resources market and more than 350 education suppliers.
 
Prior to joining BESA Caroline's career spanned the public and private sector in a range of leadership and communications roles. From an early career working in national and local newspapers Caroline moved into Government working as Director of Communications across a range of Departments including the Department for Education, Ofsted, Partnerships for Schools, The Cabinet Office, and the Department of Trade and Industry.
 
Caroline was also a Non-Executive Director of the UK's largest acute NHS hospital trust from 2012 to 2014.

David Woodgate
Chief Executive - Independent Schools Bursars Association (ISBA)
 
David is chief executive of the Independent Schools' Bursars Association (ISBA). He was formerly both chief executive of the Institute of Financial Accountants (2008-2014) as well as the Institute of Administrative Management (2001-2007). Directly prior to joining the association, David was the group strategy consultant to the Institute of Public Accountants (Australia).
 

He is a qualified barrister and was called to the Bar in 1982, and he holds an MBA as well as a BSc in Linguistic and International Studies, majoring in French, Russian and Law. In addition, he also spent nearly 20 years working in the banking sector ending up as director, e-commerce, for the Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Bank. He is Chairman of Governors of an independent school.

Margaret Garrard
Director of Operations & Deputy CEO - Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Margaret oversees the day-to-day business operations at COBIS and acts as the Deputy CEO. Before joining COBIS, she worked in a leadership capacity at Optimus Education, a publishing and events organisation providing CPD and school improvement services to over 5000 schools in the UK and internationally. Prior to this, she held a number of event R&D, marketing and communication roles and has trained as a professional facilitator and trainer.

For any queries regarding the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award, please contact Natalie Williams, COBIS Membership Officer - members@cobis.org.uk or call 0044 (0) 203 826 7198.