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35th Annual Conference InterContinental London, The 02 7-9 May 2016 #COBIS16

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Welcome to the 35th COBIS Annual Conference A Warm COBIS Welcome to the 35th COBIS Annual Conference Members, non-members, exhibitors, sponsors, student broadcasters, speakers and esteemed guests, your conference story starts here! An enormous thank you to each of you for choosing to join us here at our new conference venue on the banks of the River Thames in London. Now that you have all made the journey to our capital city, some coming further than others, it’s time to relax and enjoy your time here. Over the next few days together, we’ll explore the theme of Authentic Leadership. Indeed, this is a theme which resonates with us all, regardless of gender, age, school phase, school size or geographical location. Once again, we’ve worked hard to shape a conference programme of the highest quality. Special recognition must go to Dawn Akyürek, Headteacher from King’s College School, La Moraleja for her excellent ideas and enthusiastic support for the delivery of our 2016 flagship event. Thank you Dawn! Collectively, we are all committed to creating and contributing to safe and successful schoolswhich set high expectations. With that in mind, whilst we learn and enjoy one another’s company, naturally, we’ll have plenty of opportunities throughout our conference programme and surrounding social activities to share our unique and enriching stories. Year on year, our conference participant numbers have increased, with attendees anticipated to reach 600 in 2016. In addition to school leadership teams, governors and Ministry of Education representatives, we are delighted to be joined by 120 COBIS Supporting Member organisations and sponsors who as ‘Experts in the Field’ add tremendous value by sharing their skills and knowledge as exhibitors. As COBIS continues to grow, so does the global reach and influence of our Association. The range of professional development opportunities for staff and governors is increasing, as is the number of student competitions and events run by COBIS. This is not to mention the greater need for our lobbying activities as well as the number of quality assured school members who continue to see COBIS membership as attractive and worthwhile. Working on your behalf, we are proud to represent the vibrant sector of international British schools overseas and to be recognised as a UKTI Trade Challenge Partner, promoting and supporting all aspects relating to the export of world-class British education. For the benefit of students worldwide, including their families and the staff who expertly lead and develop our school communities, we continue to be ambitious, working to strengthen and deliver the best services around. Therefore, as a consultative and responsive association, please do get involved and help to explore, influence and shape our bright future. So, as we embark and set off to explore the theme of Authentic Leadership, one must ask can we really make a difference? With confidence, I believe that of course, we can. On behalf of the dedicated COBIS Board, superbly led by COBIS Chairman, Trevor Rowell and the talented COBIS team, we very much look forward to sharing your company during conference, and remember… the story doesn’t end here!.

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A Message from the Chairman Welcome to the 2016 Annual Conference! It´s a challenge - to offer you an experience of quality that even exceeds last year´s. But the programme shows every sign of doing just that. Let us know what you think. We listen carefully to your ideas, and learn each year a little more about what succeeds. Some successful aspects of the programme return - for example, the COBIS CREATE session where colleagues share some wonderful ideas and experiences. But this year´s conference is marked by particularly strong professional variety and quality, balancing a rich array of seminars and some outstanding keynote speakers. There are many “inspirational stories”. So we hope this will truly help you to develop creative and authentic leadership, in world class schools, where young minds are opened to the joy of international learning. For COBIS leaders and governors, this is the annual highlight. But the Conference is now just one part of an extensive offering of CPD enjoyed by literally thousands of your school staff, in their many different and important roles and this is now taking part all over the world. The more we can do to serve and support your schools, the better. Hundreds of your students and their parents also express strong appreciation for the COBIS activities now on offer to them, globally. So I hope that you enjoy every minute. There´s something for everyone, whether school leader or governor. And, of course, the professional networking, and chance to meet our amazing number of leading exhibitors are of enormous value.

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Thank You to our Generous Sponsors On behalf of the COBIS Board and the growing global COBIS network, thank you to the following companies for their generous sponsorship. Their ongoing support and expertise is greatly appreciated. Many of these sponsors are attending the Annual Conference. Please do take the opportunity to visit their exhibition stands.

BridgeU Stand 2 COBIS Annual Conference Headline Sponsors

CEM Stand 68 Sponsorship of the COBIS Welcome Reception and Dinner on Saturday 7 May Discovery Education Stand 93 Sponsorship of the COBIS Annual Reception and Dinner on Monday 9 May

Sincere thanks to our CEO Colin Bell and the COBIS team for the mountain of work in creating this event - and also to Board member Dawn Akyürek for her sterling help in putting together the programme.

iSAMS Independent Ltd Stand 104 Sponsorship of the routemaster buses to the COBIS Welcome Dinner on Saturday 7 May

It´s a great professional and social event - now in brand new hotel accommodation of the quality and size needed. Even though it is a tube or boat ride to the West End shops, we hope you like it. We kick off with a wonderful dinner at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich - so can we expect Colin Bell´s jokes of a naval and seafaring nature.

Double First Stand 43 Sponsorship of the Annual Conference lanyards and name badges

I look forward very much to talking to you personally,

Eye for Business: Video & Training Stand 1 Production of COBIS Films and working with COBIS Student Filmmakers at the Annual Conference

Trevor Rowell, Chairman

Conference Welcome A very warm welcome to the 35th COBIS Annual Conference! Our theme this year is Authentic Leadership: Inspirational Stories for Learning in British Schools Overseas. The last few years have seen a huge upsurge of interest in harnessing the power and influence of stories and leadership narratives, particularly in the corporate world. Authentic Leaders need to tell convincing and coherent stories to establish credibility, relationship, and a sense of purposeful direction with those they seek to influence. Stories connect with hearts as well as minds. There’s a huge amount of contemporary research – particularly in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and anthropology – that points to story and narrative as the simplest, most effective, most powerful, and most memorable way to reach the hearts and minds of others. Human beings apparently are hard wired for stories. We have planned a conference of interesting stories of outstanding leadership in a range of contexts. This conference is designed to be interactive, thought provoking and enjoyable as well as providing practical, workable strategies and ideas to take back to your school. This year we are continuing with COBIS CREATE which will once again provide our school leaders with an opportunity to give short presentations on an area of innovation from their schools. We hope that you will speak freely about your experiences and expertise and also learn from your colleagues in order to come away with fresh ideas. Attendees also have the opportunity to participate in our additional Safer Recruitment and COBIS Programme for Middle Leadership facilitator training (CPML) courses running alongside the conference. With more than 500 delegates and exhibitors attending, please make sure you network with other participants as well as making time to visit the exhibition. I look forward to meeting new delegates and catching up with old friends!

WCBS International Stand 19 Sponsorship of wine at the COBIS Annual Dinner on Monday 9 May TTS Group Ltd Stand 87 Production of the conference bags Sponsorship of the 2016 COBIS Young Scientist Awards Follett International Stand 24 Sponsorship of wine at the COBIS Annual Dinner on Monday 9 May TES Global Stands 38 & 39 Sponsorship of wine at the COBIS Welcome Dinner on Saturday 7 May John Catt Educational Ltd Stand 57 Design and publication of the Annual Conference Programme Sponsorship of the 2016 COBIS Student Poetry Competition The School Planner Company Production of the conference notepads

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GL Education Stands 9 & 10 Design and hosting of the online COBIS membership application system. Delivery of the COBIS Annual Research Survey Oddizzi Sponsorship of the 2016 COBIS Primary Creative Challenge

Dawn Akyürek, Headteacher, King’s College School, La Moraleja





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1. The Seven Pathways to Authentic Leadership Kai Vacher, Principal, British School Muscat, Sultanate of Oman 2. Digging for Treasure on the Student Data Map: supporting leadership teams in making effective use of data Matthew Savage, Deputy Head of School, Bromsgrove International School, Thailand 3. Inspiring Leadership Stories Karen Ardley, Lead Consultant, Karen Ardley Associates, UK 4. How Effective is Your School’s Child Protection Programme? Jane Larsson and Colin Bell, International Task Force on Child Protection, Tim Gerrish OBE, Founder, International Child Protection Advisors 5. Positioning Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World Lucy StoneHill, CEO, BridgeU, UK 6. Bringing the World into Your Classroom: Erasmus and Beyond Ruth Sinclair, Director, Erasmus + UK National Agency, British Council, UK 7. Working Memory and Pupil Performance Dr Richard Skelton, Child and Educational Psychologist, in association with Rising Stars, UK

Saturday 7 May 2016 09:00-15:00 Safer Recruitment for International Schools (optional extra course; pre-booking required) Barabarani Education, InterContinental London – The O2, Greenwich 10:00-16:00 COBIS/ISC Seminar (optional seminar) Developing your Independent School Brand Internationally: what you need to know and who can help you InterContinental London – The O2 11:00-12:30 An Introduction to Using Data to Inform Teaching & Learning (optional seminar) GL Education InterContinental London – The O2 15:00-16:00 Pre-Conference Seminar and Afternoon Tea – hosted by COBIS/GL Education (optional seminar) UK Assessment Policy Update GL Education, InterContinental London – The O2 16:00-17:00 COBIS UK Ltd Annual General Meeting The expectation is that all COBIS Accredited Member schools attend. In addition, representatives from all COBIS Member and Candidate schools are welcomed. InterContinental London – The O2 17:00-17:45 New COBIS Leaders and New Members Reception InterContinental London – The O2 18:25 Routemaster Transit and arrive at National Maritime Museum – sponsored by ISAMS Independent Ltd InterContinental London – The O2


13:15-14:00 Exhibitor and Supporting Member Development Workshop Jamie Ralph, Communications and Membership Officer, COBIS 14:15-15:15

07:30-08:15 STOMP-style Body Percussion and Samba Drumming Ollie Tunmer, Beat Goes On


Welcome and COBIS Briefing

09:15-10:15 Keynote Speaker Touching the Void Joe Simpson, world renowned mountaineer, author and speaker. 10:15-10:30 Keynote Speaker Q&A Joe Simpson 10:30-11:10

Afternoon Seminar 1. ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ to Excellent in All Categories (Inspections and Standards Panel Discussion) John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Paul Kurczij, Deputy Head (Professional Development) at Prague British School, Czech Republic, Sue Aspinall, Headteacher Junior School, The British School in The Netherlands and Louise Simpson, Headteacher, St Paul’s School, Brazil 2. Data for Leadership: Three Takes on How Data Makes a Difference (Panel Discussion) GL Education and Matthew Savage, Deputy Head of School, Bromsgrove International School, Thailand, David Paton, Proprietor and Head, Radnor House, UK and Gary Webster, Deputy Head of Secondary, British School of Bucharest 3. Enriching Learning and Experiences in Schools: Developing the Spirit of Physical Expression Crichton Casbon, Director Crichton Casbon Consulting Ltd, in association with CHQ Group Limited, UK 4. Increasing your student numbers to Oxbridge, the Ivy League and Russell Group Universities: the everevolving admissions game (Panel Discussion) John Ing, Panel Chair and Director of Dukes Education Consultancy, Jon Tabbert, Head of US Applications, Rebecca Williams, Head of Oxbridge Applications, and Marie-Louise Banning Head of UK University Applications, all for Dukes Education and David Gray, Principal of Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools 5. Making the most of Professional Development Opportunities for your Teaching Assistants - COBIS DITA/ COBIS DITA for Early Years Eva Cartwright, Principal, TA College, UK 6. Your World in Harmony – How effective, new Governor Induction Training ensures you are all singing from the same song sheet Mark Turner, Chair of Governors and Dr Christian Barkei, Principal, St Georges International School, Luxembourg 7. Thinking About The Unthinkable: Effective Crisis Planning in International Schools Simon O’Grady, Principal, The British International School Cairo, Egypt

Sunday 8 May 2016

Exhibition Opens

Lunch with Exhibitors - Our Experts in the Field

13:15-14:15 Keynote Speaker How To Become A World Class School Professor Deborah Eyre, International education leader, academic and author

19:00-23:00 Welcome Reception and Dinner – sponsored by CEM National Maritime Museum, Greenwich


Morning Seminars

Exhibition and Break


Exhibition and Break

15:50-16.20 Keynote Speaker One School’s Journey from Obscurity in Rural Hampshire to Global Infamy – Lessons in Learning Neil Strowger, CEO, Bohunt Education Trust and Headteacher, Bohunt School Liphook - featured school of BBC documentary Are Our Kids Tough Enough?



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16:00-16:30 Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop K-12 Opportunities in Middle East: What has changed? Vipul Bhargava, International Schools and Education Technology Specialist, UKTI Education 16:20-16:50

COBIS Committee Updates and Announcements


Round-up, Thank You and Close


Wine Reception with Exhibitors

17:55-18:45 COBIS Student Activities Reception (Everyone welcome; drinks will continue to be served) followed by a free evening Monday 9 May 2016 07:30-08:15 STOMP-style Body Percussion and Samba Drumming Ollie Tunmer, Beat Goes On 08:15

Exhibition Opens


Welcome, COBIS Briefing and Presentations

09:15-10:05 Keynote Speaker The Creative Path Curtis Jobling, British illustrator, animator and author 09:15-10:00 Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop Developing your Business with International Schools Diane Glass, Head of Business Development and Richard Gaskell, Director of International Schools, ISC Research 10:05-10:20 COBIS Social Media Storytelling Simon Noakes, CEO and Founder, Interactive Schools 10:20-11:00

Exhibition and Break


Morning Seminars 1. Middle Leaders Matter: Transition from IPML to CPML Peter Simpson, Headteacher, Senior School Voorschoten, The British School in The Netherlands, Dawn Akyürek, Headteacher, King’s College La Moraleja 2. What Makes Great Teaching? Rob Coe, Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University 3. Careers Guidance – A Consultative Approach for a Modern and International Profession Virginia Isaac, CEO Inspiring Futures; Present Chairman of the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and Careers England board member 4. Website Best Practices for Sharing the Story of your School Online Max Eisl, Director International Sales, Finalsite, USA 5. COBIS Incubator: Co-constructing a Programme for Student Leadership Development Kai Vacher, Principal, British School Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Matt Hall, Deputy Headteacher at British School Muscat 6. High Performance Learning: A Framework for Creating High Performing Students Professor Deborah Eyre, International education leader, academic and author 7. Legal Lessons in Leadership and Safer Recruitment Matthew Burgess, Partner & Simon Bevan, Specialist Employment Lawyer, Veale Wasbrough Vizards


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12:00-12:45 Keynote - Panel Discussion Session The Link Between Current Affairs and Success in Higher Education and Work Panel Session chaired by Richard Addis, British journalist, editor, writer and entrepreneur. Panellists include: Nicky Cox MBE, British journalist and editor of First News, a British national newspaper for children, Wendy Berliner, Head of Editorial, Guardian Professional Networks, Guardian News & Media and Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser, TES Global. 12:45-13:00

COBIS Strategic Announcements


Exhibition and Lunch

14:00-15:00 COBIS Conversation - Five Facilitated Seminars Five facilitated interactive discussion sessions to explore, influence and shape collective areas for COBIS strategic development. Please note that delegates will be assigned seminar streams. 15:00-15:30

Exhibition and Break

15:30-15:45 International Schools Market Update Richard Gaskell, Director of International Schools, ISC Research 15.45-16:45 Keynote Session COBIS CREATE Presentations from five leaders of COBIS schools on innovation and best practice. 16:45-17:00

COBIS Conversation Feedback, Thank You, Safe Travels and Conference Close

18:30-19:30 35th COBIS Annual Reception – Sponsored by Discovery Education InterContinental London – The O2 19:30-22:30 35th COBIS Annual Dinner – Sponsored by Discovery Education *Formal dress: Black tie and national dress optional

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Keynote Speaker Biographies Joe Simpson World renowned mountaineer, author, speaker Session Title: Touching the Void Joe Simpson has drawn from his experiences as one of the world’s most respected mountaineers to become a leading author. Touching the Void, the story of his amazing survival, having been left for dead in a crevasse high in the Andes, has sold over two million copies and the film won the BAFTA, Outstanding British Fim of the Year and became the most successful documentary in British cinema history. He now brings this powerful story to corporate audiences in an amazingly inspirational presentation that includes insights to a variety of topics including Teamwork, Leadership, Personal Development, Risk Assessment, Management Style, and Training. A tale of two men thrown into a nightmare of terrifying life and death choices and heart breaking decisions. It is about agony and terror, courage and weakness. It tells of trust and friendship tested to the very limits of human endurance. You need no special knowledge of mountaineering to understand the many inspirational messages to be found in the telling of this powerful human drama. It is about the triumph of the human spirit, the immense instinct to survive and the innate strength we have within us to succeed. Joe Simpson’s latest project is a two part documentary for the BBC Burma’s Secret Jungle War is likely to be broadcast in May 2016. Neil Strowger CEO, Bohunt Education Trust and Headteacher, Bohunt School Liphook - featured school of BBC documentary Are Our Kids Tough Enough? Session Title: One school’s Journey from Obscurity in Rural Hampshire to Global Infamy – Lessons in Learning The driving force behind the inception of the Trust, Neil is absolutely clear that we must have the highest expectations for all; an impoverished background is no reason for an impoverished future. Neil was appointed Headteacher of Bohunt School in 2009 and led it to Ofsted Outstanding in 2013 and the Times Educational Supplement’s Overall School of the Year in 2014. As a National Leader of Education and chair of the TESLA Teaching School Alliance, Neil has worked on numerous school improvement projects mainly supporting schools in challenging circumstances and in areas of deprivation. Prior to joining Bohunt School, Neil held a variety of senior leadership roles in schools across the South East. Neil was shortlisted as Headteacher of the Year in 2014, is a former member of the National Steering Group for Languages and is currently chair of governors of a primary school and governor at a special school. Neil’s educational approach is influenced by thinkers from Kurt Hahn to Kierkegaard. Neil is ambitious for state education and its beneficiaries. Watch out for the COBIS Student Filmmakers at the 2016 COBIS Annual Conference. COBIS is pleased to be working with Eye for Business for the second year running to prepare two exciting new films that will be showcased at the COBIS Annual Conference in London in May. The first film will open the Conference on Sunday morning. The second film will be filmed and edited over the course of the Conference by students from Halycon London International School working with professionals from Eye for Business. Watch out for our Student Filmmakers – they may want to hear your stories at the 35th COBIS Annual Conference!


