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Welcome to the 33rd COBIS Annual Conference Dear Colleagues, Thank you for joining us at the 33rd COBIS Annual Conference. On behalf of the dedicated COBIS Board and the wonderfully talented team at COBIS Head Office, a warm COBIS welcome to you all! Our theme this year of ‘Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Education’ is a concept which you and your colleagues put into practice on a daily basis. This is a theme which resonates with us all, regardless of school size, phase or location. Placing the aspirations and needs of the diverse community of students, parents and staff which we all represent first, our conference learning programme provides a stimulating choice of plenary sessions, panel discussions and seminars. We hope you share our belief that the interests of high quality British schools overseas (BSOs), be they COBIS members or non-members, are addressed in the programme. Key areas that will be explored over the next three days include: • • • • •

The impact of excellent leadership in BSOs An international perspective on changes to the UK National Curriculum Child protection and safeguarding children High performance learning, measuring performance and youth leadership BSO Inspections, exporting quality and the global growth of the BSO market

We are delighted to be joined by over 400 participants throughout conference. In addition to our guests, excellent speakers, school leadership teams and governors, a warm welcome to over 60 COBIS supporting member organisations and conference sponsors which add significant value to conference by exhibiting and illustrating ways in which they too ‘Lead Excellence in British Education’. Promoting and celebrating the diversity of our members is something COBIS actively enjoys. In all our activities, COBIS works to improve membership experience and our service provision. With this in mind, conference allows us to share our exciting plans for the future. Of equal importance, conference provides the COBIS Board, our team and me with the excellent opportunity to gauge your opinion and listen to your ideas which together will help shape the strategic direction of our association. Your thoughts are always invited through informal conversation or via the interactive COBIS Development Forum which is scheduled on Monday afternoon. As you will know, for the benefit of all members, COBIS lobbying activities continue to be ambitious and active. The number of COBIS schools working towards a BSO inspection by a DfE approved inspectorate, monitored by Ofsted, continues to increase. COBIS is committed to providing support and encouragement for all schools within membership to work towards this aim. Following earlier lobbying efforts, we are pleased that a growing number of COBIS schools are supporting NQTs through their induction year. Also increasing is the British government’s recognition of BSOs and UK based commercial suppliers to international education markets. Often working in partnership with other BSO associations and lobby groups, our efforts to influence policy are ongoing. In particular, our focus on expediting the government’s introduction of the ‘State Emblem’ for BSOs and the potential for qualifying BSOs to become designated bodies offering a route to teacher training are high on our agenda. We will of course keep you posted with progress. As we enjoy conference and look to the future, it is important to reassure all members that as COBIS grows, the quality assurance of our school members will always be a top priority, as will be the level of high quality support we offer to COBIS schools. Finally, I wish you every success as you and your colleagues – for the benefit of children and young people worldwide – continue to make a positive impact by leading excellence in British international education. With best wishes for a rewarding and enjoyable 2014 COBIS conference experience!

Colin Bell CEO



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A Message from the Chairman Welcome to the conference! I hope that you have a thoroughly enjoyable and productive time. We have a topical, varied and up-to-date programme from which to choose, and I know how valuable it is not only to refresh professional knowledge, but also to debate current issues with co-professionals who share your ambitions and challenges. There’s also ample time to meet many of our commercial supporting members exhibiting their excellent services and products. And, of course, time to extend your professional networks and to catch up with friends. This conference reflects the amazing vitality of COBIS. We are consulted with increasing respect by government and other bodies. The rapid growth in our membership (now over 300 schools and commercial members) is a clear sign of appreciation; we also have over 90 new applications under consideration. And we are ever careful to insist upon quality and high standards before admitting new members. The range and quality of our services has also grown: you will have noticed the helpful webinars on current topics, easily accessible to you wherever you are based, and also the training events and conferences held in centres around the world, focussed on key topics such as leadership, the curriculum and marketing. I hope that you also appreciate the regular and clear communication with you as a member – in high-quality newsletters (“COBIS Connect”), timely bulletins and member opinion surveys. The COBIS team is stronger than ever under Colin Bell´s outstanding and energetic leadership. The last year has seen us joined by first class people: Dr Fiona Rogers leading our expanding CPD and research, Natalie Friend bringing excellent knowledge of your schools to communication and membership, and Sarah Wooldridge still skilfully leading our administration and financial affairs. We also welcome Luke Nelson as our first intern – a recent graduate of British international education who is helping us as we help him start his career. My sincere thanks on your behalf go to them all. I look forward very much to seeing you around the conference rooms. Enjoy the Conference! With my best wishes,

