Supporting Member of The Year Award

The Supporting Member of the Year Award celebrates the fantastic work our Supporting Members do with COBIS schools every year.
 
COBIS invites member schools to nominate up to three Supporting Members who they have worked with on a project which the school is particularly proud of.
 
The winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2019 was announced at a special presentation during the COBIS Annual Conference. 

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year 2019 - WINNER


BlueSky Education

Project: Staff Development and Review

Nominated by: St Paul's School, São Paulo, Brazil

Here is what the school had to say about their project with BlueSky:

"We use BlueSky's online CPL and staff development platform to manage and monitor our CPL strategy and manage our annual staff development cycle. The benefits that are most obvious is the fact that now every member of staff received a full annual review.  Without BlueSky we had a three-year review system which used only senior leaders to carry out the appraisals.  Now our middle leaders are empowered to be appraisers and they have developed the skills necessary to review their teams.  In addition, junior teachers now review their assistants, which means that they have developed review and coaching skills and their working relationships have strengthened. They have embraced the importance of annual staff development and review and even refer to it as my BlueSky.

BlueSky has been a fantastic piece of software to support PD and the professionalisation of our CPL. We have been impressed by the personal approach from the team at BlueSky and the way in which they respond to our requests and help us make the best from the system so that it can meet our needs." 

 

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year 2019 - RUNNER UP

 

 

 

Lexis Education

Project: TESMC Teacher Professional Development Course

Nominated by: British School Jakarta, Indonesia

 

2019 Shortlisted Nominees

Four projects were shortlisted for the Supporting Member of the Year Award 2019. Congratulations to the following companies:

 

m2r Education, RGS Teacher Recruitment

Nominating School: Royal Grammar School Guildford in Qatar

 

Music & Movement, Dance Festival

Nominating School: British Embassy School Ankara

 

Supporting Member of the Year Award 2020

 

How does the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award work?

COBIS schools are invited to nominate any COBIS Supporting Member who they have worked with over the last academic year on a project which the school community is proud of. Schools should submit a short nomination form and include details of their name, school and an outline of the project. We will let you know when nominations open for our 2020 Award!

 

Shortlisted candidates will be evaluated by a judging panel comprised of industry experts. The winner of the Award will be announced at next year’s COBIS Annual Conference.

 

Who can be nominated for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2020?
 
Schools can nominate any COBIS Supporting Member organisation or organisations that they have worked with on projects which took place during the 2018/19 academic year. A full list of COBIS Supporting Members can be found here.

Schools can submit up to three separate nominations and can nominate the same Supporting Member for different projects. 

 

What kind of projects can be nominated for the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award?
 
Nominations can include anything from an excellent training course provided by one of our Supporting Members to a new school building project which has been delivered successfully. As long as the project was delivered by one of our COBIS Supporting Members within the last academic year, the nomination will be accepted.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award, please contact members@cobis.org.uk or call 0044 (0) 203 826 7198.

 

Judging Panel

The winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award is decided by a judging panel of industry experts. Meet our judges below.

 

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.

 

Natalie Dalvarez
Director of Operations (Maternity Cover) - Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

Natalie has spent the last four years in various leadership roles at Herts for Learning, most recently Deputy Director of Business Services. After graduating from the University of Essex, she went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations before developing an expansive career in education as a School Business Manager and Specialist Leader in Education amongst other roles. As a talented Entrepreneur, Natalie also co-owns an award-winning business and has an enormous amount of expertise to bring to the COBIS team.

Previous Awards

2018

The winner of the COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award 2018 was announced at a special presentation during the COBIS Annual Conference. 

COBIS Supporting Member of the Year 2018 Winner

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

Congratulations to LitFilmFest - 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 2018 - 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:

LitFilmFest - 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