Curtis Jobling British illustrator, animator and author Session Title: The Creative Path The designer of worldwide hit television show Bob the Builder, and international best-selling author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England.Early work on Wallace & Gromit and Mars Attacks! led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning Bob. His own animated series, Frankenstein’s Cat and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, can both be seen on the BBC. Although renowned for his work in film & TV, Curtis’ other love has always been horror and fantasy for older audiences. His epic series of fantasy horror novels, Wereworld, was published by Penguin in the US, while his darkly comic young adult thrillers, Haunt: Dead Scared and Haunt: Dead Wrong, were published by Simon & Schuster in the UK. His new middle grade novel, Max Helsing & The Thirteenth Curse is published by Viking in the US and Orchard in the UK. Curtis visits schools around the world providing unique talks, workshops and learning experiences that cover three key areas of any curriculum — literacy, media and art. A champion of reading for pleasure, his work appeals to every audience, big and small. @curtisjobling on Twitter Professor Deborah Eyre International education leader, academic and author Session Title: How To Become a World Class School What does society require of the very best schools in the world? They expect schools to consistently produce large numbers of students achieving the very highest standards. They expect schools to create students who are rounded and ready to thrive in life beyond school; in university, in the workplace and in an increasing complex world. So how do the best schools achieve this? Whilst each one is individual they do have common features. Based on her new book, in this talk Professor Eyre will explore the features of world class schools and her unique framework for creating them. Professor Deborah Eyre is a global educational leader, researcher, writer and influencer helping good schools become world class. Her career has included a variety of senior education roles both globally and in the UK as well as advising governments and educational foundations in UK, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA and Singapore. From 2010-2014 she was Education Director for Nord Anglia Education and prior to that served as Director of the UK government’s innovative National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), based at the University of Warwick. A widely published author, she is best known for her expertise in how the most able people think and learn. Her new book High Performance Learning: How to Become a World Class School was published in January 2016. Deborah is a member of the COBIS Board, a Trustee of the Swan Multi-Academy Trust, a Freeman of the City of London Worshipful Company of Educators and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Richard Addis (Chair), Nicky Cox MBE, Wendy Berliner and Lord Jim Knight Panel Session: The Link Between Current Affairs and Success in Higher Education and Work Discussion Panel Session chaired by Richard Addis, British journalist, editor, writer and entrepreneur. Panellists include: Nicky Cox MBE, British journalist and editor of First News, a national newspaper for children, Wendy Berliner, Head of Editorial, Guardian Professional Networks, Guardian News & Media and Lord Jim Knight, Chief Education Adviser, TES Global. It is never too young to start learning about the wider world. Employers increasingly value a wide understanding of the economic and political environment in which business take place. This supports effectiveness, motivation and teamwork. Universities increasingly seek a link between a chosen course of study and a wider desire to make an impact on society. Underlying all this is the ability to think for yourself and develop a point of view. 


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Richard Addis is an editor, writer and entrepreneur currently Chairman and Editor of The Day. He is both a former monk and a former gossip columnist. Previously, in reverse order, he was Editor of The Financial Times Weekend, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), The Mail on Sunday Review, The Daily Express, The Sunday Express, The Daily Mail features, The Sunday Telegraph Review and The Evening Standard’s Londoner’s Diary. His book with Lord Green Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World was shortlisted for Business Book of the Year. He is currently training to beat 100 metres world record for a 60-year-old. Nicky Cox is editor-in-chief of First News, the national newspaper for young people with more than two million readers a week. Nearly half of all schools subscribe, making First News the widest-read publication for children in the UK. Nicky was made an MBE for services to children in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2009 and, in 2013, was given a Patron’s award from the NSPCC and ChildLine for dedication to children. She is passionate about giving kids a voice and a fair deal. First News is picking up a string of awards. In the 2012 Newspaper Awards, it picked up the gongs for Weekly National Newspaper of the Year and Niche Newspaper of the Year. It was also made National Newspaper of the Year by the Plain English Awards and Save The Children gave the newspaper an award for outstanding contribution to children. Nicky has toured schools nationwide for seven years with Henry Winkler OBE, as part of their My Way! campaign in an effort to help make life better for children who struggle at school. In 2014 Nicky was one of the Women of Achievement in the Women of the Year Awards. She is often called upon to be a judge herself and has been on the panels for BAFTA and the Mum of the Year Awards, to name a couple. In a previous life Nicky was editorial director of the children’s division at BBC Worldwide (for 14 years) and a sub editor at The Sunday Times. At the centre of her life are her four gorgeous and talented kids – Barney, 22, Beth, 20, Daisy, 17 and Liberty, 14. Wendy Berliner is an award-winning journalist who has spent half her career at The Guardian, first as education correspondent, then as a news editor and later as an education feature writer. She is also a former education features editor of The Independent where she launched a weekly education supplement and commercially successful magazines promoting university education. She has also edited the Times Educational Supplement. Wendy rejoined The Guardian in 2011 to launch the Guardian Teacher Network after a two-year spell in Dubai where she was the first Director of Parental Engagement for the world’s largest group of international schools. Whilst there she developed a parental engagement progamme and website used by parents across the world and worked closely with innovative schools using technology to bring parents closer to their children’s learning. Wendy now leads the Guardian’s online professional networks as head of editorial. The 15 community sites have been developed since 2011 and work closely with Guardian editorial. They have more than three quarters of a million members across the world - by far the largest single group are teachers. In the last year uniques have grown 67 percent with high levels of loyalty amongst readers. Fastest growth is in mobile readership. The networks have won 23 awards to date and are currently shortlisted as content team of the year in the British Media Awards.

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Lord Jim Knight is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global, having successfully developed their teacher training business. He is also a visiting professor at the UCL Knowledge Lab and a member of the House of Lords. Jim’s main policy interests are education, employment, skills and digital technology. He served as an MP from 2001-2009, during which time he was a minister for rural affairs, schools and then employment, with his final year as a Cabinet minister. Jim is a co-owner of XRapid Ltd, the first company to be commercially selling disease diagnosis using an iPhone app. He is also chair of the Tinder Foundation, operating the network of UK Online Centres, and the main digital inclusion delivery organisation in the UK. He is a member of the Government’s Digital Engagement Council.

Keynote Session Descriptions COBIS CREATE Chaired by Mark Leppard MBE, Headmaster, The British School Al Khubairat and Teresa Woulfe, Head of Secondary (in waiting), The British School of Al Khubairat. COBIS CREATE is a chance for five leaders from COBIS Schools, who submitted proposals earlier this year, to give short presentations to other delegates about an area of innovation or best practice within their school. Similar events have taken place successfully in a number of international schools in recent years, at the COBIS Annual Conference last year and at a number of other COBIS conferences this academic year. COBIS is delighted to be able to give senior leaders attending the Annual Conference the opportunity to share their experience and expertise, learn from colleagues, and come away with new ideas.


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Seminar Overviews Sunday 8 May 2016 Sunday Morning Seminars 1. The Seven Pathways to Authentic Leadership Kai Vacher, Principal, British School Muscat, Sultanate of Oman British School Muscat’s vision is to be one of the leading British International Schools in the world. Kai Vacher has been Principal of British School Muscat for 5 years. Kai will share with delegates his changing perspectives on the leadership required to realise this vision. Kai has a passion for and a commitment to the education, well-being and development of young people. An experienced school leader, Kai is a progressive and modernising thinker with an open and inclusive style. He has held senior positions in 2 large schools in the UK and for 9 years was Director of Innovation at SSAT, an independent, school improvement organisation based in London.

We will explore stories and characters to deepen understanding about successful leadership and life. All the stories link to research into successful leadership practices. The characters will illustrate powerful lessons about leadership through their compelling narratives. We will hear from great leaders and use the power of narrative to share their insights and experiences. Stories to inspire… stories to communicate practical ideas… stories to motivate others. The seminar will include and make reference to narratives from Professor John Kotter, Stephen Covey, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ben Zander, Professor Jim Collins and others together with various international research projects. Karen Ardley is an excellent and well-established programme designer and facilitator. She provides leaders at all levels with key insights into motivating people and improving learning. All Karen’s work is based on leading edge research and her continuing experience of working with schools and learners of all ages.

As Principal of British School Muscat, Kai is determined to establish BSM as a leading international school. He has an appreciation of and interest in combining the best of traditional teaching methods with more innovative approaches based on research. Kai has an open and inclusive style of leadership. British School Muscat is a COBIS Accredited Member school.

Passionate about the development of leadership skills and strategies to improve learning for all, Karen designs and delivers interactive and motivating programmes for leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels in schools in the UK and internationally (including China, Nigeria, Kenya, Romania, Qatar, Germany, Iran, UAE, Kuwait, Spain, Libya, Egypt, Czech Republic, Holland, Slovakia, Malaysia, Portugal, Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, Switzerland, South Korea, France, Jordan and Chile).

2. Digging for Treasure on the Student Data Map: supporting leadership teams in making effective use of data Matthew Savage, Deputy Head of School, Bromsgrove International School, Thailand

4. How Effective is Your School’s Child Protection Programme? Jane Larsson and Colin Bell, International Task Force on Child Protection, Tim Gerrish OBE, Founder, International Child Protection Advisors

At Bromsgrove International School Thailand, we collect and use a triangulated dataset on every child, including data on their aptitude, their attainment and, crucially, their attitudes. This is part of our unique approach to personalised learning: #themonalisaeffect. This workshop will explore this data triangle, and will focus on the stories it tells – and, in particular, how, through smart and strategic interventions, we, as teachers, can change the endings, thereby maximising student achievement and progress and student wellbeing too.

The International Task Force on Child Protection (ITFCP) identified 13 Essential Questions to promote dialogue, stimulate research and inform the development of leading practices that schools should adopt to ensure high levels of child protection. Participants will work in small groups to review these questions, assess their schools’ effectiveness, and identify areas for improvement, and then learn from international child protection experts.

Currently Deputy Head of School at Bromsgrove International School Thailand, and formerly Adjunct Lecturer in School Leadership at the University Brunei Darussalam, Matthew Savage has previously been Secondary Principal at the International School Brunei and at Danube International School Vienna, where he gained experience of all three IB programmes. A graduate of Oxford University, with 13 years of middle and senior leadership experience in the UK comprehensive sector, and currently enrolled also on the EdD course at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, he is both the founder of Polio Points, a unique student reward programme which incentivises student achievement within the IB Learner Profile through humanitarian aid, and a fierce advocate for Student Voice, on which he has published several articles and delivered training across Europe. Through his passion for and expertise in the use of aptitudinal and attidudinal student-level data, Matthew has written widely and worked with schools across the world to ensure the available diagnostic and assessment tools are fully exploited to meet the teaching needs of the international school sector and the personalised learning needs of the international student.


3. Inspiring Leadership Stories Karen Ardley, Lead Consultant, Karen Ardley Associates, UK

Jane Larsson has served the international education community for 20 years, with a focus on the development of collaborative partnerships to enable and support educational exchange and the development of international and intercultural perspective. Prior to her appointment at CIS, Jane was Director of International Partnerships with the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she led outreach to promote international educational exchange. She began her career in international education as the Director of Educational Staffing and Publications for International Schools Services (ISS) providing recruitment services and resources to international schools. She currently serves as Chair of the International Task Force on Child Protection, and earlier served as an IB Professional Development partner for teacher training at both VIF and ISS. Tim Gerrish is the founder of International Child Protection Advisors (ICPA). He was a detective with Scotland Yard for 30 years, was Head of the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service Serious Sex Offender unit, and then Head of International Partnerships at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP). Tim advises a number of international schools on their child safeguarding procedures.


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5. Positioning Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World Lucy StoneHill, CEO, BridgeU, UK

7. Working Memory and Pupil Performance Dr Richard Skelton, Child and Educational Psychologist, in association with Rising Stars, UK

Higher education is undergoing a dramatic revolution. The world of higher education is experiencing extraordinary growth, as it prepares to absorb 100 million additional students by 2025. With the introduction of online courses, and the emergence of viable new alternatives to traditional higher education, students find themselves confronted with a more diverse and international range of postsecondary opportunities than ever before. And, all the while, labour market analyses of advanced as well as developing economies paint a picture of underutilised graduate talent, shortages of skilled labourers in certain sectors, and individual industries evolving so fast that 65% of job openings in the next two decades are as of yet unknown. Traditional approaches to higher education decision-making and careers guidance must adapt to meet the evolving needs of today’s students, preparing for tomorrow’s world.

During this session, Dr Richard Skelton will explore the concept of working memory in the context of cognitive development and children’s learning. He will look at why working memory is important in classroom learning and what can be done to improve it. Typical characteristics of children with poor working memory will be discussed, and advice on how to recognise failures of working memory in children. Richard will present research findings that suggest that working memory can be improved and that improvement can:

Lucy Stonehill is the CEO of BridgeU—an education technology company hailed as one of the top 20 EdTech companies in Europe. Lucy, who graduated with honours from Dartmouth College with a degree in literature and psychology, has built two companies in the field of international education, and is often asked to speak about her experiences, both as an entrepreneur and as an expert in the fields of education technology and international education. In 2014, Lucy was labeled an ‘entrepreneur role model’ by the European Commission and has been described as a ‘visionary’ using technology to transform her industry. In 2015, Lucy won “Techpreneur of the Year” at an annual award ceremony that takes place at the House of Commons, celebrating leading female entrepreneurs. And, most recently, Lucy was selected as part of the European Forbes top 30 innovators under the age of 30, operating within the technology sector in Europe. 6. Bringing the World into Your Classroom: Erasmus and Beyond Ruth Sinclair, Director, Erasmus+ UK National Agency, British Council, UK An action-focused seminar with the opportunity to learn about Erasmus+, eTwinning, Connecting Classrooms and other programmes available to schools through the British Council to foster international co-operation and partnerships and foster global citizenship among students. This will include an opportunity to discuss barriers to participation in these programmes and successful case studies as well as strategies to increase participation. Full information about the British Council Schools offer and how to access the programmes will be provided. This seminar is relevant to all conference participants, particularly aimed at school leaders and senior managers. Ruth Sinclair-Jones is Director of the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. Ruth leads on the UK implementation of this €1 billion EU programme in the UK, delivering benefits to 240,000 individual participants and to organisations across the UK through education, training and youth activities and strategic partnerships. Ruth has extensive experience at the British Council in international cultural relations and in the development and management of large-scale programmes in the fields of Education, Society, English and the Arts. Since joining the British Council in 1987, Ruth has worked in Thailand, Belgium, Brazil, Austria, Poland and the UK. Before joining the British Council, Ruth worked in local government finance at the London Boroughs of Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham.


• Increase children’s capacity to learn across all subjects. • Improve results in maths and English. • Improve behaviour and attention span. • Improve speaking and listening skills. Dr Richard Skelton completed his doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of Manchester. His particular interest and specialism is neuropsychology. He has been a Psychologist at Salford City Council and was one of the leads on understanding schools’ provision and knowledge of emotional health and wellbeing as part of the council’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Children and Young People in Salford.

Sunday Afternoon Seminars 1. ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ to Excellent in All Categories (Inspections and Standards Panel Discussion) John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Paul Kurczij, Deputy Head (Professional Development) at Prague British School, Czech Republic, Sue Aspinall, Headteacher Junior School, The British School in The Netherlands and Louise Simpson, Headteacher, St Paul’s School, Brazil This session will allow delegates to choose the focus for the panel to share their story of how they use the BSO inspection framework to ensure excellence by continually evaluating each aspect of our school through our monitoring and review processes. Delegates will be able to choose four of the following questions when entering the room. Those questions with the most votes will be discussed. Delegates will also be able to post their own questions which the panel will try to address during the session or discuss one-on-one later in the conference. 1. How do you monitor the quality of teaching and ensure all teachers strive for excellence? 2. How do you ensure that the curriculum and extra-curricular activities are providing an excellent experience for the students? 3. How do you monitor academic standards and ensure that these are excellent across all groups of students? 4. How do you use the self-evaluation form to capture the story of your school? 5. How do you prepare the inspection team for the inspection of your school, so that you maximise the value of the teams’ feedback? 6. How do you ensure the pre-inspection visit prepares the inspection team well for the main visit? 7. How do you use the inspection outcomes to inform the next steps of the school’s improvement agenda? 8. What parts of the inspection process can be embedded into the school’s practice to support ongoing improvement; so that the tri-annual inspection becomes a part of school self-evaluation?


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2. Data for Leadership: Three Takes on How Data Makes a Difference (Panel Discussion Session) GL Education and Matthew Savage, Deputy Head of School, Bromsgrove International School, Thailand, David Paton, Proprietor and Head, Radnor House, UK and Gary Webster, Deputy Head of Secondary, British School of Bucharest Personalisation and Differentiation Personalised Measures of Progress Do you have your priorities right? Matthew Savage is currently Deputy Headmaster at Bromsgrove International School, Thailand, and also Adjunct Lecturer in School Leadership at the University Brunei Darussalam. He has spoken widely throughout Asia and the Middle East, including presentations at the FOBISIA Heads’ Conference, the BETT Asia Leadership summit and GEF in Dubai. Last year Matthew also launched the annual FOBISIA Student Data Conference. David Paton is the Proprietor and Head of Radnor House and a passionate believer in the power of good teaching. As Head, David works closely with the Senior Leadership Team to deliver an outstanding learning experience for pupils and teachers alike. David has been a teacher for almost 15 years and prior to founding Radnor House was Head of Sixth Form at Harrodian and Deputy Head of the Senior School at Dulwich College. He achieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh and his Masters degree at the Institute of Education. Gary Webster is the Academic Deputy Head of Secondary at the British School of Bucharest and has 15 years of teaching experience both in the UK and internationally. In his current post, he is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum meets the needs of the students and that the students are equipped to make maximum progress. Throughout his career he has endeavoured to make data meaningful in order to underpin students’ progress and academic successes. 3. Enriching Learning and Experiences in Schools: Developing the Spirit of Physical Expression Crichton Casbon, Director Crichton Casbon Consulting Ltd, in association with CHQ Group Limited, UK Research shows that young people that are part of a culture of sport, physical activity and competition are happier, healthier and more successful in learning, life and business than any other comparable group. This seminar explores the power of the enrichment curriculum in helping learners to develop four attributes that are most important to success in life: 1. Commitment 2. A desire to learn and improve 3. A willingness to work hard 4. Personal confidence and self-esteem Delegates will take with them; a clear understanding of the power and value of the physical enrichment curriculum, a process and tools to enable them to evaluate its impact on school, a way of tracking and rewarding learners’ development of the 4 attributes and a way of tracking and rewarding what they accomplish in the physical enrichment curriculum. As experts in extra-curricular activity management, CHQ understands the challenges involved in organising and managing an extensive enrichment curriculum, including the termly activity sign-ups, and will share insights on how schools can simplify the whole process for both teachers and parents. Crichton Casbon is an inspirational thinker and speaker who is widely recognised as a catalyst for change. He is a curriculum designer with an in-depth understanding of curriculum issues. He managed the implementation of the secondary curriculum in England for QCA and directed the PE and School Sport (PESS) project as part of the national strategy for PE and Sport. In physical education he has led the development of three national curriculum programmes of study in PE, national schemes of work and co-authored a book on assessment in PE. A former teacher of PE, geography and English, he has also worked as a LEA Adviser for PE, a School Improvement Adviser and Ofsted inspector.