Trevor Rowell, Chairman

Conference Welcome A warm welcome to the 33rd COBIS Annual Conference! Our theme this year is ‘Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Education’. I have heard it said many times that the Head of a school cannot have a direct impact on children’s learning. I guess it depends on how you interpret the word ‘direct’. Personally, I believe leaders of schools have a huge impact on children’s education. It may not be direct, as in teaching lessons, but we are responsible for the quality of teaching, the curriculum we offer, the ethos that is perpetuated across the school, the setting and monitoring of high standards, the vision for the school, the accommodation in which we all work…(and the list goes on.) As such, we need to check we are doing all we can, especially with our teachers, which will impact on learning. This conference has been specifically developed to help you to make a positive and productive impact in your school. We have put together an amazing programme of speakers that will not only inspire you but also hopefully leave you with ideas to think about and take back to your schools. We know that everyone likes to learn in different ways, so in addition to keynote speakers, we have a series of seminars as well as panels, which will give you a chance to discuss issues and share your views. Some seminars are led and others are ‘learning circles’ in which colleagues can discuss items that are ongoing in their schools. With 200 delegates in attendance, please make sure you network with other delegates at break times and at the social functions during the conference as well as making time to visit the exhibitors. We can sometimes can feel isolated in our positions, especially in international schools overseas, so let us use our network of fellow COBIS colleagues as well as the sessions on offer to make the best of our time together and go back to our schools enthused and willing to investigate how we can make an even greater impact.

John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Prague British School



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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. Double First Stand 59 Sponsorship of the Annual Conference lanyards and name badges EquipMySchool Sponsorship of Coffee/Tea breaks during the Annual Conference

John Catt Educational Ltd Stand 60 Design and publication of the Annual Conference Programme Design and publication of the Teaching Assistants in International Schools book

Eric Parry Architects Sponsorship of Strategies for School Growth and Expansion seminar

Kukri Sports Stand 67 Sponsorship of the 2014 COBIS Primary and Secondary Games student t-shirts

Eteach International Stand 64 Supporting the development of COBIS online recruitment

Oddizzi Stand 19 Sponsorship of the 2013 COBIS Primary Challenge

Finalsite Design and hosting of the COBIS website

Makewaves Working with COBIS Student Broadcasters from Halcyon London International School at the Annual Conference

Firefly Sponsorship of the Annual Conference notepads

Stand 4 Stand 55

Gabbitas Education Stand 46 Sponsorship of the Wine Reception on Sunday 11 May GL Education Stand 3 Design and hosting of the online COBIS membership application system Supporting COBIS Research Inspiring Futures Plenary Room Stand Sponsorship of Keynote Speaker, Sir John Jones ISC Research Ltd Supporting COBIS Research

National Physical Laboratory Partner for the 2014 COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards Pick Everard Sponsorship of wine at the Annual Dinner TES Stand 43 Sponsorship of the River Thames Welcome Reception and Dinner Cruise TTS Group Ltd Stand 37 Production of the conference bags Sponsorship of the 2014 COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards Leadership Mentoring and Support

Consultancy a COBIS Service

a COBIS Service COBIS School Leaders - would you like to access a quality Leadership Mentoring and Support Service?

COBIS Schools - are you looking for professional advice, training and other forms of Consultancy?

How do these COBIS services operate? •

Submit an online request form to outline background, needs and time frame

COBIS briefs and introduces a mentor or consultant

Your chosen mentor or consultant will then deal direct with the school

Schools, mentors and consultants submit feedback questionnaires to COBIS

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Schools and consultants have access to a framework of recommended charges Schools are free to negotiate above and below these rates with approved consultants Leaders accessing the mentoring service are subject to a £150 fee



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Conference Programme 2014 Saturday 10 May 14:45 – 15:45 16:15 – 17:15

Pre-Conference Seminar and Afternoon Tea – hosted by GL Education Finding a Stable Reference Point without National Curriculum Levels

19:15 – 22:15

COBIS River Thames Welcome Reception and Dinner Cruise – Sponsored by TES

COBIS Ltd Annual General Meeting Representatives from COBIS Accredited Member Schools welcomed

Sunday 11 May 08:15

Exhibition Opens

09:00 – 09:20

Welcome and COBIS Briefing

09:20 – 10:20 Keynote Speaker Sir John Jones, Educational Presenter, International Speaker and Author of ‘The Magic Weaving Business’ Living in a Culture of Change Where Change is Mandatory but Growth is Optional. The Good News is Leaders Make the Difference and the Bad News is Leaders Make the Difference. Sponsored by Inspiring Futures 09:20 – 10:05 Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop  Selling into International Schools: A Practical Approach to Commercial Success Diane Glass, Business Development Manager, ISC Research Ltd 10:20 – 11:00

Exhibition and Break

11:00 – 12:00

Morning Seminars 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

L eading for Excellence – What does international research tell us about the leadership of excellent organisations? Karen Ardley, Lead Consultant, Karen Ardley Associates Raising Awareness of Child Protection Issues and Training Opportunities Robin Watts, Training Consultant, Kidscape What is it that makes British International Schools ‘British’? Learning Circle chaired by John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Prague British School Scary Beasts – Why Risk and Nature are Essential Components in the Pursuit of Educational Excellence Dr Richard Lawes, Co-Director, Firetrail Events and Mandy Tulloch, Founder and Principal, Mud Pies Successful Strategy and Planning for Success – The Role of Governors Gillian duCharme and Jonathan Watts (Governors’ Stream) Changing Cultures by Changing Spaces Gareth Long, Director, the-learning-crowd

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch with Exhibitors

13:00 – 14:00

Keynote Speaker Jeremy Sutcliffe, Education Journalist and Author 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders: The Desert Island Challenge



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13:10 – 13:50

Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop Supporting Member Development Forum

14:00 – 15:00

Afternoon Seminars 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

 ll Together Now: The Peculiarities, Pitfalls, Perils and People Behind Successful Leadership A Dr Rosemary Taylor, Senior Partner, Key Issues Consulting Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Education Panel discussion chaired by Prof Deborah Eyre, Director of Education, Nord Anglia Education International School Leadership – Exploring the Role of Women Executives Discussion session chaired by Dawn Akyurek, Headteacher, King’s College School La Moraleja Strategies for School Growth and Expansion Panel discussion chaired by Andrew Fowler-Watt, Principal, Jerudong International School (Governors’ Stream) – sponsored by Eric Parry Architects Enhancing Your Teachers’ Professional, Reflective Practice – Teachers’ Standards in Practice Dr Lorna Goodwin and Mrs Paula Askew, St Mary’s University School Branding: What Are We Really Selling? Denry Machin, Project Manager, Harrow International Management Services

15:00 – 15:35

Exhibition and Break

15:35 – 16:35

Keynote Speaker Prof Deborah Eyre, Education Director, Nord Anglia Education High Performance Learning: Creating a Performance Culture in Schools

16:35 – 16:40

Round Up and Close

16:40 – 17:30

Wine Reception with Exhibitors – sponsored by Gabbitas Education

17:30 – 18:15 COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards (everyone welcome; drinks will continue to be served) followed by a free evening Monday 12 May 08:15

Exhibition Opens

09:00 – 9:15

COBIS Welcome and Presentations for COBIS Schools

09:15 – 10:00

Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop Making Best Use of UKTI Services to Support Your International Business Graham Snape, International Trade Adviser (Education Sector), UKTI South East

09:15 – 09:35

Annual Update on Growth and Developments in the International Schools Market Nick Brummitt, Chairman, The International School Consultancy Group

09:35 – 10:25

Exporting Quality – Guest Speakers Emily Ashwell, Managing Director, UKTI Education Graham Able, Chairman, ExEd UK Fiona Johnston, Head of International Strategy, UCAS