4. Increasing your Student Numbers to Oxbridge, the Ivy League and Russell Group Universities: The Ever-Evolving Admissions Game (Panel Discussion Session) John Ing, Panel Chair and Director of Dukes Education Consultancy, Jon Tabbert, Head of US Applications, Rebecca Williams, Head of Oxbridge Applications, and Marie-Louise Banning Head of UK University Applications, all for Dukes Education and David Gray, Principal of Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools Now is a time of particular change for Sixth Formers applying to university. With increasing numbers of high-achieving applicants, changes to the A-level system, and the subsequent adaptation of admissions systems by universities, how do you enable your students to stand out? John Ing, Director of Dukes Education Consultancy and school educator of over two decades, leads a practical panel discussion and Q&A on how schools can best prepare their students to put forward outstanding applications, as well as to navigate major recent developments such as the A-level Reforms, new Cambridge admissions tests and alterations to the SAT and ACTs. John Ing, who spent 20 years advising students on their further education as a Housemaster and teacher at Harrow and Stowe, is joined by leading Oxbridge, Russell Group and US Admissions consultants. They have a track-record of over 20 years’ research into and guidance on university admissions in their specialist fields: Dukes Education’s US University support is delivered by Dr Jon Tabbert. A Chicago native, Jon Tabbert has provided market-leading US admissions guidance for over 20 years in the UK. Jon acquired his expertise with a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, a Master’s from Minnesota State and a Doctorate from the University of North Dakota, following which, he held faculty positions at the University of North Dakota; Hastings College, Nebraska and Lake Erie College, Ohio. Jon represented a consortium of American universities in Europe before relocating to the UK in 1982 and later serving as Executive Director of Student Enrolment at Richmond, The American International University in London. Rebecca Williams leads the world-renowned Oxbridge Applications team. After enjoying her own undergraduate years at the University of Oxford, she heads up all Dukes’ Oxbridge support for families using Oxbridge Application’s annual data collection and research into Oxbridge admissions. She works closely with our advisory board of former Oxford and Cambridge Admissions Tutors to deliver the tailored, practical support that underpins their remarkable success rate of 52%, compared to 18% - the most recent reported average. Marie-Louise Banning is an expert in international applications to universities in the UK. She has worked in international education for over 30 years, specialising in the International Baccalaureate. From 2000-2010 she was Principal of Schools in Cambridge Education Group, and was a Member of the Board from 2005. She has a track record of 99% success in helping her students achieve a place in the UK. Marie-Louise joined Dukes in 2016, bringing with her the highest level of expertise in the internationalto-UK field of admissions guidance. David Gray was born in Inverness and educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh and Bristol University, where he read English. After two years’ teaching in a large Bristol comprehensive, he moved to Athens in Greece, where he lived for six years and where he was the co-owner of a Greek language school. He returned from Greece in 1985, after which he taught English at Dulwich College until 1988, before taking up the post of Head of English at Leeds Grammar School. From 1992 until 2000 he was Headmaster of Pocklington School, an HMC co-educational boarding and day school of 750 pupils, in East Yorkshire. David Gray has been Principal of Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh since August 2000. These schools are the largest independent school conglomerate in the European Union, numbering 2740 pupils, with a staff, including support staff, of 550. David Gray is currently a member of the UK GSA/HMC Universities Committee. He and his senior colleagues at ESMS have published a booklet, which has been widely distributed to UK schools, on European universities delivering undergraduate courses though the medium of English.


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5. Making the Most of Professional Development Opportunities for your Teaching Assistants COBIS DITA/COBIS DITA for Early Years Eva Cartwright, Principal, TA College, UK This session will cover: • Creating professional development opportunities in school through encouraging a reflective atmosphere and making the most of organic, professional learning opportunities in school. • Building a TA team who support each other and create opportunities for reflection through peer observation, development focused meetings and reflective activities. • Considering external professional development and qualifications with an emphasis on impact. Eva Cartwright is founder and Principal of The Teaching Assistant College. She has been working closely with schools to raise the profile and standards of teaching assistants for over 13 years and with a background in primary teaching fully understands the difference well trained teaching assistants can make. Eva has a passion for supporting teaching assistants to be creative in their approach, focussing on the things that really matter such as building independence, self-esteem and confidence as well as delivering effective support through understanding children’s needs and individual differences. The Teaching Assistant College is a provider of CACHE accredited qualifications, INSET, short courses and bespoke training packages. Eva supports schools in looking at all aspects of the TA role from observing practice to analyse gaps, improving the working relationship between teachers and TAs, performance management and development through coaching. #AllThingsTA 6. Your World in Harmony – How Effective, New Governor Induction Training Ensures you are All Singing from the Same Song Sheet Mark Turner, Chair of Governors & Dr Christian Barkei, Principal, St George’s International School, Luxembourg

Are you happy with your school website?

In the first part of the session we will present the Governor Induction Training that we use at our school to the group as if we were training our new Governors including a Q&A section. The contents of the presentation will cover the following subjects: • • • • • • • •

Introduction School structure – Governance and Management Governance & Management: The Distinction between the two What we do, how we do it and what we don’t do Commitment expected from Board members Current school activities, priorities & issues School development plan Questions

In the final part of the session, we will lead a discussion to gather the additional experiences & input of the group with a view to producing, after the conference, a generic induction framework for Governors of International schools that will then be available to members on the COBIS website.

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Mark Turner has 23 years of experience as a School Governor with 20 of those as Chair. Firstly in a grantmaintained Primary school in the North of England for 15 years and for the last 8 years at St George’s International School in Luxembourg where the 2015 ISI inspection report stated that “The quality of governance is excellent” and further reported that “… parents expressed themselves as highly satisfied with the governance of the school”. Christian Barkei was appointed as St George’s first Principal in September 2013, prior to this position he was the Principal at the British School of Jakarta and before that the Co-Principal at Yew Chung International School in Shanghai. Before his move into international education he was Head of Department at a Grammar School in the South-East of England.


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7. Thinking About The Unthinkable: Effective Crisis Planning in International Schools Simon O’Grady, Principal, The British International School Cairo, Egypt Drawing on recent case examples in COBIS schools, the session aims to present a crisis planning framework for leaders and governors covering a range of very difficult scenarios. Simon O’Grady is Principal of The British International School Cairo. Since 2011, he has had to manage contexts of sudden school closure, kidnapping and significant threats to security.

Monday 9 May 2016 Monday Morning Seminars 1. Middle Leaders Matter: Transition from IPML to CPML Peter Simpson, Headteacher, Senior School Voorschoten, The British School in The Netherlands, Dawn Akyürek, Headteacher, King’s College La Moraleja This session will look at the ways in which middle leaders can transform the schools’ improvement agenda. The session will focus on the COBIS International Programme for Middle Leaders and its successor, the COBIS programme for Middle Leaders, in delivering leadership development that embraces the specific context of COBIS schools and uses the leadership capacity that exists in our schools.

3. Careers Guidance – A Consultative Approach for a Modern and International Profession Virginia Isaac, CEO Inspiring Futures; Present Chairman of the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and Careers England board member Careers guidance is on the move. No longer is it just about explaining different pathways and matching individuals to a possible job; rather it concerns sitting down with individuals to explore what makes them tick; what they are interested in; their strengths and their abilities. Globalisation, interconnectedness and automation mean that people may have multiple careers in their lifetime. Helping individuals navigate a sea of options and the ever changing landscape cannot be left to websites or well-intentioned volunteers but requires a professional approach that can only come from qualified careers advisers. Learning outcomes: Understand how careers guidance interventions at all levels in school can have an effect on learning and the routes students take during and post school. Virginia Isaac was formerly Director of Business Development at UCAS and Executive Director of UCAS Media. Prior to that she was Marketing and Training Manager for ECCTIS, taught in secondary schools, practised self-sufficient farming and was a founder and Director of Brecon Waters. An English graduate from the University of East Anglia, she also has a PGCE from the University of Swansea. She is now a governor of the University of Wales: Trinity St. David Group of Universities and Colleges. 4. Website Best Practices for Sharing the Story of your School Online Max Eisl, Director International Sales, Finalsite, USA Are you thinking about updating your website in 2016? The goal of your school’s website should be to share your school’s story and more importantly, to make people want to become a part of your story. In this session we will showcase the latest trends and best practices for international school websites to: streamline the admissions process, maximize community engagement using social media and your website, boost inquiries, enrollment and retention and recruit the right faculty. You will leave with new ideas to improve your school’s digital presence!

2. What Makes Great Teaching? Rob Coe, Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University, UK

Working in the education field for over 14 years, Max Eisl began his career in schools starting as a Chemistry Teacher and working his way up to Principal in Columbus, Ohio then Worcester, Massachusetts. For the past 8 years, Max has worked with schools around the world in consulting, training and project management for educational technology products and services including student information systems, on-line learning platforms and communication portals and an array of other tools.

It has long been argued that ‘teacher quality’ is the single most important school variable influencing student achievement - but what can research tell us about the kinds of classroom practices that are likely to create the most learning for students? Most important of all, how can we best support teachers in continuing to improve their classroom practices and in realising the full benefits that research seems to promise? In this session Professor Rob Coe will draw on a range of research findings, including three reviews he has co-authored: the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, What makes great teaching? report and Developing Great Teaching report (all of which will be made available to colleagues attending the session). Rob Coe is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University, England. Before embarking on an academic career, Rob was a teacher of mathematics, with experience in a range of secondary schools and colleges. His research is wideranging, but focuses on ways of using evaluation and assessment to improve learning. Rob is recognised as a leading authority on assessment, having advised the UK Government and the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation on assessment strategy. His opinion is regularly sought on education assessment issues by media outlets such as the BBC (e.g. Newsnight on Ofqual grade inflation). Rob was a featured speaker at the IB Africa, Europe and Middle East 2015 Regional Conference.



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5. COBIS Incubator: Co-constructing a Programme for Student Leadership Development Kai Vacher, Principal, British School Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Matt Hall, Deputy Headteacher at British School Muscat

7. Legal Lessons in Leadership and Safer Recruitment Matthew Burgess, Partner & Simon Bevan, Specialist Employment Lawyer, Veale Wasbrough Vizards, UK

Would you like student voice and student leadership activities in your school to have an even stronger impact on teaching, learning and school development? Would you like to work with other COBIS schools to co-construct a leadership training program for your students so that they are better prepared for the leadership roles that they take on, both in your school and in the future? Inspired by the International Programme for Middle Leadership (IPML), British School Muscat would like to invite COBIS member schools to co-construct a programme for developing student leadership, which, when complete could be available to all COBIS member schools.

Independent schools in England have been wrestling with new regulatory compliance standards on leadership and management since January 2015. Whilst existing BSO standards currently ask questions of leadership, the proposed changes to the BSO inspection regime will bring these questions into line with the English standards. So are there lessons for British schools overseas to learn from how DfE and inspectorates in England have been interpreting these standards? And how are recent findings about staff recruitment by UK-based international schools likely to impact safer recruitment practices for British schools worldwide?

In this workshop you will:

Matthew Burgess has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer in private practice, in-house at a FTSE 100 multinational company and, between 2008 and 2014, as General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council. He led ISC’s successful challenge to the Charity Commission’s approach to public benefit in 2010/11, in a judicial review described as “the most significant case in charity law for 50 years”. Originally a corporate lawyer, Matthew has branched out to develop experience in school regulation and inspection, charity law, safeguarding, student immigration and effective governance. He has been a fierce advocate for independent schools in the media and with Government, most notably the Department for Education and UK Visas & Immigration. Matthew combines more than two decades of practical and hands-on experience as a lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing the independent sector. As a governor of two schools, he helped both achieve excellent inspection reports and was instrumental in a range of strategic decisions, including domestic and international expansion.

1. Carry out a self-evaluation of current student voice/student leadership in your school. 2. Consider models of student voice and leadership and which ones are currently represented in your school. 3. Consider how COBIS schools might use the principles of the IPML as way of developing a programme for student leadership. We will: 1. Explain how we propose to use the IPML framework to shape a programme for student leadership development. 2. Invite you to join a group of COBIS schools to co-construct a programme for student leadership development. 3. Invite you to a conference for teachers and students at British School Muscat, Oman in Autumn, 2016. 6. High Performance Learning: A Framework for Creating High Performing Students Professor Deborah Eyre, International education leader, academic and author This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the High Performance methodology. The High Performance Learning framework is a practical and flexible teaching and learning approach which enables students to enhance and build their own ability, to use it productively to obtain good academic results and develop a wider set of life skills. It sets out progress routes for 20 generic characteristics students need to develop if they are to be high performers in cognitive domains (ACPs) and 10 values, attitudes and attributes (VAAs) that develop the wider learner dispositions needed for cognitive and lifetime success. These provide a structure for student development while enabling schools to customise to fit within their individual vision, context and curriculum. Research-led, this approach delivers fantastic results - especially when used by competent, ambitious teachers and school leaders.

Simon Bevan is a specialist employment lawyer, working exclusively for schools and colleges. Simon provides practical and commercial solutions for his clients in their employment law and HR management. His particular specialisms are in incident management, safeguarding and safer recruitment, restructuring and discrimination. He leads VWV’s market-leading offering to independent schools training on safer recruitment. Monday Afternoon Seminars COBIS Conversation – Five Facilitated Seminars Five facilitated interactive discussion sessions to explore, influence and shape collective areas for COBIS strategic development. Please note that delegates will be assigned seminar streams.




China Oman Brazil India S witzerland Representing Members in over 75 Countries Worldwide


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Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshops Sunday 8 May 2016 Session Title: Supporting Member Development Forum Jamie Ralph, Communications and Membership Officer, COBIS COBIS Supporting Members are invited to attend this informal forum with Jamie Ralph, COBIS Communications and Membership Officer. The session will be an opportunity to ask questions about supporting membership and suggest additional benefits which could be offered as part of the COBIS supporting membership package. Jamie will also present the results of the recent COBIS Supporting Member Survey. UKTI Session Title: K-12 Opportunities in Middle East: What has changed? Vipul Bhargava, International Schools and Education Technology Specialist, UKTI Education This session will provide an update on the work that UKTI Education is undertaking in the Gulf Region. UKTI Education is a team within government that has been set up to help UK organisations in the education and training sector win high-value business opportunities overseas.

Monday 9 May 2016 ISC Research Session Title: Developing Your Business with International Schools Diane Glass, Head of Business Development and Richard Gaskell, Director of International Schools at ISC Research In this session Diane Glass and Richard Gaskell from The International School Consultancy will talk to exhibitors about how to expand your business with English-medium international schools around the world and the latest trends to be aware of to maximise your opportunities.




Student Benefits

Influence and Representation

• Contribute to and access the COBIS World Student Magazine • Get involved in challenging competitions and events • Participate in Inspiring Leadership programmes • Access excellent links to university and careers programmes • Engage in enriching summer school programmes


• Strong links with the British Government, international educational bodies and the corporate sector • Positive relationships with many Ministries of Education worldwide • Celebrating and promoting the achievements of the global COBIS community • International and UK political lobbying and influencing


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FINDING THE BEST TEACHERS, for Every Classroom, for Every Student FINDING THE BEST TEACHERS, for Every Classroom, for Every Student

Since 1990, Over 32,000 Educators Placed in Top International Schools Around the World Since 1990, Over 32,000 Educators Placed in Top International Schools Around the World

2016 – 2017 JOB FAIR SCHEDULE 2016 – 2017 JOB FAIR SCHEDULE LEADERSHIP – BANGKOK, THAILAND LEADERSHIP BANGKOK, November 18 – 20,–2016, Ray Sparks,THAILAND Michael Williams November 18 – CANADA 20, 2016, Ray Sparks, Michael Williams TORONTO,

TORONTO, CANADA December 9 – 11, 2016, Ray Sparks December 9 – 11, 2016, Ray Sparks MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE, January 3 – 6, 2017,AUSTRALIA Nick Kendell January 3 – 6, 2017, Nick Kendell BANGKOK, THAILAND

BANGKOK, January 8 – 11, THAILAND 2017, Michael Williams, Harry Deelman January 8 – 11, 2017, Michael Williams, Harry Deelman LONDON, U.K.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES • Head of School Searches • Head of School Searches • Senior Leadership Searches • Senior Leadership Searches • Teacher Recruitment • Teacher Recruitment • Consulting Services • Consulting Services • Institutional Assessment • Institutional Assessment • Governance Workshops • Governance Workshops • Conflict Resolution • Conflict Resolution

LONDON, U.K. January 13 – 16, 2017, Gez Hayden January – 16, 2017, Gez Hayden HONG 13 KONG, CHINA

HONG KONG, CHINA January 20 – 22, 2017, Barry Drake January 20 – 22, 2017, Barry Drake CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A. January 26 – 29, 2017, Jessica Magagna January 26 – 29, 2017, Jessica Magagna SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A.

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A.Williams February 10 – 13, 2017, Michael February – 13, 2017, Michael Williams DUBAI,10 U.A.E. DUBAI, U.A.E. February 23 – 25, 2017, David Cope February 23 – 25, 2017, David Cope BANGKOK, THAILAND

BANGKOK, THAILAND March 9 – 12, 2017, Michael Williams, Harry Deelman March 9 – 12,U.K. 2017, Michael Williams, Harry Deelman LONDON,

LONDON, April 21 – 23, U.K. 2017, David Cope April 21 – 23, 2017, David Cope

Global Team of Experienced Senior Associates – 18 Offices Worldwide Global Team of Experienced Senior Associates – 18 Offices Worldwide Launceston, Australia Launceston, Australia Nick Kendell Nick Kendell Ontario, Canada Ontario, Canada Robert Barlas

Barlas NovaRobert Scotia, Canada Nova Scotia, Canada Ray Sparks Ray Sparks Nanjing, China Nanjing, China Gez Hayden

HaydenSpain MijasGez Malaga, Mijas Malaga, Spain Dr. Barry Drake Dr. Barry Drake

Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand John Ritter

Ritter ChiangJohn Mai, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand Harry Deelman Harry Deelman Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge, David CopeU.K. David Cope

California, U.S.A. California, U.S.A. Ralph Jahr Ralph Jahr Bridget McNamer Bridget McNamer Julie Ryan Julie Ryan

Massachusetts, U.S.A. Massachusetts, Diana Kerry U.S.A. Diana Kerry

Nevada, U.S.A. Nevada, U.S.A. James Ambrose James Ambrose

Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Pennsylvania, U.S.A. David Cramer David Cramer Sally Gordon Sally Gordon Jessica D. Magagna Jessica Magagna John D. Magagna John Magagna

Washington, U.S.A. Washington, U.S.A. Michael Williams

COBIS Student Competitions, Awards and Activities As a student-centric organisation, COBIS, with the support of our School Members, is committed to engaging and inspiring students and continues to engage with students and the wider COBIS community through an ever-increasing range of student competitions, events and awards.

COBIS Primary and Secondary Games The COBIS Games took place at Dubai College from 10-12 March 2016 with 20 teams travelling from Africa, Europe and Asia to take part. Over three days, the students competed in athletics, swimming and football in a bid to win the overall championship.

COBIS schools worldwide share a commitment to encourage, support and celebrate the talents and achievements of their students, both in and out of the classroom. We are thrilled that the exciting and engaging COBIS programme of Competitions, Awards and Activities, specially designed for over 135,000 students in our COBIS network, continues to flourish.

Congratulations to the team from the British School of Al Khubairat, who were awarded first place, with Dubai College coming second, and King’s College Madrid in third place. Well done to all who took part and the staff who supported them and thank you to Dubai College for hosting and delivering a memorable event for all.

COBIS Senior School Music Festival The inaugural COBIS Senior School Music Festival took place on 6 and 7 June 2015 in Prague. The Prague British School hosted students from The British School in The Netherlands, the International School of Moscow and the English International School Prague for a weekend of workshops, competition and culture. Just over 100 students took part in the Festival over two days, culminating in a collaborative workshop and performance at the Gala Concert in the magnificent Czech Museum of Music. Congratualations to all who took part and to the staff who made this weekend possible. The 2016 COBIS Senior School Musical Festival will be hosted by The British School in The Netherlands from 27-29 May 2016. COBIS Model United Nations (MUN) The inaugural COBIS MUN was hosted by the International British School of Bucharest from 3-6 March 2016. 108 student delegates representing six continents and 35 nations attended, making the first COBIS MUN a memorable, stimulating and successful event. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Building Global Citizenship for Sustainable Development’. Committees at the conference included the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Human Rights Council (HRC). Speakers at the Opening Ceremony included HRH Princess Marie, the British Ambassador to Romania, Mr Paul Brummell, and the United Nations Representative to Romania and Head of UNICEF Romania, Ms Sandie Blanchet. Congratulations to all who took part, as the level of preparation and debate was outstanding.

The COBIS Primary Games will be hosted by Haileybury Astana from 26-29 May 2016. to all taking part! Who will lift the the trophy? COBIS Poetry Competition Well done to the 685 students who took part in the COBIS Poetry Competition – it was the most amount of entries received in COBIS history! To read the winning entries, please go to Thank you to all the teachers who supported their students with this competition. COBIS International Summer School 2016 saw the launch of the COBIS International Summer School, in partnership with Summer Boarding Courses. The COBIS Summer School is for students aged 15–17 years and contains a full academic and social programme, all hosted at Clare College at the University of Cambridge in August 2016. For more information, please visit the COBIS website. All COBIS Student Competitions, Events and Awards: • COBIS Student Leadership Conference – taking place at King’s College, Madrid • COBIS Student World Debate Competition – taking place at English International College, Marbella • COBIS Primary Creative Challenge • COBIS Student Poetry Competition • COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards • COBIS Art Competition • COBIS Student Achievement Awards • COBIS Student Games • COBIS Senior School Music Festival • COBIS Model UN • COBIS International Summer School • COBIS International Programme for Student Leaders – taking place at British School Muscat, Oman

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COBIS Professional Development

COBIS Research

This year has seen 15 COBIS CPD conferences, and has involved over 2000 people - with opportunities not only for teachers and middle and senior leaders, but also for finance managers, PAs, marketing staff, and for governors. The COBIS CPD calendar caters for an increasingly broad cross-section of the school workforce, and covers an increasingly wide geographic spread. Events have taken place in Doha, Ankara, São Paulo, Lagos, Brussels, Bucharest, The Hague, Coventry, London, Prague and Madrid.

In 2015/16, COBIS ran the second Annual Research survey, in partnership with GL Education. The survey was undertaken to help develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. The results are supporting lobbying activities, informing planning for future CPD events, and helping facilitate increased school-to-school networking, communication and support. A copy of the summary report is available on the COBIS website:

With COBIS Schools in 73 countries worldwide, we are making increasing use of online and e-learning opportunities to help schools maximise their CPD budgets and allow more members of the COBIS Community to take advantage of CPD opportunities. There have been 19 webinars this academic year on topics including How to Excel at School and Leave Successfully, Assessment in Primary Schools: What’s New Beyond Levels?, Framework for Developing Global Citizens using Project-Based Learning and much more. For more information on webinars, visit COBIS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. All COBIS Schools are required to complete training in Safer Recruitment and Child Protection. We are pleased to be offering courses on Safer Recruitment in International Schools and Advanced Child Protection before and after the 35th COBIS Annual Conference. We also work with EduCare to provide high-quality online safeguarding and duty of care training to British International Schools Worldwide and we are proud to work with the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP). For more information, visit COBIS member and non-member schools can access the COBIS service administering Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Did you know?... (some of the statistics from responding schools) • The oldest COBIS school was founded in 1896 • 67% of responding COBIS schools teach cross-phase (both primary and secondary) • COBIS schools have as many as 99 pupil nationalities • 95% of leavers from responding COBIS Schools went on to HE/University in 2015 • 12% of responding COBIS schools offer boarding • 108 different curricular subjects are taught in COBIS schools • 153 different extra-curricular activities and sports are offered in COBIS schools • 54% offer some form of financial support; 32% offer bursaries and 48% offer scholarships • The average A*/A pass rate for GCSE/IGCSE in COBIS schools was 56% (compared with 17.6% in England) and the A*-C pass rate was 90% (compared with 72.4% in England) • The average IB pass rate for COBIS schools was 93% (compared with 79.3% worldwide)

2016/17 COBIS CPD Events (details subject to change; check the COBIS website for latest details) Autumn Term COBIS/King’s Group Student Leadership Weekend 7- 9 Oct 2016 - King’s College Madrid, Spain

COBIS/Karen Ardley Middle Leaders’ Course 4-7 March 2017 - St. Catherine’s School, Athens, Greece COBIS/Karen Ardley Middle Leaders’ Course 18-21 April 2017 - British International School of New York, USA

COBIS International Programme for Student Leadership Autumn 2016 - British School Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

COBIS Well Being Conference Spring 2017 - Dubai College, UAE

COBIS Conference for Early Years Staff 28-29 October 2016 -Byron College, Athens, Greece

COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff Spring 2017 - Location to be confirmed

COBIS/King’s Group Professional Development Weekend 28-29 October 2016 - King’s College Madrid, Spain COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers and HR Staff Autumn 2016 - Location to be confirmed Spring Term Leading British Overseas School January 2017 - London, UK

COBIS/Youth Sport Trust PE and School Sport Conference Spring 2017 - Coventry, UK COBIS/Karen Ardley Middle Leaders’ Course Spring 2017 - Dubai English Speaking School, UAE COBIS Conference for Creativity and Visual Arts Spring 2017 -St George’s British International School, Rome, Italy

COBIS Conference for PAs and Secretaries 24-25 February 2017 - British School of Brussels, Belgium

Summer Term 36th COBIS Annual Conference 6-8 May 2017 - InterContinental London – The O2, UK

COBIS Medical Conference for Students Spring 2017 - Doha College, Qatar

COBIS Child Protection and Safeguarding Training 9 May 2017 - London, UK

COBIS Conference for EAL Staff Spring 2017 - British School of Bucharest, Romania

COBIS/Karen Ardley Middle Leaders’ Course 26-29 May 2017 - British International School of Stavanger, Norway

COBIS Conference for Trips and Fieldwork Leadership 17-18 March 2017 - British School in The Netherlands , The Hague, The Netherlands

COBIS Child Protection and Safeguarding Conference for Newly Appointed School Staff Moving Overseas Summer 2017


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Welcome to all Exhibitors COBIS would like to thank all exhibitors, our ‘experts in the field’ who have supported the 35th COBIS Annual Conference. Their expertise, knowledge and commitment to supporting COBIS Schools worldwide is valued, recognised and appreciated.

EXHIBITOR STAND NUMBERS Collexi Ltd 48, 49 Cambridge House SEN Resources 50 Oxford International AQA Examinations 51 SCI Employee Benefits 52 TIC Recruitment 53 CHQ Group Ltd 54 BHM Chartered Architects 55

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Eye for Business: Video & Training 1 BridgeU 2 Buckinghamshire Learning Trust 3 Boardworks Ltd 4 Consilium Education 5 Oxbridge Applications 6 Future Foundations Training Ltd 7 The Teaching Assistant College 8 GL Education 9, 10 Relocate Global 11 Eric Parry Architects 12 Anglo Schools (ASIS)/Study in UK Education Council 13 The School Uniform Specialists 14 Firefly Learning LLP 15 Schoolblazer Ltd 16 Modern Governor (Learning Pool) 17 Edvectus 18 WCBS International 19 The School Planner Company 20 Itslearning 21 Eteach International 22 SchooliP 23 Follett International 24 BrainPOP UK Ltd 25 Protocol Education 26 ISC Research 27 Baker Books – International School Book Club 28 Compass Education Consultancy 29 B Squared 30 Virco Inc 31 Cambridge University Press 32 First News International 33 Winter’s School Finder 34 Gabbitas Education 35 Council of International Schools (CIS) 36 Harlequin Floors 37 TES Global 38, 39 Fieldwork Education 40 Blue Max Banner Limited (BMB) 41 COSY 42 Double First 43 Howarth of London Ltd 44 Anthony Millard Consulting 45 Capita SIMS International 46 Educate 47

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Morleys 77 S+B UK Limited 78 Outset Teacher Education 79 INTCAS 80, 81 Frog Education 82 Oxford University Press 83 High Performance Learning 84 EducationCity 85 Global Investors Group 86 TTS Group Ltd 87 School Website 88 CES Holdings 89 Findel Education Ltd 90 Nutkase Accessories Ltd 91 Piota School Apps 92 Discovery Education 93 Mallory International Ltd 94 HOHENLOHER 95 Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes 96 Twig World Ltd 97 m2r Education 98 Education Development Trust 99 Finalsite: Web Solutions for Schools 100 Cambridge International Examinations 101 Scanning Pens 102 Interactive Schools 103 iSAMS Independent Ltd 104 ManageBac 105 Teachanywhere 106 107 Renaissance Learning UK 108 Dyslexia Matters 109 Furlong Business Solutions Ltd 110 NFER 111 Teachers’ Wealth 112 Show My Homework 113 Browns Books for Students 114 BlueSky Education 115 Karen Ardley Associates 116 Zeco Ltd 117 Independent Schools Exams Board 118 ISUS Ltd 119 Inspiring Futures 120

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Exhibitor Profiles 2Simple Software

Stand no. 66 Address: Enterprise House, 2 The Crest,

London, NW4 2HN, UK Contact: Fiona Moore Email: Web:

2Simple has been making powerful and creative educational software for primary schools for over 14 years during which time we have won over 40 industry awards. Our head office is in the UK but 2Simple tools are used in classrooms around the world. Our most popular program is Purple Mash, an ever growing website filled with creative tools, games and curriculum resources to support and inspire children at school and at home. We also make the multiaward winning app 2Build a Profile which provides an effortless way to gather observations and is a powerful tool for supporting formative assessment.

Anderson Education

Stand no. 71 Address: Anderson Education,

Langton House, Meopham Green, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0PY, UK Contact: Sue Anderson, Sara Sparling Email:, Web: UK Boarding School specialists - we offer FREE, impartial, advice and guidance on UK Boarding Schools, summer and language programmes; having visited over 350 UK boarding schools we are able to recommend schools that meet the individual needs of each child. Anderson Education have over 25 years’ experience of working with overseas families and international students; specialising in helping families living and working in the Middle East and West Africa. We can help find the best school for gifted children, children with special needs: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s as well as those who require English Language tuition. Our events and directories are extremely successful and popular with schools and families.


B Squared

BHM Chartered Architects

Ively Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 0LX, UK Contact: Samantha Hathway Email: Web:

London, SW13 0RA, UK Contact: John Cahill Email: Web:

B Squared is a market leader in assessment software. We have 20 years’ experience within the assessment sector, and are used in over 3,000 schools across the UK, mainland Europe, Dubai, Australia and New Zealand. Our Connecting Steps V4 software assesses progress across: EYFS, P Scales P1(i) to P8 and all subjects of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2. Our software can be accessed via a web browser and an iPad app, and we offer a fully hosted service on our secure cloud servers. We are currently developing tracking across Key Stages 3 and 4, expanding our portfolio into Secondary education. Other products in development include Evisense, a new multi-language web application which will capture key events in a child’s journey throughout their schooling, storing evidence of a pupil’s progress and achievements via photos, videos and schoolwork. Schools will be able to use Evisense as a stand-alone product or in conjunction with our Connecting Steps software, ensuring the evidence is in place to support progress recorded.

Award-winning BHM are one of the foremost educational specialists in the UK. This expertise is now being tested abroad with projects under discussion from the Arabian Gulf to China. In 2015 we were awarded 1st prize in the competition to design a new hall for St George’s College, Rome. In 2015/16 we have been acting as consulting architects to projects in Rome, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. We have worked for over 100 major schools and colleges at home and abroad.

Stand no. 30 Address: A2 Building, Cody Technology Park,

Anglo Schools (ASIS)/Study in UK Education Council Stand no. 13 Address: Gainsborough House,

2 Sheen Road, Richmond Upon Thames, TW9 1AE, UK Contact: David Boddy, James Harding Email:, Web: SI-UK Education Council (SI-UK) & Anglo Schools International Services (ASIS) have formed a new partnership to recruit international students and pupils into UK universities and British Boarding Schools. Last year SI-UK assisted with over 18,000 applications for UK universities from students in Japan, India, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria and Turkey, along with several hundred applications for places in British schools. COBIS Members will be offered a FREE UCAS Counselling Service to assist their international students in gaining entry into British universities. Our counsellors work alongside schools’ sixth form tutors and the school always maintains transparency of each application. Counselling can be in the student’s own language, if required. Our aim is to lighten the burden on your hard-pressed staff. There is NO CHARGE to either students or the schools.

Anthony Millard Consulting

Stand no. 45 Address: 25 Southampton Buildings,

Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1AL, UK Contact: Nigel Archdale Email: Web: Anthony Millard Consulting is a leading independent search recruitment consultancy, specializing in senior leadership appointments in education, as well as providing strategic advice to schools, businesses and other organizations worldwide. Senior Appointments: AMC has recruited Directors, Principals, Heads, Bursars, Governors as well as other leadership posts for schools in the UK and throughout the world, many of them COBIS members. We are highly experienced in helping schools at every stage of the recruitment process, drawing on our extensive database and networks. Bespoke Consultancy: We are expert in strategic planning, not knowing all the answers but in knowing which questions must be asked and in what order! We advise on governance, strategy reviews, market positioning, mergers and acquisitions, and the establishment of new schools. We can also advise on the review and updating of policies and procedures, provide leadership coaching and mentoring and advise on marketing and development. Our associates can also help prepare for inspection. AMC Families: We provide bespoke advice on school choice and university admissions; facilitate private tutoring; and guide arrangements for guardianship.

Baker Books – International School Book Club

Stand no. 28 Address: 11 Manfield Park, Cranleigh,

Surrey, GU6 8NU, UK Contact: Philip Baker Email: Web:

Baker Books are experts in selecting the best of British books for children. There are three issues during the school year each with over 400 books, displayed in colourful catalogues and online, suitable for ages 3 to 16. The book club enables parents to order books through the school which earns free books for the school. The company has over 35 years’ experience supplying schools throughout the world. The online ordering system ensures that the administration is kept to a minimum and the company works closely with member schools to ensure that orders are fulfilled accurately and promptly.

Stand no. 55 Address: 1 White Hart Lane, Barnes,

We design every type of building for education including Classrooms, Science Laboratories, Theatres, Music Schools, Boarding Houses, Dining Halls, Sports Halls and Swimming Pools. In particular, BHM have designed and procured 5 entirely new schools, including Dulwich College, Shanghai, China and the Thomas Telford School – consistently the highest achieving UK comprehensive school. Experts in school curriculum and brief writing, we are always happy to assist in outline discussions on the early stages of any project.

Blue Max Banner Limited (BMB)

Stand no. 41 Address: Blue Maz Banner Ltd, Kennet Way,

Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8BL, UK Contact: Howard Wilder, Head of Retail Partnership Email: Web: BMB is the UK’s leading independent suppliers of Schoolwear and Sportswear. Based in Trowbridge Wiltshire, BMB works with many retail partners who deliver a first class school uniform and sportswear retail solution all over the world, and is renowned for its high level of service and product quality. The BMB range is truly comprehensive, offering its retail partners and schools a full “one stop shop”, providing Schoolwear that is innovative and tailored to the particular needs of the individual school. Established brands offered include Beau Brummel and Banner, both having an excellent reputation for quality in Schoolwear tailoring and Orion Performance Sportswear products. Schoolwear from BMB includes, blazers, jackets, suiting, trousers, skirts, pinafores, shirts and blouses, sweatshirts, knitwear, polo shirts and outerwear, as well as performance Sportswear ranges. BMB offer a full stock supported range of garments (available 52 weeks of the year) as well as offering an extensive bespoke garment personalising service across all styles, types and sizes, and includes in-house embroidery and other embellishments and a free CAD design service.


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BlueSky Education

BrainPOP UK Ltd

Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

69-71 Burpham Lane, Guilford, Surrey, GU4 7NB, UK Contact: Darren Bunyan Email: Web:

Oxford, OX1 1ST, UK Contact: Robert Richardson Email: Web:

King George V Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5AW, UK Contact Name: Mark Bignell Email: Website:

Stand no. 115 Address: Howard Buildings,

The total solution to manage staff development, professional learning and school quality assurance.Endorsed by leading organisations and trusted by over 1200 schools worldwide. BlueSky is the international, market leading school software. This is what our schools have to say: ‘At Garden International School we are constantly looking at ways to further develop the quality of teaching and learning. The following quote (by McKinsey, 2007) “The quality of learning can only be as good as the quality of the teachers” highlights the underpinning rationale that drove us to acquire BlueSky 2 years ago. During our second year of using BlueSky we have been able to acquire: • • • • •

Increased level of challenge when setting and reviewing Professional Learning Targets. Greater opportunities for critical reflection and evaluation. Increased collaboration through Professional Learning Communities and Focus Groups. Enhanced teacher autonomy through the personalisation of Professional Learning Opportunities. Greater reflective focus on level of impact.’

Jose Diez, Director of Professional Learning, Deputy Head (Whole School), Garden International School.

Boardworks Ltd

Stand no. 25 Address: Saxon Beck, 58 St. Aldates,

BrainPOP® creates animated, educational content that captivates students, supports teachers, and adds excitement to lessons. We provide access to 700+ cross curricular and cross phase topics, containing 10,000+ hours of digital teaching material. In classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP explains the world through animated videos, educational games, interactive quizzes, informational texts, and online activities. Our popular digital teaching resources provide a safe way for children to study new topics and illustrate complex curriculum concepts in Science; English; Maths; Humanities; PSHE; Design & Technology; and The Arts.


Stand no. 2 Address: 2 Angel Square, EC1V 1NY, UK Contact Name: Hayley Elias Email: Website: University options are increasing each year, meaning careers guidance must adapt. BridgeU’s award-winning university preparation platform provides intelligent support for schools, while fully catering to this generation of globally-minded students. “BridgeU has revolutionised our support infrastructure. By having a centralised platform of excellent resources, BridgeU streamlines the otherwise daunting process.” - Alex Hills, Harrow

Stand no. 4 Address: Units 5–7 The Gallery, 54

Browns Books for Students

Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1LF, UK Contact: Stuart Alway Email: Web:


Boardworks provides a range of exciting interactive teaching resources, incorporating both online and offline solutions for the 21st-century learning environment. All our resources are ideal for teaching the international curriculum – including the Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme, the Edexcel and Cambridge IGCSE specifications and the International Baccalaureate. We offer comprehensive resources for all the departments in your school, which are packed with activities, games and animations to motivate and inspire your students. Used in 85% of UK secondary schools and over 60 different countries, Boardworks has already made an impact in British international schools worldwide. Boardworks can create the ideal package for your classroom teaching, revision and homework requirements. Our resources are ready-prepared, meaning that they are an invaluable time-saving tool for teachers, while being flexible and editable, so that they can be adapted to suit the needs of individual students or classes.