10:25 – 11:10

Exhibition and Break



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11:10 – 12:10

Morning Seminars 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Identifying Potential and Measuring Impact David Paton, Head and James Lyng, Assistant Head, Radnor House (Governors’ Stream) Social Media and Digital Marketing. Don’t Bury Your #Head in the Ground Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools International Response to National Curriculum Changes Panel chaired by Peter Simpson, Headteacher, Senior School Voorschoten, The British School in the Netherlands Teacher Appraisal – How do you do it? Learning Circle chaired by John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Prague British School Impact Students’ Learning and Attainment by Sharing their Work with a Global Audience Online Sharon Middleton, Schools and Projects Director, Makewaves

12:10 – 13:10

Lunch with Exhibitors

13:10 - 14:10 13:15 – 14:00

Keynote Speaker Prof Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London Principled Curriculum Design

14:10 – 14:55

COBIS Development Forum

14:55 – 15:30

Exhibition and Break

15:30 – 16:30

Afternoon Seminars

Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshop Beginner’s Guide to Maximising your Effectiveness on Twitter Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

 ritish Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspections B Panel Discussion chaired by Jennifer Bray, COBIS Inspections and Quality Officer (Governors’ Stream) Leadership for Teacher Learning Prof Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University of London Making the Most of Support Staff Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Estelle Tarry, Senior Lecturer, University of Northampton Integrating New Technology in Schools – Strategy and Implications David Hellier, Director of e-Learning, The British School in The Netherlands Youth Leadership in Schools Panel Discussion chaired by Derek Laidlaw, Headteacher, King’s College Alicante

16:30 – 16:45

Thank You and Conference Close

18:30 – 19:30

33rd COBIS Annual Reception Park Plaza, Victoria, London

19:30 – 22:30

COBIS Annual Dinner – Formal dress: black tie and national dress optional

Tuesday 13 May 09:00 – 13:00

Finalsite Web Strategy Workshop

10:00 – 15:30

Advanced Child Protection Course Kidscape, St Peter’s Church Parish Hall

NB – Sessions marked Governors’ Stream are open to all delegates and are not restricted to Governors



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Keynote Speaker Biographies Sir John Jones Educational Presenter, International Speaker and Author of ‘The Magic Weaving Business’ Session title: Living in a Culture of Change Where Change is Mandatory but Growth is Optional. The Good News is Leaders Make the Difference and the Bad News is Leaders Make the Difference. Sir John is one of a small, select band of educational professionals who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours List (2003), but have been able to help and inspire others with their knowledge and passion. One of the most entertaining, inspiring and soughtafter speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited on to a number of panels and think-tanks. When Headteacher of three secondary schools over a period of 17 years, he was asked to join the Government’s Policy Action Team for Neighbourhood Renewal at the Social Exclusion Unit. He was also a member of the Headteachers’ National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities Project at the DfES. Sir John was part of the National Remodelling Team and the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership. Working part-time at the Centre for Educational Leadership at Manchester University, he presented on a range of programmes as well as designing and delivering a Master’s Course at Liverpool University focused on the leadership of change. A Non-Executive Director on the board of Aintree Hospitals Trust, he was also a Governor of two schools on Merseyside. Sir John has written two books; Truancy and exclusion: a teacher’s guide and the best-selling The MagicWeaving Business and has co-authored Winning the H Factor: the secrets of happy schools. He enjoys travelling, keeping fit, the theatre, golf, walking in the mountains and good food and wine. In his past he has played football semi-professionally and earned his living as a singer/guitarist in a rock duo! He is a season ticket holder for his beloved Everton and feels privileged to be Chair of the Board of ‘Everton in the Community’ and a Governor at The Everton Free School. John is also proud to be the Chancellor of Sefton’s Children’s University. Jeremy Sutcliffe Education Journalist and Author Session title: 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders: The Desert Island Challenge Jeremy Sutcliffe is the author of 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders: The Desert Island Challenge (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is an education journalist and former associate editor of The Times Educational Supplement. For more than a decade he edited The TES’s comment and school leadership sections and worked with leading educational commentators such as Mike Kent, Libby Purves, Anthony Seldon, Peter Wilby and the late Ted Wragg. Since 2009 he has worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant. “Imagine you were cast adrift on a desert island with a school full of children in desperate need of a great headteacher. What eight qualities would you take with you to run your desert island school?” Author and journalist Jeremy Sutcliffe issued this challenge to some of the UK’s leading headteachers and their insights about what it takes to run a successful school form the basis of his inspirational new book. In this keynote address the author identifies some of the key qualities needed for successful leadership and discusses, with examples, how great headteachers deploy them in their schools.