Stand no. 114 Address: 22-28 George Street, Hull, Contact Name: Frances Murphy Email: Website:

Browns Books for Students, the leading schools and college book supplier both in the UK and internationally provide access to over 10 million titles, (800,000 stocked titles), 510,000 eBooks and over 100,000 DVDs. High discounts and competitive delivery are only part of a first class service. We tailor our service to your needs so that Business Managers, Teachers and Librarians source books, eBooks and audio visual products whilst saving time and money across the whole school. Browns Books for Students eBook platform VLeBooks offers students and teachers quick and easy access to texts they need and love anywhere, anytime. Integrated eBook ordering with our website makes managing your e-library very simple. Come and meet us at the 35th COBIS Annual Conference 2016, stand #114. For further news, promotions and offers please visit our website

Stand no. 3 Address: King George V House,

The Buckinghamshire Learning Trust supports some of the best schools in the UK and worldwide who achieve outstanding results and uphold educational excellence. We can support your school in the same way and act as a critical friend across all aspects of school life. From working with British International Schools we know that a common concern is isolation, and limited support. We are already working with a number of schools worldwide, acting as their school improvement provider, offering cost effective, quality assured support to meet their improvement need. This can vary from a single day’s consultancy to long-term support packages.

Cambridge House SEN Resources Stand no. 50 Address: Manor Farm,

Powder Mill Lane, Leigh, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9AS, UK Contact Name: Bruce Williams Email: Website: Cambridge House has been in business for more than 20 years and is the first point of contact for many SEN specialists looking for high quality resources across the broad spectrum of special needs including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s, autism and ADHD. We are also a great source for parents looking for books and games to help them and their children to understand and thrive. Our broad range of resources focusses on supporting your work in literacy, numeracy, language and study skills. Our resources are selected on the basis of first-hand experience and while we aim to be your one stop shop we are also protective of our reputation for supplying resources that work. We have been supplying schools internationally for many years, including many COBIS members but are exhibiting at the COBIS Annual Conference for the first time to bring our resources to a wider audience. So, if you want resources that have been selected by SEN specialists for SEN specialists, Cambridge House is where you want to go.

Cambridge International Examinations

Stand no. 101 Address: 1 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EU, UK Contact: Nick Mazur, Senior Schools Development Manager, Europe Email: Web: Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge. Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential.

Cambridge University Press Stand no. 32 Address: Shaftesbury Road,

Cambridge, CB2 8BS, UK Contact Name: Leonore Sears Email: Website: Cambridge University Press unlocks people’s potential with the best learning and research solutions. The Education Group delivers educational resources and professional services for teachers and students that are used in 160 countries worldwide. All materials developed in our publishing centres in Africa, Australia, India and the UK are designed to inspire, transform and enable teaching and learning. We are a not-for-profit organisation and follow the core values of the University of Cambridge, ensuring all of our publishing reflects the Cambridge standards around encouraging and supporting critical thinking, thinking skills, problem-solving and creativity.

Capita SIMS International Stand no. 46 Address: 5 Mercian Close,

Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1LT, UK Contact Name: Jo Davies Email: Website: SIMS International supports schools in managing student and staff information across all areas of school life including registration, finance and payroll, timetabling, progress tracking and assessment, and whole-school communication. The depth and breadth of our product enables schools to drive academic excellence whilst running an efficient business. SIMS International supports a range of curriculum programmes including the iGCSE and International Baccalaureate programmes. Schools also benefit from accessing real-time information to staff, students and parents with the ability to enter data once, and use it many times across the whole school, allowing them to replace manual administration tasks with automatic, efficient processes.


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CHQ Group Ltd

Stockton Road, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3UZ, UK Contact Name: Jamie Scott Email: Website:

Buckinghamshire, HP9 2NZ, UK Contact Name: Paul Elsom Email: Website:

Stand no. 68 Address: Rowan House, Mountjoy Centre,

Part of Durham University, the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) is a not-for-profit educational research group committed to the improvement of teaching and learning for children and young people across the world. CEM develops and delivers researchbased and evidence-driven assessments, which have been used by educational professionals for over 30 years in over 70 countries. CEM are a Department for Education accredited supplier for Reception Baseline assessments. Our early years and primary assessments combine teacher observation with an objective assessment and quickly identifies what young children already know and can do in key areas of development, in order to inform personalised learning activity. End of year assessments or assessments in subsequent years measure the progress made. Our advanced computer-adaptive assessments are used to measure the potential of 1 million children and young people (ages 3-19) to support the improvement of educational outcomes.

CES Holdings

Stand no. 89 Address: Shepley Estate (South), Audenshaw,

Manchester, M34 5EX, UK Contact Name: Stuart Thorne Email: Website:

CES is the largest consolidator of educational resources for international schools. We currently work with schools in over 125 countries worldwide. Operating from modern facilities in Manchester (UK) and Baltimore (US) we supply books, equipment and furniture from all major educational suppliers and publishers based in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. Our unique system of export documentation and packaging with online tracking of orders via our website puts you in total control throughout the purchasing process.

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Stand no. 54 Address: 2b Penn Road, Beaconsfield,

At CHQ, we understand the challenges involved in organising extracurricular programmes, including the termly activity sign-ups, and have developed our activities management software to simplify the whole process for both school and parents. Our software includes: • • • • • • • •

An online management system for all extra-curricular activities, as well as transport, after-school care, school trips and holiday clubs Online activity sign-up for pupils and parents A range of system managed activity allocation methods including random by preference, first-come, first-served and allocated by teachers - while also handling payments and waiting lists Pre-populated, online activity registers for teachers - with a mobile app for outside the classroom Easy communication with activity participants or parents via e-mail or SMS Improved safeguarding - identify ‘Who is Where’ during extra-curricular periods Create reports to analyse participation - simply export data to Excel spreadsheets for further analysis or charting An interface to iSAMS, SIMS and other leading MIS systems so all pupil, teacher and registration data are brought across automatically

CJM Software Ltd

Stand no. 63 Address: Unit 700, Ashville Business Park,

Staverton Glos, GL2 9QJ, UK Contact Name: Chris Boulton Email: Website:

CJM develops award winning management solutions for schools covering all the key admin and teacher needs. School Manager™ was designed in conjunction with Leading Independent Schools as a fully customisable MIS providing a bespoke solution for each individual school’s requirements. Covering all major aspects of school management, this is the only fully customisable and open source solution specifically designed to provide a solution tailored to your schools’ exact requirements. Tiger Timetable is the most adaptable timetable solution in the UK providing the ultimate in flexibility when developing timetables for even the most complex of requirements. All rotations, tutor groups, subject groups and Peri music can be accommodated and displayed on an individual, class and group basis. TT is also fully integrated with all our MIS. Music School Manager provides a complete solution to the all the needs of a busy music department from pupil management, teacher management, timetabling, exam management, tracking of ensembles and events to billing, stock management and invoicing.

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Collexi Ltd

Consilium Education

Council of International Schools (CIS)

Discover the World Education

House, Stafford Drive, Shrewsbury, SY1 3FE, UK Name: Gary Jennings Email: Web:

Institute of Technology, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Contact: Andy Homden Email: Website:

the Netherlands Contact: Jane Larsson, Executive Director Email: Web:

Banstead, Surrey, SM7 2AR, UK Contact: Helen Marks Email: Web:

The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a global membership community working collaboratively to shape international education through professional services to schools, higher education institutions, and individuals. Our members share these ideals: • a desire to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to pursue their lives as global citizens; and • a commitment to high quality international education.

We have specialised in geography, science and adventure tours since 1983. We’re firmly established as one of the UK’s leading educational tour operators and the world’s leading operator to Iceland. A range of experiences and learning opportunities across 6 continents allow you to inspire and engage your students across the globe. Over half of the UK’s leading schools and universities have travelled with us and 98% of groups who travelled with us in 2013 rated us good or excellent overall. As School Travel Forum members we offer a comprehensive safety management system, plus full financial protection and a no-surcharge guarantee.

Stand no. 48, 49 Address: Collexi Ltd, Phoenix

Collexi is unique in being a single, comprehensive source of carefully chosen, optimally priced, products and services for international educational organisations and libraries. Our highly specialised teams are experts in fields including Science, Sports, Libraries, Learning Resource Centres and Design and Technology, through our group companies including Timstar, Demco, Gresswell, Maudesport and Technology Supplies. Together, our teams of specialists provide international educational institutions with a range of products and services that span design and planning, installation and maintenance, equipment and resources, training and support. This means we offer everything from high quality equipment and expert advice on creating brand new facilities through to staff support and on-going supply of educational resources. Every day, thousands of schools, colleges, libraries and universities around the world use Collexi’s products and services to deliver a high-quality, inspiring and safe educational experience to their learners. The Collexi brands have been committed to delivering ‘lifelong learning’ for more than 100 years. Collexi has been created to ensure we can keep that promise for generations to come. Collexi: Expert – Comprehensive – Seamless.

Compass Education Consultancy Stand no. 29 Address: London, UK Contact Name: Tom Arnold Email:

or Website: Compass specialises in the recruitment of teachers for British and IB international schools worldwide. We are a team of former teachers and head teachers with international experience and offer a consultative experience to international schools. We have consultants based in the UK, Switzerland and South Korea from where we can manage existing clients in different regions and make visits to international schools. Our database comprises mainly British qualified teachers many of whom have international experience. We have successfully recruited for a number of COBIS member schools and welcome you to try our service.


Stand no. 5 Address: CoLab, Letterkenny

In partnership with Qubizm

Address: Suite 1.5, The Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry, N. Ireland, BT48 7TG Contact: Franz Schlindwein Email: Website: Consilium Education offers consulting and advisory services to schools, educational investors, and other organisations involved with international education. Our team of eleven consultants have been at the forefront of developments in international education over the last twenty five years and has expertise in both International Baccalaureate and British international programmes. We specialise in strategic planning, start-up and refurbishment projects, feasibility studies and salary benchmarking reports. Working as “critical friends” we also facilitate school self-evaluation in preparation for inspection or accreditation visits. Consilium Education offers a suite of Continuing Professional Development programmes for teachers, publishes International Teacher Magazine and works in partnership with Qubizm (UK), to distribute Izak9. This immersive, multi-media rich resource, which addresses all areas of the maths curriculum at Key Stages 2 and 3, enables students of a wide range of ability to develop confidence in both numeracy and oral fluency as they explain how they have solved mathematical problems using the equipment.


Stand no. 42 Address: The Chocolate Factory,

Siddals Road, Derby, DE1 2QD, UK Contact Name: Moira Planche Email: Website: Cosy is a young, innovative resource supplier, supporting practitioners and teachers in encouraging children to learn whilst experiencing the outdoors. 5 years old this summer we are celebrating by joining COBIS and we hope to get to know each other better during the conference. We source directly from craft and artisan designers, producing affordable natural and reusable classroom and outdoor resources. We are proud to showcase a variety of over 500 NEW resources in 2016, including an extensive range of playhouses and stores to extend your learning spaces, ‘wonderful wicker’ for indoor and outdoor experiences and a diverse range of curriculum support for all key areas of the EYFS. Please come and see Moira and Nicola on Stand 42

Stand no. 36 Address: Schipholweg 113, 2316XC Leiden,

To achieve this goal, our members must infuse their programmes and offerings with international and intercultural perspective so that students can move forward with the attitudes and understanding that will provide them with a solid base wherever their studies or work may take them. Primary and secondary school members must further commit to undertaking an ongoing external quality assurance process to enhance student learning. The CIS community includes more than 660 schools and 475 colleges and universities representing 109 countries.

Dawsons Music Ltd

Stand no. 73 Address: 65 Sankey Street,

Warrington, WA1 1SU, UK Contact: William Thompson Email: Web: For over 100 years, Dawsons Music has been the UK’s leading specialist music instrument supplier to schools and colleges. We have unrivalled experience in the development of music ICT facilities in schools around the world. Whether based around PCs, Apple computers or tablets, we can help you find the best solution to provide a relevant music curriculum through the use of ICT. We can help with the design and installation of facilities including Recording Studios, Radio Stations and Multi Media Performance Areas, ensuring your school gets what you need, on time and in budget. As one of the largest music retailers in the UK, we can offer excellent discounted prices on all music brands to international schools.

Stand no. 59 Address: Arctic House, 8 Bolters Lane,

Discovery Education

Stand no. 93 Address: Hythe House, 200 Shepherd’s Bush Road, London, W6 7NL, UK Contact Name: Alessandro Cattani Email: Web: Discovery Education is passionate about and committed to enhancing the way teachers teach and students learn; adding relevance to the school curriculum, and helping teachers and students to reach their potential. We offer a range of services to support the needs of COBIS schools, students and teachers. Our digital media content is immersive, engaging and brings the world into the classroom. Our professional development courses support teachers’ use of digital resources to ensure effective implementation in the classroom, while the Discovery Education Community is a global network of teachers and educators that connects members around the world.

Double First

Stand no. 43 Address: Units 3 & 4 Vo-Tec Centre,

Hambridge Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5TN, UK Contact Name: Carl Nixon Email: Web: Since 1987 Double First has been at the forefront of developing and supporting software dedicated to the needs of independent and international schools. Double First’s flagship management information system, Engage, is continually improved to match the changing requirements of schools. In addition to fully featured modules covering all key academic, administrative and financial requirements, it offers fast-access online portals for Teachers, Parents and Pupils. If you are looking to implement a management information system or wish to benchmark your current arrangements please contact us for a no obligation consultation.


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Dyslexia Matters

Stand no. 109 Address: Black Horse Cottage, Southill

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Stand no. 85 Address: 8/9 Saddlers Court,

Road, Broom, Beds, SG18 9LA, UK Contact Name: Ann Clarke Email: Website:

Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7GH, UK Contact Name: Jamie Southerington Email: Website:

Are you looking for a whole school community solution to supporting your learners with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia?

Trusted and used in over 15,500 schools, EducationCity is a leading teaching, learning and assessment resource. Ideal for children aged 3-12 years, EducationCity’s engaging and interactive activities cover English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, French, Spanish and English as an additional language. The resources can be used anytime, anywhere on various devices for whole class instruction and independent learning both in school and at home. EducationCity’s educational content is mapped to British curricula, and can also be correlated to international curricula such as the Cambridge Primary Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (Primary Years Programme) and the International Primary Curriculum. As well as engaging students in their learning, EducationCity has a number of features designed to help teachers save time in the key areas of planning, marking and assessment.

Dyslexia Matters provides online training internationally: • Develop your staff members’ and parents’ knowledge of Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia with our interactive, multi-sensory and practical training • Enrol a member of staff to become a Specialist Teacher with an OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties. Support the whole school in becoming a centre of excellence for specialist provision. This course is suitable for teachers and HLTAs. At Dyslexia Matters we help people with Specific Learning Difficulties and those who work with them.


Stand no. 47 Address: Kensington Centre, 66

Hammersmith Road, London, W14 6UD, UK Email: Web:

After working with schools on their appraisal and performance management for over 18 years, Educate developed ‘Standards Tracker’. Standards Tracker is an online school staff performance management system, which ensures that staff are supported in their professional development and held accountable for their performance. Standards Tracker is for all school staff. All TAs, LSAs, HLTAs, the caretaker and the School Business Manager can have their individual standards uploaded to the system. With Standards Tracker it becomes easy to: • • • •

Identify strengths and areas for development at a glance Automatically link performance to Standards Report to Ofsted and Governors about staff performance Store everything in the same place at the same time – reducing paperwork and administration

We also offer extensive project support – we work with you to understand your exact requirements from the system and make sure it is set up to meet your needs. We can provide training for all staff and are here to assist you on an ongoing basis. For a free demonstration of Standards Tracker, please e-mail, call 020 3411 1080 or visit


Education Development Trust

Stand no. 99 Address: Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke

Street, Reading, RG1 4RU, UK Contact Name: Hamza Ahmed Email: Website: Education Development Trust is one of the world’s leading not-for-profit education companies providing a range of educational services both in the UK and internationally. It has an annual turnover estimated at about US 200million and over 2500 staff worldwide, managing large government contracts and providing education services to both individual schools and a range of government and international organisations. This depth of educational understanding makes the Education Development Trust a uniquely qualified organisation, able to provide educational expertise and support for international schools. Educational Development Trust’s commitment is to education which enables individuals, institutions and communities to achieve their maximum potential.


Empowerment Education

County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ, UK Contact Name: Danielle Whiting Email: Website:

Audlett Dr, Abingdon, OX14 3NJ, UK Contact Name: Theresa Quinn Email: Website:

Stand no. 70 Address: Room 4.02, Sessions House,

Discover the advantage of EduKent; the single source for all your education support needs, delivering improvements across the board through over 30 different services. We’re part of Kent County Council but deliver across the UK and Worldwide to Schools, Academies and other Authorities - we understand your requirements and offer a great cultural fit. EduKent represents the broadest range of educational support services available in one place. All of them have a strong track record of success in their field and represent outstanding value for money. Contact us to discuss how we can help. We’re confident that a conversation with us will result in better outcomes for young people and time and money saved for you.


Stand no. 18 Address: Suite 206 Business Design

Centre, London, UK N1 0QH, UK Contact Name: Diane Jacoutot Email: Web:

Edvectus provides bespoke recruitment solutions to international schools. Our unique Learning Portal offers our candidates over 500 online resources including lesson plans, cultural guides, cost of living information, regional videos and more so that Edvectus teachers arrive prepared to quickly flourish at your school. Edvectus is a new company staffed by a team of dedicated consultants who are mostly ex-international teachers who possess more than 50 years of combined experience recruiting teachers to work internationally. Our experience allows us to provide proactive expert guidance to our clients. Edvectus has offices around the world including Dubai, New Zealand, UK and North America so that we are at once close to our clients and our candidates giving us a worldwide reach with a local touch. Our systems are developed to recruit simultaneously around the world and for child protection, internationally.

Stand no. 74 Address: Unit A3, Barton Mill,

Empowerment Education offers new and exciting programmes that will enable all the children in your school to engage more fully in their learning by promoting their emotional resilience, social wellbeing and physical intelligence. To help you facilitate this we provide in-house staff training, curriculum and resources. Our 3 programmes are: • • •

Junior Empowerment Teaching J.E.T (2-6 years) The Empowerment Programme (KS1 and KS2) Personal Safety Awareness (7 to adult)

All programmes are currently being run successfully in independent and state schools as well as private day nurseries. Building emotional resilience is key to enable children to realise their own potential for success in life; a belief embedded in our teaching philosophy. Providing emotional resilience coaching has been demonstrated to help prevent youth mental health problems, currently at the forefront of media and educational debate and policy. Our in-house staff training provides an exciting, new approach to teach emotional resilience to young children, helping to engage, motivate and inspire them in their learning. We are a company dedicated to the empowerment of others.

Stand no. 107 Address: Chapel Lane, East Kirkby,

Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 4BZ, UK Contact Name: Stuart Rickard +44 (0) 7778 220309 Email: Web: As a resources purchasing service, EquipMySchool will administrate every aspect of your overseas purchases turning the task from a minefield into a doddle. Harness the financial power of consolidation and take advantage of our experience to ensure your school receives its classroom resources on time... every time.

Eric Parry Architects

Stand no. 12 Address: 28-42 Banner Street, London, EC1Y 8QE, UK Contact Name: Yasmin Shariff Email: Web: Eric Parry Architects is an established and award-winning practice. The challenges and opportunities of the 21st century demand creativity and ingenuity to succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. Progressive schools are expanding, upgrading or building new boarding houses and facilities for the creative arts especially music, dance and performance. We work collaboratively with the schools to determine the most effective way to reduce running costs and enhance learning. We have designed specialist facilities for leading independent schools including Wells Cathedral School, Bedford School, Brighton College and Kings College Wimbledon.


Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference 2016

Eteach International

Fieldwork Education

Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SY, UK Contact: Cameron Brown Email: Web:

London, EC4N 7BP, UK Contact Name: Sandra Jones Email: Website:

Eteach International is one of the world’s leading recruitment solutions providers, incorporating best value advertising, education recruitment experts and innovative technology to deliver outstanding candidate results. Whether you need support advertising a single vacancy, placing teachers in difficult to fill STEM and leadership roles, or want help with managing your employer brand or planning your proactive recruitment strategy, we are here to help. We will provide you with a solution matched to the needs of your school or group as well as the needs of each individual vacancy; finding the right solution from our proven products and services to deliver the best candidates quickly, easily and cost effectively. Alongside our dedicated award-winning job board, Eteach International, our dedicated recruiters specialise in all teaching and leadership roles. We ensure that we help our candidates find their perfect role while effectively matching the school or groups requirements.

Fieldwork Education has been improving learning in schools for more than 30 years through our curriculum solutions and leadership development programmes.

Stand no. 22 Address: Norwich House, Knoll

international The global newspaper for children First News International covers the most pressing current affairs, presenting the news in an engaging and exciting way for children and young adults. Term-time weekly newspapers are accompanied by the iHub, our interactive digital resource platform. Celebrating 10 successful years in the UK, with 10,000 subscribing schools using First News in the classroom each week. Key tool for developing critical thinking and incorporating SMSC Proven to improve literacy and language skills Available in both print and digital formats

Find out how you can use First News International in your school by visiting us at STAND 33 Hear from our Founder and Editior-in-Chief, Nicky Cox MBE on the News Panel session - Monday 12pm enquiries@firstnewsinternational FirstNews_Int First News International

Eye for Business: Video & Training

Stand no. 1 Address: EPIC Studios, 112-114 Magdalen

Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD, UK Contact Name: Charlie Gauvain Email: Web:

Eye for Business are a film & video production company based in Norwich, but operating worldwide. As part of Eye Film and TV, we have been around for over 40 years producing everything from films to TV documentaries and adverts, to promotional films and videos. This has resulted in our broad portfolio of work, including our work with schools. As well as working with schools to produce their marketing films, we feel we are a bit different in that we also train staff and pupils to produce their own high quality, ongoing video content. Would you like to capture school performances, sports or special events? During our training, delegates will create their own film and will be left equipped with the confidence and knowledge to produce ongoing content, perhaps for your school website? We are also happy to advise you on buying the right equipment for your school and on making your video content a key part of your digital marketing strategy. Please contact us to see how we can help you.


Stand no. 40 Address: 18 King William Street,

Our International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is the leading primary curriculum in the world for developing international mindedness. It focuses on developing knowledge, skills and understanding of subjects set within cross-curricular, thematic units of work that are creative and challenging. Our International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) provides an enriching, rigorous learning experience for 11-14 year olds that responds to the critical needs of the adolescent brain. It’s practical for schools to deliver, and inspiring and relevant for students, preparing them well for the next stage in their learning. We’re delighted to introduce our NEW International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) a research-based curriculum recognising global best practice in early childhood education and the developmental needs of 2-5 year olds. It supports key areas of learning through holistic enquiry and play-based approaches that cover all curriculum areas including personal, social and emotional development. Our growing learning community includes schools in more than 90 countries around the world.

Finalsite: Web Solutions for Schools

Stand no. 100 Address: Glastonbury, CT USA Contact Name: Max Eisl Email:   Website:

Website technology changes quickly and Finalsite is on top of those changes. With 15+ years’ experience in over 70 countries, our robust website software, award-winning designs, time-saving integrations and expert consulting services provide schools with a complete platform for telling their story online. If you’re looking to increase enrollment, recruit quality staff, better engage your community, improve your rankings in search, then stop by our booth to learn about all the new changes at Finalsite. Finalsite currently partners with COBIS, and many British schools around the world including Dulwich College International, The British International School of Stavanger, The British School in the Netherlands and many other great intuitions. We also partner with companies including WCBS and ManageBac to provide robust solutions to meet the learning and communication needs of schools. We’d love to show you what we are all about!


Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference 2016

Findel Education Ltd

Follett International

Future Foundations Training Ltd

GL Education

Business Park, Nottingham, NG4 2SG, UK Contact Name: Ian Reading Email: Website:

McHenry, IL 60050, USA Contact Name: Anna Garcia-Cosio Email: Website:

London, SW11 5TG, UK Contact Name: Jonathan Harper Email: Web:

Follett provides educationally relevant content, integrated educational technology solutions, and value-added services to over 65,000 PreK-12 schools and districts in the United States and around the world. We focus on earning our customers’ trust every day and helping you impact over 35,000,000 PreK-12 students every year.

Future Foundations is a UK-based award winning training organisation committed to inspiring young people to achieve their full potential and become leaders in their lives so they can contribute their skills, talents and passion to society. Our youth training programmes focus on developing social leaders by nurturing young people’s future world of work skills and character. We deliver training for individual schools, students and teachers. We also work closely with government, private sector and third sector organisations to deliver a range of youth leadership programmes. We can deliver training either onsite at schools or students and teachers can apply to attend our global leadership conferences. Please visit our website for our latest events and programmes.

Road, Chiswick, London, W4 4AL, UK Contact Name: Andrew Sleath Email: Web: GL Education is a leading provider of integrated assessments, stakeholder surveys, and professional development services. Our resources and services are used by schools in over 100 countries worldwide, providing teachers with the tools they require to help raise standards in children’s education. Our tests assess children’s progress in literacy, ability and numeracy, and identify a range of special educational needs. Today, we lead literacy, numeracy and ability testing in UK schools and have delivered 7 million online tests to children in the UK and abroad. Visit our website for more information and case studies about how our resources are used in international schools.

Gabbitas Education

Global Investors Group

Stand no. 90 Address: Pintail Close, Victoria

Our International Division has considerable experience and expertise in exporting to more than 130 countries. Overseas customers benefit from an extensive network of distributors, backed by an experienced International Sales Team and UK based Customer Contact Centre. We focus solely on education and are continuously developing our range of products and services to inspire tomorrow’s generation. Our comprehensive International service covers all aspects including a quotation service, product suitability advice or recommendation, consolidation guidance and of course appropriate shipment or transportation assistance. We can prepare and despatch orders to meet your specific requirements - packed by teacher, reference or class number. Through some of the best known brands in global education, Hope, Davies Sports, Learning Development Aids, Philip Harris, Findel Education is able to supply high quality and innovative educational equipment covering all areas of the curriculum.

Firefly Learning LLP

Stand no. 15 Address: 1 Lyric Square, London,

W6 0NB, UK

Contact Name: Moray Souter Email: Website: Originally conceived by two pupils at St Paul’s School in London, Firefly’s learning platform, intranet and VLE is now trusted by hundreds of the leading schools in the UK and around the world, including St Paul’s School, Brazil, The British International School, Cairo, Marlborough College, Malaysia and Eton College. Firefly makes it simple for teachers, students and parents to connect, share and learn. It’s easy to use, works across all platforms including mobiles and tablets and is seamlessly integrated with your MIS and other school systems. Please get in touch to arrange a free trial of Firefly and our Student Planner and Teacher Planner mobile and tablet apps.

First News International

Stand no. 33 Address: 1st Floor, 58 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0AS, UK Contact Name: Ross Mackenzie Email: Website: The global newspaper for children aged 7-14, First News International delivers weekly global current affairs in an engaging and interactive way for children of the world. Fueling conversation and debate, shaping citizenship and developing leadership skills. First News is firmly established in the UK, celebrating 10 successful years. With over 10,000 UK schools on board, First News International is now travelling to international schools. Weekly term-time newspapers are accompanied by the iHub, an interactive digital resource platform, designed by teachers for teachers, used in the classroom and at home. First News International will improve literacy and language skills and increase reading for enjoyment.


Stand no. 24 Address: 1340 Ridgeview Drive,

Frog Education

Stand no. 82 Address: D Mill, Dean Clough,

Halifax, HX3 5AX, UK Contact Name: Rachel Rogers Email: Website: Frog is a powerful and fully integrated learning platform, progress tracking and assessment system. When it comes to technology in education, we know what works - we never offer a ‘one size fits all’ solution because everyone is different and we work with you to achieve your goals. Education is at the heart of everything we do. We take the stress out of teaching - providing teachers with the tools they need to enable effective teaching and learning in the classroom. For nearly 15 years we’ve helped hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers worldwide. In total we have over 12 million users from Halifax to Sydney. There is a science to art and an art to teaching. When schools capture both, supported by world-class technology, the results are magical.

Furlong Business Solutions Ltd Stand no. 110 Address: Eagle House, Joule Road,

West Portway, Andover, SP10 3UX, UK Contact Name: Graham Hall Email: Web: YOUR tailored student database, your way of working, your naming convention and, if you wish, native language. Benefit from a totally online tailored solution. Information is automatically sized to fit your phone, tablet, laptop or Mac. Portals for staff, parents and students provide a two-way communication to build the relationship you have with your families. Support staff in Bangkok, Cyprus, Turkey and England assist our schools on 4 continents over different time zones. One seamless solution covers Admissions and Marketing, full administrative and academic needs, student development (behavioural and progress tracking), full peripatetic and extracurricular activity management, financial management, fundraising and donor management, alumni and many more ancillary modules. Furlong’s ethos, since inception in 2003, is to provide high quality support and service. Thus NO purchase price just an annually renewable agreement. Nothing extra to pay for upgrades and extra facilities as everything is included as part of our quality service. Have a great COBIS conference this year.

Stand no. 7 Address: Shakespeare House, 168 Lavender Hill,

Stand no. 35 Address: Gabbitas Educational

Stand no. 9 &10 Address: 9th Floor, 389 Chiswick High

Stand no. 86 Address: Suite 15, 1st Floor Oliaji

Consultants Ltd, Norfolk House, 30 Charles II Street, London, SW1Y 4AE, UK Contact Name: Nina Hardy, Director of Recruitment Email: Web:

Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles Contact Name: James Ricardo Email: Web:

Established in 1873, Gabbitas has generations of experience within the independent education sector. We pride ourselves in combining a respected tradition of excellence as one of the leading providers of advice, guidance and consultancy with offering personal, tailormade services, delivered by expert, professional staff.

Global Investors Group specialise in providing Professional & Independent Financial Advice for international teachers. Our financial advisors are dedicated to providing you with quality financial services, tailored to your individual financial needs. Each year we travel to international schools worldwide to meet with educators individually. Our objective is to take away the stresses and strains of modern day financial planning, allowing you more time to concentrate on your own priorities. Through a friendly and informal consultation we aim to help you achieve a comprehensive financial plan, unique to you. Contact us today to start planning for a better future!

Gabbitas has been offering services within independent education for over 135 years. We are well known in teacher recruitment and are prominent in the international market. Our recommended approach in recruitment can range from advertised selection and search to suggesting a hybrid approach which harnesses a combination of methodologies. Gabbitas offers advice and consultancy to parents, schools and teachers on all aspects of independent education. Our recruitment team offers unrivalled recruitment expertise within the UK and International independent school sectors, illustrating a demonstrable track record of recruiting Heads, Deputy Heads, Department Heads, Business Managers, Bursars, Senior Teachers, Teachers and Support Staff.


Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference 2016

Harlequin Floors


Independent Schools Examinations Board


Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3EF, UK Contact Name: Alice Dagger – Executive Director Email: Web:

74613 Öhringen, Germany Contact Name: Frank Elsner Email: Website:

Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1HP, UK Contact Name: Shona Baker Email: Website:

Avenue, London, EC4Y 0HA, UK Contact Name: Peter Kent Email: Website:

Harlequin Floors provides professional sprung and vinyl dance floors to performing arts centres across the world, whilst also providing floors for entertainment and display purposes. Harlequin Floors’ experience and reputation are founded on the manufacture and supply of floors which are preferred by dancers and performers at the world’s leading venues, which include The Royal Opera House, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Beijing Cultural Centre and Sydney Dance Company. Harlequin Floors is also experienced at supplying and installing sprung and vinyl floors to schools and colleges across the world. Additionally to providing sprung and vinyl dance floors, Harlequin has a wealth of experience in stage-building. Recognised as world leaders in advanced technology flooring for dance and the performing arts, Harlequin Floors is established worldwide with operations in Europe (London, Luxembourg, Berlin, Paris and Madrid), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong and Australia) and the Americas (Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Fort Worth).

HOHENLOHER – Flexible Learning Environments for Tomorrow’s Education

The Independent Schools Examinations Board provides rigorous, high quality examinations and assessments for pupils seeking entry to independent senior schools at 11+ and 13+. The examinations, backed by the leading independent school associations (HMC, GSA and IAPS) include the Common Pre-Tests, Common Entrance and the Common Academic Scholarship examinations. The Board also offers online tests in Mandarin Chinese. The increasingly-popular Common Pre-Tests are online, standardised, auto-marked tests in English, mathematics, verbal and non-verbal reasoning currently used by a number of the UK’s leading senior independent schools for assessing candidates aged 10-12 years. The 13+ Common Entrance examination is strongly supported by many of the top prep and independent senior schools in the UK. Its rigorous syllabuses and breadth of subjects provide a strong academic focus for pupils in Years 7 and 8 and an excellent preparation for GCSEs.

INTCAS is an ecosystem which allows British education institutions to enter a single technology platform to attract and connect with students and parents from across the world using creative recruitment channels. Once connected, INTCAS provides cutting edge technology and support centres to help British education institutions to diligently progress through each stage of the student lifecycle from application, admission, payments and visa in a safe and compliant way managing various immigration, financial and legal risks associated with international student recruitment. INTCAS products and services can be adopted (partially or fully) and integrate with an institutions legacy system to provide a seamless experience whilst also adhering to host government immigration policies. INTCAS allows the global education market consisting of our quality assured agents, retail banks, relocation agencies, wealth managers, immigration advisors and travel management companies to all work in unison to support students, parents and institutions providing an enriched user experience.

Stand no. 37 Address: Festival House, Chapman Way,

Further details on Harlequin’s products and services can be found at

High Performance Learning

Stand no. 84 Address: Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock

Road, Oxford, OX2 6HJ, UK Contact Name: Professor Deborah Eyre Email: Website: High Performance Learning is an organisation for good schools looking to become world class. It focuses on advanced pedagogy as the route to high performing schools and provides a unique framework that helps the school ensure that all students achieve highly. High Performance Learning pedagogy is built around a unique framework of 20 generic characteristics which students need to develop if they are to be high performers in cognitive domains (ACPs) and 10 values, attitudes and attributes (VAAs) that develop the wider learner dispositions needed for cognitive and lifetime success.

Stand no. 95 Address: Brechdarrweg 22,

HOHENLOHER supports institutions worldwide with flexible learning environments, in order to give schools a learning and competitive advantage. HOHENLOHER is the leading solutions supplier for science, technical and regular class rooms. Made in Germany, our broad portfolio of ceiling systems for school labs, science and technical classes meets the highest safety standards and is unique, worldwide.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

Stand no. 56 Address: Trinity Central, 152-160 Pearse St,

Dublin 2, Ireland Contact Name: Karl Brady Email: Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 50 million students in over 150 countries. For more information visit

Howarth of London Ltd

Stand no. 44 Address: 31 Chiltern Street, London,


Contact Name: William Ring Email: Web: Howarth of London are internationally known as makers of the finest oboes, oboes d’amore and English horns. Alongside their role as makers, they are one of the world’s leading suppliers of oboes, bassoons, clarinets and saxophones. Howarth of London offers a special procurement service for musical resources to education departments around the world. They work closely with suppliers and the manufacturers to source instruments and accessories from every instrumental family including electronic and printed materials. Quality of resources is of paramount importance to educational outcomes and orders are carefully assessed to ensure customers’ requirements are met effectively.


Stand no. 118 Address: Endeavour House, Crow Arch Lane,

Inspiring Futures

Stand no. 120 Address: Inspiring Futures Careers Ltd,

The Fountain Building, Howbery Park, Benson Lane, Wallingford, Oxon, OX10 8BA, UK Contact Name: Julia Watson Email: Website: Inspiring Futures specialises in the provision of careers information, advice and guidance and skills development training. Its ambition is to help more young people make properly informed career and higher education decisions and develop key employability skills. In an environment of increased economic and social pressures, Inspiring Futures recognises that young people entering tomorrow’s workforce will have even greater demands placed on them, so engages with students, their parents, schools and businesses to deliver a portfolio of services, all aimed at unlocking the potential of today’s young people. More information can be found at www. Inspiring Futures Careers Limited is part of Group GTI

Stand no. 80 & 81 Address: Hamilton House, 1 Temple

Interactive Schools

Stand no. 103 Address: Studio 5, 86 Easton Street,

Via St Johns Court, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1LT, UK Contact: Simon Noakes Email: Web: Interactive Schools “More than just a school website company”. Interactive Schools do not follow benchmarks. Success can only be delivered through creating new benchmarks and #inspiringschools. We believe that every school is unique, and our #Connected #ContentStrategies can help tell your story. Interactive Schools continue to be a beacon in the implementation of effective marketing strategies, and has been credited with increasing engagement & brand reach of some of the world’s leading British Independent Schools, including: British School in the Netherlands, Alice Smith (Malaysia), NLCS Jeju, Kellett (Hong Kong), English School Kuwait, and many more. We aim to differentiate, by creating bespoke creative experiences. So….what can we do for your school? Responsive School Websites; Parent Mobile Apps; Augment Reality Brochures; Social Media Training; Digital Signage Apps; Digital Marketing Strategy. CONNECT // // blog.interactive // follow us @intSchools


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International Medical Group® (IMG®)

ISC Research

Indianapolis IN 46208, USA Contact Name: Ricardo Urbina Email: Website:

Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7YR, UK Contact Name: Richard Gaskell, Director for International Schools Email: Website:

Stand no. 64 Address: 2960 /North Meridian Street,

International Medical Group® (IMG®) provides comprehensive coverage designed with the flexibility that international schools need to best serve their teachers, school administrators and their families. International Teachers, Educators and Administrators Comprehensive HealthSM (ITEACHSM) provides medical, dental, long-term disability and life insurance benefits. ITEACH meets the U.S. standards for Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) and provides global educators the global coverage they need. Since 1990, IMG has provided global benefits and assistance services to millions of travelers in almost every country. However, IMG provides more than just insurance; we provide the Global Peace of Mind® our members deserve, backed by a team of professionals committed to being there with them 24/7.

iSAMS Independent Ltd

Stand no. 104 Address: 9 Talavera Court, Darnell Way,

Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6RW, UK Contact Name: Lisa Spriggs Email: Website:

We have teamed up with Interactive Schools to offer 1 to 1 Social Media advice and consultancy at the conference. Have you booked in your 10 minute time slot direct with Simon Noakes (CEO & Founder, Interactive Schools)?

Originally created by our two co-founders at Rugby School, iSAMS is the market leading Management Information System (MIS), designed exclusively for Independent schools. Entirely browserbased, the central database and extensive portfolio of integrated modules, online portals and apps offer bespoke management of pupil, parent and staff information – from any location and via any device. To date, over 600 Independent schools across the world use iSAMS every day. We are proud to work with some of the most highly acclaimed schools in the world.

Stand no. 27 Address: Brunel House, Volunteer Way,

ISC Research (part of The International School Consultancy) has been the leading provider of data and market intelligence on the world’s English-medium K-12 international schools market for over 20 years. ISC provides a range of research reports and services to meet the market intelligence needs of schools, school groups, investors, developers, higher education institutions, commercial education suppliers, and professionals involved with international education. These include research reports (including Market Intelligence, Benchmarking and Statistical Reports) and an online licence providing real-time market information, school data, contact options and search facilities. These are all designed to provide detailed data and understanding of the international schools market necessary for new school developments, benchmarking, strategic planning, marketing and more. ISC data and intelligence on the market is frequently referenced by the global media and is used by the leading international school associations and educational organisations. More information is available at


Stand no. 119 Address: Units 6/7 The Brunel Centre,

Cory Way, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, BA13 4QT, UK Contact: Claire Barradell Email: Web:

ISUS Ltd was founded to supply the needs of International Schools abroad, and our garments are worn with pride across the world. Our strategy is very simple, we provide good quality schoolwear and sportswear at affordable prices in a variety of supply options, designed to ensure we meet the needs of your parents and your school, supported by our total commitment to service and quality. Whether you’re looking for a total uniform re-design or simply an improved supply we’re sure that we have the resources and expertise to help. We can create a complete distinctive and exclusive uniform including sportswear which reflects the spirit of your school. The ISUS team can assist with every aspect of a new uniform, from colours and styles to fabrics and embroidery, ensuring all garments complement each other. From first consultation to concept and on to manufacture, we can make everything simple and straightforward.



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Stand no. 21 Address: Edvard Griegs vei 3, 5836 Bergen, Norway Contact Name: Coles Wilkinson Email: Website: itslearning is an award-winning, cloud-based learning platform that helps teachers make education more inspiring and valuable for today’s students. More than 7 million active users worldwide trust itslearning to provide a streamlined, user-friendly learning environment. Our one-stop shop helps to house and manage functions for creating and delivering courses, assessments, standards management, attendance, grades and more. With itslearning, everyone in your school system can work smart, collaborate and communicate – all in one, simple interface that works well on almost any device – from Chromebooks to tablets, and smartphones to laptops. Talk to us about how you can create learning experiences that place students at the heart of learning at the COBIS Annual Conference. Visit our website to read about our success stories.

John Catt Educational Ltd

Stand no. 57 Address: 12 Deben Mill Business Centre, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1BL, UK Contact: Jonathan Barnes Email: Web: Established in 1959, John Catt Educational has become a leading publisher for international education with a reputation based on quality. Our publications for the international education sector include International School magazine, the International Schools Journal, and World Student magazine, which is published in partnership with COBIS. We have published a range of professional development titles, including the Taking It Forward series, and continue to work with leading associations in both the state and private sectors, in the UK and abroad. Meanwhile, our range of comprehensive school directories includes John Catt’s Guide to International Schools and the IB World Schools Yearbook.

Karen Ardley Associates

Stand no. 116 Address: The Old Dyehouse, 27 St

Georges Road, Scholes Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 1UQ, UK Contact: Karen Ardley Email: Web: KAA is a dynamic, creative, leadership and training consultancy that has successfully worked with a wide range of COBIS member schools. We design and deliver professional development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing or supporting learning, worldwide. Our inspirational programmes and consultancy have proven success and organisational impact.


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Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes

Stand no. 96 Address: Eardley House, 182-184 Campden Hill Road,

London, W8 7AS, UK Contact Name: Valetina Nikolic, Centre Director Email: Website:

m2r Education


Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2TF, UK Contact Name: Munir Mamujee Email: Website:

San Francisco, CA 94104, USA Contact Name: Kevin Piersialla, Regional Director | Europe, Middle East & Africa Email: Website:

Stand no. 98 Address: Merchant House, 24 Cheapside,

Lindamood-Bell believes that all children and adults can be taught to read and comprehend to their potential. Some students come to us with previous diagnoses such as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges—and we make a difference for each of them. Some students seek our help to enhance their skills or to just make learning easier—and we do. In order to be a proficient learner, in any subject, it is critical that an individual is able to efficiently process information, either by reading or listening. For 30 years, our intensive, one-to-one, process-based instruction, based on the individual’s learning needs, has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. Our research-validated programmes address the underlying skills necessary for independence and self-correction. Lindamood-Bell continues to conduct and fund independent research on the viability and effectiveness of our instructional programmes. Our efforts include research collaborations with MIT, UAB, and previously with Wake Forest, and Georgetown University.

Established in 2001, m2r Education is a multi award winning UK based firm offering a quality and ethical recruitment service to overseas organisations within the education & training sector. Our clients are viewed as valuable partners and include international schools, FE colleges, HE institutions, independent training centres and corporate organisations. Our aim is to develop long lasting relationships and help them grow by providing the best talent possible via an excellent customer experience. Our candidates are treated with respect and professionalism at all times. We genuinely want to help and will offer free advice at all times. Having core values centred on integrity and quality, we will always do our utmost to help without pushing positions forward which are not necessarily suitable. This is why we have won over 6 international business awards, been used as case studies by the British Government and received glowing references from those that have experienced our service. If you are looking at exploring new avenues regarding the recruitment of your teaching staff, please come and talk to us.

LSC Education

Mallory International Ltd

London, W1B 3HH, UK Contact Name: Edward Clark Email: Website:

Park, Exmouth Road, Aylesbeare, Exeter, EX5 2DG, UK Contact Name: Magali Savoye Email: Website:

Stand no. 72 Address: 3rd Floor, 207 Regent Street,

LSC Education supports schools and education organisations worldwide, to recruit exceptional leaders. Our consultants bring valuable expertise to the recruitment process, and can demonstrate an impressive track record, underpinned by our passion for education. We have appointed leaders to a wide range of education posts, for a broad spectrum of schools and education organisations globally. We are highly networked and make it our business to know who is interested in new opportunities and where new opportunities are arising. In addition to supporting our clients with their recruitment process, we are similarly dedicated to supporting our candidates throughout their careers.

Stand no. 94 Address: Aylesbeare Common Business

Mallory International specialises in the consolidation, handling and exporting of educational material to International Schools and Tertiary Institutions worldwide. Our services enable schools to order all their UK, US and EU imports from one place and eliminates the hassles of multiple supplier accounts and shipments. We have no minimum order value. We have a dedicated team with experience and expertise in dealing with all levels of international education, international trade documentation, consolidation shipping and clearing. All customers are assigned a single contact person, from the start of their enquiry through to delivery and for any subsequent orders. In addition we provide custom bibliographies and selection support; we offer book processing: application of protective book covers, Kapco book protection and Dewey classification and labelling. Our website offers many other value added services to our registered customers. We are extremely flexible and we can quote/ order/pack/deliver/invoice in the way that is best for our customers. If you have any special requirements you just need to let us know!

Stand no. 105 Address: 548 Market St. #40438,

ManageBac is the leading online learning platform for IB world schools and the trusted choice in over 1,900 IB schools worldwide. ManageBac provides coordinators, teachers, students and parents with a more efficient alternative to paper forms, Word documents on shared drives and Excel spreadsheets. It is designed as a turnkey system to support effective implementation and management of the IB programmes.

Modern Governor (Learning Pool)

Stand no. 17 Address: Learning Pool, The City Factory,

100 Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL, UK Contact Name: Ian Usher Email: Website:

Modern Governor is the leading provider of online professional development for school governors. Our e-learning modules authored by leading governance experts and designed to work on smartphones, tablets and computers - are recommended by 98% of our users to their fellow governors. Beyond governor-specific topics including SEN, social media and the roles of chairs & clerks, the service includes over 25 modules on Core Skills to develop governors’ transferable and ‘soft’ skills. In addition the free Modern Governor mobile app provides a searchable, offline glossary of education-related terms and latest posts from the leading governance blogs in anyone’s pocket or bag.


Stand no. 77 Address: Arkwright Road, Bicester,

Oxfordshire OX26 4UU, UK Contact Name: Andy North Email: Website:

Morleys Mail Order Group offers a wide range of resources and furniture for all ages. All brands are committed to providing high quality, great value and excellent customer service. These brands consist of Morleys Furniture, Morleys Early Years, Reflections on Learning, Hands On Maths & Science, Invicta and Principal Furniture. We offer a range of first class project services including consultancy, site surveys, design & space planning, bespoke solutions and installation.


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Stand no. 111 Address: The Mere, Upton Court, Slough,


Contact name: Andrew Clemo Email: Website: NFER is a leading independent provider of education research – our robust and innovative research, assessments and other services are widely known and used by key decisionmakers and schools. Our trusted expertise and authoritative insights inform debate on the issues that matter in education. As a research organisation we are committed to making research accessible to schools and provide a variety of resources on our website, including practical guides, professional development tools and research reports. Our Research in Schools products support schools on their journey to becoming more research-engaged. Our assessment products include the popular NFER Tests for primary pupils (aged 7 -10), now fully aligned to the 2014 national curriculum and including tests for summer and autumn to help measure progress. They are ideal for international schools wanting to benchmark against pupils at school in England and in preparation for the English Key Stage 2 national assessments. We also provide a full Analysis and Marking Service for NFER Tests and our NFER Reception Baseline Assessment is a practical, childfriendly activity assessment for pupils aged 4-5.

Nutkase Accessories Ltd

Stand no. 91 Contact Name: Ross Page Email: Website: What does a volcano erupting in Iceland have to do with iPad cases? For Nutkase and its founder, Oliver Page, it was the beginning of a student startup. When all transatlantic shipments were stopped, Oliver set up shop in his bedroom (not garage), designing Nutkase’s first cases. What was once a student startup, Nutkase now designs tablet and laptop cases for schools in over 40 countries from offices in Italy and the UK.

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Outset Teacher Education

Stand no. 79 Address: 7 Pound Close, Ducklington,

Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7TH, UK Contact Name: Neil Brading Email: neil.brading@teachersstandards Web: Outset Teacher Education provides training and portfolio services to international schools to support the professional development of locally trained and unqualified teachers so they meet the same standards as qualified teachers in England. The Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 states that School-based teacher training generally fared better than that in universities. We bring our recent experience leading school-based teacher training in England to support a similar approach in international schools. Our unique portfolio tools support teachers’ reflective practice and their awareness of the Teachers’ Standards and this is reinforced through fostering a professional development culture based on mentoring and coaching. We also provide lots of links to free resources related to the Teachers’ Standards via our website. For those who are suitably qualified we can broker assessment for Qualified Teacher Status via an accredited provider in England. If you want to develop your locally trained teachers or discuss how an unqualified teacher may gain QTS come and talk to us.

Oxbridge Applications

Stand no. 6 Address: 14-16 Waterloo Place,

London, SW1Y 4AR, UK Contact Name: Rebecca Williams Email: Website: Established in 1999 as the first of its kind, Oxbridge Applications is the global leader in Oxbridge admissions consulting. We provide expert guidance and support for students at every stage of their application to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as those applying top UK medical and law schools. As the premier provider of Oxbridge admissions support worldwide, Oxbridge Applications has supported over 65,000 students from 127 countries, and works with over 4000 schools every year to help them guide their Oxbridge candidates. Oxbridge Applications is part of the Dukes Education Group. Dukes Education delivers research-led admissions guidance for top schools and leading US and UK universities, as well as highqualiy education through our A-level Colleges and international English Language Summer Schools.

Oxford International AQA Examinations

Stand no. 51 Address: Oxford International AQA

Examinations, Linacre House, Jordan Hill, Oxford, OX2 8TA, UK Contact Name: Christine Ozden Email: Website: Oxford International AQA Examinations is a joint venture between Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, and AQA, the UK’s leading academic awarding body. We offer quality international GCSEs, AS and A-levels that are relevant for international students who wish to follow a UK curriculum, allowing them to succeed fairly and solely on the basis of their subject knowledge. Our qualifications are based on over 100 years of experience, academic research and best practice. They reflect many of the new reforms and curriculum changes in England - including the adoption of the new GCSE 9-1 grading - allowing British curriculum schools teaching international qualifications to remain in step with the UK.

Oxford University Press

Stand no. 83 Address: Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP, UK Contact Name: Stacey Roberts Email: Web: Oxford is committed to international education. We are the only publisher to develop resources directly with the IB, and work closely with Cambridge International Examinations to produce endorsed resources across the entire Cambridge continuum. This means your learners get the comprehensive and accurate support that deeply integrates critical thinking and international awareness, along with thorough assessment support. Nelson Thornes is now part of Oxford University Press.

Penta International

Stand no. 76 Address: Upperton House, The Avenue,

Eastbourne, BN21 3YB, UK Contact Name: Mark Evans Email: Web:

Piota School Apps

Stand no. 92 Address: Piota, Dragon Enterprise

Centre, 28 Stephenson Rd,  Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 5LY, UK Contact Name: Chris Moss Email: Web:

Piota develops high-quality mobile apps to enhance communications between schools, parents and students. Each school gets its own app individually listed in the app stores with its logo, colours and set of features. These typically comprise School News, Messages, Events Calendar, Information, Contacts, Sports, Clubs, Forms, Surveys and additional sections relevant to your school. Parents, students and other users opt into topics of interest to them on the app. This means they use the app as a quick and easy reference source for the general information they need from school, and to filter down the stream of new messages, news and events posted by the school to ones specific to their child. The school and teachers enter information on the app via a simple webbased Content Management System (CMS) which takes 10 minutes to learn to use. Benefits for the school include time and cost savings through streamlined communications and administration; happier parents; a progressive image; and a new source of evidence about aspects of school practice.

Protocol Education

Stand no. 26 Address: 2nd Floor, 247 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7QW, UK Contact Name: Hermione Thomas Email: Website: As one of the largest teaching agencies for schools and academies in the UK, Protocol Education is uniquely positioned to support international schools in their recruitment of English-medium teachers. We have well-established recruitment operations in five English-speaking countries and an active database of UK teachers looking to develop their careers internationally. This gives our international clients access to a pool of committed, motivated, high quality teachers. Our team understands what it takes to be successful in an international school and we have the knowledge and experience to deliver effective recruitment campaigns and match outstanding candidates to your individual needs.

Penta International is one of the UK’s premier independent providers of management consultancy, educational monitoring, training, coaching and inspection services. Based in England, but with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires, it supports schools, colleges, businesses and charities around the world. It has, for example, worked in the GCC region for more than 10 years ago. Recent projects have taken Penta staff to South America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. The company has a reputation for the highest quality work, combined with a personal approach. See our website for further information about Penta International.



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Relocate Global

Rising Stars

Lamberhurst, Kent, TN3 8JB, UK Contact Name: Fiona Murchie, Managing Editor Email: Web:

House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DZ, UK Contact Name: Kate Weston and Harriet Gatley Email: Website:

Relocate Global is the leading independent multimedia publisher for the relocation and global mobility market. We provide thought leadership, practical information, news and features for HR, global mobility managers, global teams, and relocating families through our website, digital and print magazines, e-newsletters, online communities and events.

Rising Stars is an educational publishers that has been developing an award-winning range of books, teaching resources and software for over 10 years. All of our products are created and developed alongside teachers and learners, meaning that every resource we produce is guaranteed to make a difference to children’s learning. Visit the Rising Stars stand to take a look at our award-winning range of resources including new Assessment Bank, an innovative new bespoke test builder for the new curriculum and Rising Stars Mathematics, a complete teaching and learning primary programme to deliver high-quality maths lessons.

Stand no. 11 Address: Spray Hill, Hastings Road,

Guide to International Education & Schools NEW Education & Schools website section Education newsletter and forum Quarterly magazine with education coverage Digital regional magazines with education coverage Relocate Awards We know that education and school choices are at the heart of any major family move: in fact, family issues consistently sit at the top of the list of critical challenges to relocation assignment success. The relocation community looks to us to stay informed of developments and the fast pace of change in the world of international education and receive advice on how to help families make those crucial education choices. Make sure you are included in the annual Guide to International Education & Schools, available in print and online. A first in the global mobility market.

Renaissance Learning UK

Stand no. 108 Address: 32 Harbour Exchange Square,

Is your school website STAND-OUT, not just outstanding?

Come and see other stunning examples during the conference



London, E14 9GE, UK Contact Name: John Moore Email: Website: Renaissance Learning is a leading provider of cloud-based assessments for students of all ages, used by over 40,000 schools in over 60 countries worldwide. Our STAR Assessments for reading, maths and early learning have been developed for the English national curriculum. They incorporate learning progressions built for the new curriculum by experts at NFER, so they identify not only the skills students know but also the skills they are ready to learn next. Our Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Maths programmes personalise practice for every student, motivating them to make progress and allowing teachers accurately to monitor their growth.

Stand no. 65 Address: Rising Stars, Carmelite

S+B UK Limited

Stand no. 78 Address: Labtec Street, Swinton,

Manchester, M27 8SE, UK Contact: Mike Serridge Email: Web:

S+B UK Limited specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of innovative technical furniture systems for Science, D&T, Food and Information Technology as well as cross curricula general classroom furniture. We number many independent and overseas schools amongst our regular clients and we are very experienced in providing high quality contemporary designs to any part of the world. Our specialist consultancy, design and costings are offered to prospective schools and colleges free of charge.

Scanning Pens

Stand no. 102 Address: Broomhayes Farm,

Inmarsh Lane, Seend, SN12 6RX, UK Contact: Toby Sutton Email: Web: We sell a range of products that help people to read and learn English. One of the most popular scanners at the moment is the C-Pen Reader, please visit for more information. The C-Pen Reader is a major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English and is a life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The C-Pen Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice. Free 30 day trial available for schools. COBIS 65

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Schoolblazer Ltd

Scientific & Chemical International

Sing Up

Vernon Gate, Venron Street, Derby, DE1 1UP, UK Contact Name: Damien Roberts Email: Web:

Valley Business Park, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4HN, UK Contact Name: Robin Horsell Email: Website:

Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 0QZ, UK Contact Name: Mike McLeod Email: Website:

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DA, UK Contact Name: Mia Vigar or Michelle James Email: Website:

SchooliP is the leading school improvement software that has been developed to help schools perform more effectively. The solution helps international schools to integrate Performance Management, School Improvement, Self-evaluation, and Continual Professional Development (CPD for teachers), in one, easy-to-use system. The solution helps to strategically focus priorities derived from key areas for improvement identified at a recent inspection or from self-evaluation. The SchooliP app ensures that performance management progress including evidence can be uploaded on the go.

Schoolblazer are now the leading supplier of quality uniform and Squadkit performance sportswear to Independent Schools in the UK; we now supply over 120 independent schools, with partners including such prestigious names as Oundle, Westminster, Cheltenham College and Leicester Grammar. We also have several overseas schools including Aiglon College, Le Regent and The British School of Paris. Our arrival on the scene in 2004 transformed the market. We recognized that schools and parents were frustrated with the poor quality of garments and service supplied by the traditional retailers, and were looking for a modern, service and design orientated approach. Schoolblazer was born to meet this need; marrying our retail expertise in fabric, design and production with a new approach in efficient, customer-focussed retail. We have capitalised on the power of the internet to pioneer new services such as free name-taping and intelligent sizing. Uniquely for the industry, we survey all of our customers every year and for the last 3 years have received an average 5* rating for both our garments and service.

Stand no. 23 Address: First Floor, Gleneagles House,

We are very proud to say we export to many international schools. We have developed an efficient support system to ensure no matter where you are in the world; you can always get the help you need. This includes free email, phone and live chat support. Our software is also multilingual! Come see a SchooliP demonstration on stand 23, we’re giving away the software free for one year to one lucky attendee!

School Website

Stand no. 88 Address: Rowan House, Field Lane,

Teddington, TW11 9BP, UK Contact Name: Daryll Middleton Email: Web: The trusted global provider of marketing for education, School Website has produced online and printed marketing for some of the most recognised independent schools in the UK and internationally. Our client list includes Charterhouse, Harrow, Radley College, Oundle and international schools such as College Alpin Beau Soleil, Munich International and Brighton College Al Ain to name just a few. Online, our websites are renowned for making an impact. They are as distinctive as they are original and have received national recognition for both design and innovation. Offline, we produce innovative printed materials that complement and support your online presence. Brochures, prospectus packs, flyers, stationery and business cards are all in a day’s work. For schools looking to refresh their brand or re-position the school we also offer a complete marketing solution that includes research, positioning, marketing strategy and branding. A full service design agency for the education market, our services include: • Strategy • Branding • Web • Print • Multimedia • SEO & PPC • Social Media


Stand no. 16 Address: Nene House, Nene

SCI Employee Benefits

Stand no. 52 Address: PO Box 10, Lanluang Post Office,

Bangkok 10102, Thailand Contact Name: Gavin Snook Email: Website:

Creating a Happy, Healthy Workforce SCI Employee Benefits provides a specialist health insurance service to help create appealing benefits packages to recruit and retain the best teachers. As licensed brokers, we work with schools around the world to provide cost effective and sustainable insurance solutions. SCI Employee Benefits provides outstanding support to our schools at all levels. Each of our schools is designated a healthcare consultant that provides on-hand, compassionate support when dealing with the medical needs of our members. We offer business support throughout the policy year to help alleviate the administrative burden on your HR team and ensure you are getting the best out of your policy at no extra cost to the school. It’s never too early or too late to start planning for the wellbeing of your staff. For a free, no obligation quote or advice on how SCI Employee Benefits can help your school please visit or contact:

Gavin Snook Asia contact: +66 89 897 7007 Rachel Thorpe UK contact: +44 770 262 1114

Stand no. 58 Address: Carlton House, Livingstone Road,

SciChem International is a long standing supplier of science equipment and chemicals to educational establishments in over 100 countries. At SciChem International, we are passionate about science education and we offer high quality, innovative products for all the science disciplines and these are supported by a comprehensive range of lab equipment that is essential in any school. Our International Sales Department has extensive experience and expertise in delivering what you want, when you need it, worldwide. We proudly offer: 1. Dedicated International team providing a personalised service 2. Large, well stocked warehouse assuring prompt despatch of your orders 3. Quality products for the teaching of science from Early Years to Pre-University level 4. Exclusive items, eg LASCELLS physics range 5. Quotations with shipping costs (including Hazardous Chemicals) on request 6. In-house technical expertise and support 7. Comprehensive catalogue, available in printed and electronic formats 8. A website designed specifically to meet the requirements of our International customers

Show My Homework

Stand no. 113 Address: 4th Floor, 4 Cam Road, Stratford,

E15 2SN, UK

Contact Name: Paul Monney Email: Website: Show My Homework is an easy-to-use online homework software that enables schools to effectively communicate, track and monitor homework quality. Teachers and Senior Leaders save time, students stay organised and parents are involved. Create, mark & track homework: Our product ensures that homework is set effectively across the school, with statistics available by year, class, teacher and subject. Teachers can benefit and save time from setting homework in advance, reusing an abundance of resources, and even automatic grading. Loved by 500,000+ students: The ease-of-use and accessibility gives students a clear picture, allowing them to prioritise their workload and stay organised using their personalised calendar, to-do list and email reminders. Easily stay organised. Consistently meet deadlines. Anytime, anywhere access. Giving parents back the power: For parents who wish to take a more active role in their children’s home learning, they can by having their own Show My Homework account. We’ve given ‘power’ back to parents. They can now take a more proactive role in driving homework prioritisation, keeping tabs on homework without being intrusive.

Stand no. 61 Address: Sing Up, Bloomsbury House,

When you become a Sing Up Member you get access to hundreds of songs and teaching resources suitable for use with 4 to 18 year olds – for choirs, classrooms, performances and music lessons. Singing is an ideal way to develop lasting musical skills and raise attainment across the school. It is especially effective in supporting language and literacy and helps young people to become confident and articulate individuals. The benefits of singing in school are transformative. Singing aids learning, inspires creativity and creates strong communities. Put singing at the heart of learning with Sing Up. Sing Up is now available internationally. Visit to join.

St Mary’s University

Stand no. 60 Address: Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham,

Middlesex, TW1 4SX, UK Contact Name: Lorna Goodwin Email: Web:

St Mary’s University, established in 1850, has along history of delivering excellent education, offering 32 undergraduate and 24 masters programmes including Liberal Arts, Management, Psychology, Education, Sport and Law. The School of Education, Theology & Leadership is home to our teacher education provision with both primary and secondary initial teacher education programmes judged by OFSTED to be ‘outstanding’. Our outreach and enterprise support for schools includes ESPRiT and the St Mary’s ‘Excellent Schools Project’. Bespoke programmes to support school improvement: • Leadership and Governance • Teaching and Learning • Professional Development • Subject Specific Development • Keeping in Touch – NQT support programme


Stand no. 106 Address: 180 Oxford Street,

London, W1D 1NN, UK Contact Name: Matthew Peck Email: Web: Teachanywhere is a leading global educational specialist of International Teacher and Leadership recruitment, established over 10 years ago and part of the Randstad group. Teachanywhere has dedicated worldwide teams of education consultants many of whom are ex international teachers who will provide you with the best teachers the world has to offer. Shaping the world of education we are partnered with many Ministries of education and private international schools. Our international teams recruit from many countries simultaneously and gather first hand local market knowledge about the countries from which we recruit and the schools into which we place.


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WHY COBIS? The COBIS Consultancy Service has been carefully designed to ensure that our consultants meet the specific needs of our clients. Our highly experienced consultants can offer support to schools, commercial organisations and private investors globally.

Teachers’ Wealth

The School Planner Company

Wenceslas Square 64, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic Contact Name: Tim Cox Email: Website:

Hurricane Close, Huntingdon, PE29 6XX, UK Contact Name: Caillen Chapman Email: Web:

Teachers’ Wealth provide free, impartial and independent advice to teachers of all nationalities in respect of offshore savings and investments, offshore pension planning, wills, life insurance and all other aspects of teachers’ financial advisory needs. With clients based all over the world from as far as the Cayman Islands, Australia, Singapore and throughout Europe, Teachers’ Wealth is also a supporting member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) and British Schools in the Middle East (BSME).

The award-winning School Planner Company creates student planners (electronic and bound books), teacher planners, yearbooks and more. Our focus is on tailoring products to meet the exact needs of each customer, with excellent design and friendly advisors to understand individual requirements. Pages are designed to meet schools’ exact needs and we have hundreds of page ideas that can be used or modified to save time. Honeycomb ePlanner, our digital planner and school communication system, builds on the success of our printed products and can be used on its own or with a paper planner.

Stand no. 112 Address: Teachers’ Wealth,

TES Global

COBIS Consultancy Service • School development planning • Teaching and learning review • BSO Inspection preparation • Leadership and governance consultancy • Business (school) start-up • Safeguarding and child protection • Middle leader support • Curriculum models • Assessment support

Stand no. 38, 39 Address: 26 Red Lion Square,

London WC1R 4HQ , UK Name: Amar Dhanjan Email: Web: TES Recruitment Services When it comes to bringing schools and talent together, we work hard to make your recruitment as simple and efficient as possible. Our range of recruitment services are designed to help you reach candidates all over the world including the best British talent. Achieve more with your budget and promote your school to the largest pool of teachers. How TES helps you attract quality talent: • • • •

Print and online job advertising Annual recruitment subscription Recruitment consultancy

TES Institute We combines the best in online and in-person learning, helping schools all over the world to support and develop confident teachers and leaders. From initial teacher training (ITT) to subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) and continuing professional development (CPD), our unique approach allows students to study in their own time, learning from their peers and highly experienced tutors. Whether you and your school are looking to develop support staff, graduates, subject specialists or classroom teachers and leaders, we have the courses and content packages to fulfil all your needs.

Stand no. 20 Address: Units 1-3, The Ermine Centre,

The School Uniform Specialists

Stand no. 14 Address: Units 12 B&C Orleton Road,

Ludlow Business Park, Ludlow, SY8 1XF, UK Contact Name: Peter Mason Email: Web: The School Uniform Specialists are experts in the supply of school uniform to schools all over Europe. We understand the needs of schools, parents and students. Our mission is to supply everything a school age child needs with good quality products at good value for money prices. Every item we supply has been tested and approved to be appropriate for school children. Large volume contracts with our suppliers enable us to control consistency, quality and price. Our staff have an in-depth knowledge and experience of the clothing and textile industry. Backing up our expertise in school wear is our in-house warehouse print and embroidery facility. This “in house” combination enables fast reaction to orders, reliability and efficiency that allows us to offer your school maximum value for money. We are ISO 9001 certified for quality and ISO 14001 certified for the environment so we are a partner to be trusted.

COBIS Schools and other organisations can submit a request for consultancy or training via the COBIS website.


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The Teaching Assistant College

Titus Learning

Twig World Ltd

WCBS International

Unit 7b, Greyfriars Business Park, Frank Foley Way, Stafford, ST16 2ST, UK Contact: Eva Cartwright Email: Web:

West Yorkshire, LS20 9DS, UK Contact Name: Sebastian Francis Email: Web:

House, Glasgow, G3 7LE, UK Contact Name: Charlotte Bouchier Email: Web:

Road, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9FR Contact Name: Ian Hunter Email: Website:

At Titus, we’re well aware that communication between teachers, students, and parents is key to your school’s success. Whether it’s setting homework, co-ordinating resources, sharing progress with parents, providing staff CPD or reporting to stakeholders on key data - there’s lots to manage. Titus VLE is designed to make this as simple as possible, by providing an easy-to-use platform which works across desktops and mobile devices. Personalised to your school’s specific needs, our attractive, intuitive interface allows everyone in the school community to access relevant, up-to-date information at their convenience. Our software integrates with popular MIS systems, Google Apps, Office 365 and more, allowing you to centralise and share data from the tools you already use every day. We pride ourselves on our friendly, personal service, and as such are trusted by some of the biggest names in international education, including Dulwich College International, Nord Anglia Education and Harrow International. To learn more about how you could simplify your e-learning provision, come and have a chat. We’re at stand 67 in the main exhibition hall.

Twig World is an award-winning digital education company that produces thousands of short films and learning packs on Science, Maths and Geography for ages 4-16. Used in over 70 countries and available in 14 languages, Twig’s resources help teachers integrate technology into the classroom, providing relevant content to use in existing lessons or to support independent learning. Delivered online, Twig resources are matched to iGCSE, IB and many other international curricula. Whether tracking tarantulas in the rainforest or chasing storms in Tornado Alley, Twig World resources are guaranteed to captivate classes and connect the curriculum to the real world. Secondary:, Primary:

WCBS offers market leading information management systems to international schools, providing a complete solution that can support multiple departments including Academic, Admissions, Finance and Alumni. Our systems fully integrate with third-party software and what’s more, you can benefit from single sign-on access to all your apps, school data and storage. Well-established throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, we provide a helpline service with dedicated operating hours for international schools, and deliver on-site consultancy to help schools get the best out of their system.

Stand no. 8 Address: The Teaching Assistant College,

Training Teaching Assistants to really shine since 2006! Our vision is to equip every Teaching Assistant with the tools they need to provide exceptional support every day. The TA College is a leader in education and training developments with a focus on delivering training that makes a genuine difference to Teaching Assistant practice. **New for 2016** • COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA) • COBIS Diploma for international Teaching Assistants in Early Years (DITA EY) • Pre Order of the Advanced Teaching Assistant Resource File Through Qualifications, Resource Files, Consultancy, INSET and Endorsed Learning Programmes we are officially #AllThingsTA.

TIC (Teachers International Consultancy)

Stand no. 53 Address: Avon House, 19 Stanwell Road,

Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2EZ, UK Contact Name: Andrew Wigford Email: Web: TIC Recruitment provide a personalised, reliable and responsive recruitment service tailored specifically to international schools, teachers and leaders worldwide. We have over 25 years of experience in international education and have a large database of over 12,000 mainly British trained teachers. TIC Recruitment has recently celebrated its 10 Years anniversary. We already work with many COBIS schools. Our placement fees are reasonable whether you are looking for just one teacher (or Headteacher), a maternity cover or to staff an entire school. Teachers use our services for free and we only charge schools if we successfully find a teacher they hire.

Stand no. 67 Address: 21 Tesla Lane, Leeds,

TTS Group Ltd

Stand no. 87 Address: Park Lane Business Park,

Kirkby-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 9GU, UK Contact Name: Stephen Williams Email: Web: From award-winning curricular resources, to a huge choice of school essentials, TTS offer an all-encompassing range to International Schools. With over 30 years’ experience, we are a leading supplier of educational products to Kindergartens and Primary schools around the world. TTS develop innovative resources to inspire teachers and engage children. Each year we design 100’s of new products. From versatile ICT products, to stimulating Early Years resources, our aim is to give every child a reason to love learning. A dedicated International Sales Team supports schools; offering advice, recommendations, quotations and arranging individually packed orders. They take great pride in offering the convenience of a one-stop-shop and delivering value for money.

Stand no. 97 Address: Claremont House, 20 North Claremont

Virco Inc

Stand no. 31 Address: Virco Inc, 2027 Harpers Way,

Torrance, CA 90501, USA Contact Name: Jed Haislip Email: Web:

At Virco, the largest manufacturer of educational furniture in the United States, we are committed to providing the best selection of classroom, training and hospitality furniture for the K-12 market. Virco employs approximately 650 people worldwide. Our 560,000 square-foot Torrance, California headquarters features a state-of-theart manufacturing facility, as does our Conway, Arkansas location, which has approximately 1,750,000 square feet of operational space. Virco is dedicated to outstanding sales support, product training, space planning and promotional literature. For more information, you can contact us at 800-448-4726 or visit

Warwick Mann International Ltd Stand no. 69 Address: Apartado 0832-1727, World

Winter’s School Finder Ltd

Stand no. 34 Address: 15 Berwick Courtyard,

Berwick St. Leonard, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 5UA, UK Contact Name: Ben Robinson Email: Website: Winter’s School Finder Ltd is a parent-focussed, content rich website that matches pupils to the perfect international school. We understand that international schools need the right quality of students to really flourish and that schools need to maintain student numbers in a churning and challenging market. Winter’s offers a digital platform for schools to showcase themselves to parents, and to manage their intake. We want to demystify the myths around international schools, provide valuable information to parents and raise awareness of the extraordinary advantages an international school can bring. Our member schools benefit from a global marketing reach to international parents who are relocating to foreign countries, a personalised account manager to help build and maintain their profile and a market-leading, live analytics package that shows everything from school profile views to amount of pupil applications and parent views of the school.

Trade Centre, Panama City, Panama Email: Web:

World Challenge

Now in our 20th year, we offer an exclusive service for international schools and teachers. Truly independent, we have many discounted schemes designed specifically for international schools. All advisors are fully qualified to UK standards, with 25 years’ experience in financial services. We give professional independent advice on: mortgages; healthcare; retirement planning; savings investments; life insurance; income protection; IHT planning; travel; NI & tax; wills; and hands-off UK property purchase.

Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 6AQ, UK Contact Name: Tony Burns Email: Web:

To assist schools with staff recruitment and retention, we help many schools improve their benefits package with healthcare, life assurance and income protection arrangements.


Stand no. 19 Address: Landmark House, Wirrall Park

Stand no. 75 Address: 17-21 Queens Road, High

For 27 years World Challenge has been at the forefront of devising educational expedition programmes which teach life skills and expand minds outside the classroom walls. Our expeditions enable students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible global citizens. World Challenge is the world’s largest provider of school expeditions, working with about 800 schools worldwide. We have offices in the UK, Dubai, Boston, Hong Kong, South Africa and Melbourne and offer a range of 45 destinations. Our programmes are fully aligned to the ethos of the International Baccalaureate and offer a springboard for fulfilling the Creativity, Action and Service of the IB Diploma Programme.


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Worldteachers Recruitment

Stand no. 62 Address: Homelea, Quarrier’s Village,

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Inverclyde, PA13 4QQ, Scotland, UK Contact: Roddy Hammond Email: Web:

Worldteachers is widely established with a current team of 9 consultants working with schools, colleges and Universities throughout the world. Through our extensive range of on-line and off-line recruitment marketing and our investment in the best technology, we are able to continue to grow our database of teachers and extend our services to an ever increasing range of schools. Our services include handling one-off vacancies, organising interview trips for single schools, recruiting whole teams for new schools or campuses, organising our unique exclusive recruitment fairs throughout the year, and utilising the features and benefits of our specialist software and multi-function website.

Zeco Ltd

Stand no. 117 Address: Enterprise House, 34 Faringdon Avenue,

Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 8SU, UK Contact: Anish Haridas Email: Web:

Established in 1976, Zeco has fast become one of the leading manufacturers and wholesalers of Schoolwear in the United Kingdom, offering unrivalled quality uniform to thousands of schools and retailers worldwide. The majority of our leading lines are still manufactured in the UK as we pride ourselves on authentic British uniform. In addition we hold some of the highest levels of stock of any Schoolwear distributor to ensure our customers are never left disappointed. We also offer an outstanding embroidery service which produces high quality school logos using state of the art machinery.



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Cobis Annual Conference Programme 2016  
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