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Professor Deborah Eyre Education Director, Nord Anglia Education Session title: High Performance Learning: Creating a Performance Culture in Schools Professor Deborah Eyre is Education Director for Nord Anglia Education and responsible for education in its 27 schools. Nord Anglia has premium international schools in 11 countries and employs 3500 staff. Deborah is internationally recognised for her research on advanced cognitive performance and has helped Nord Anglia Education’s non-selective schools to create a performance culture which now ensures that one in five students is accepted into the world’s top thirty universities. Deborah now divides her time between Hong Kong and Oxford and works globally. The former Director of the UK’s National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY), she has an academic home at Oxford University as well as academic links to University of Warwick, Witwatersrand University, South Africa, Oxford Brookes University and Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has served on a variety of boards nationally and internationally including TDA, The National College, Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) Baltimore, USA, Africa Gifted Foundation (AGF) and Inspiring Futures (IF). An established academic writer and leading influencer, she is equally at home writing policy papers such as ‘Room at the Top’ for think tank Policy Exchange or more practical contributions for Learning to Teach in Primary School (Routledge) and Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum (National Education Trust). This session introduces the innovative High Performance Learning (HPL) philosophy and framework. Based on the belief that most students are capable of reaching high levels of educational performance, the High Performance Learning framework brings together what we know about how the most successful students think and learn and applies it systematically to drive the culture and methodology of the school. This approach is the underpinning philosophy in Nord Anglia Education’s non-selective international schools, where most students are not native language speakers and it has produced some startling results. The session will cover mind-set, key components and leave time for questions and answers. Nick Brummitt, Chairman The International School Consultancy Group Session title: Annual Update on Growth and Developments in the International Schools Market This presentation will remind delegates about how dramatically the international schools market has grown, give an update on developments over the last year, look at the British section of the market together with figures for COBIS member schools, and present the latest ISC Research forecasts for global market growth. Nick Brummitt is Chairman of The International School Consultancy Group. He started working with international schools in 1978, founded The International School Consultancy in 1994, ISC Research in 2005, ISC Worldwide in 2007 and ISC Consultancy in 2011. ISC supplies data at several levels including demographic studies and market intelligence reports covering key locations for schools and other organisations looking to expand or open new sites. ISC has offices and research teams in Oxfordshire and Asia, visits hundreds of international schools each year, and has data and research agreements with all major international schools associations.



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Emily Ashwell, Managing Director, UKTI Education Graham Able, Chairman, ExEd UK Fiona Johnston, Head of International Strategy, UCAS Session title: Exporting Quality Emily Ashwell joined UKTI Education as Managing Director in August 2013. Before joining UKTI Education, Emily was a director at corporate finance adviser Canaccord Genuity (formerly Hawkpoint Partners) focussing on education and media. UKTI Education – a joint initiative between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and UK Trade & Investment – was set up to help UK education & training organisations take advantage of high value education opportunities overseas, capitalising on the growth of demand for UK education from abroad. Graham Able was headhunted to take over as CEO of the Alpha Plus Group two months after he retired as Master of Dulwich College in 2009 after 40 years in independent schools, the last 21 of which was spent in Headships. Prior to his nearly 13 year tenure at Dulwich College, Mr Able was Head of Hampton School. He has been closely involved in the independent sector in London for over twenty-five years. Mr Able is a former chairman of The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) which represents the Heads of over 250 of the leading independent schools in the United Kingdom. He also chaired the HMC/ Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) joint academic policy committee and was President of the International Boys School Coalition for three years until July 2009 (the first non-American to hold this post). During his Mastership at Dulwich, he was responsible for the development of the Dulwich schools in China and remains Senior Vice-President of Dulwich College Management International. Most recently he has cofounded the lobbying group, Exporting Education (UK), which he currently chairs. Fiona Johnston is the new Head of International Strategy at UCAS. She joined UCAS from Coventry University’s International Office and has been working in the HE sector for over ten years. During that time, Fiona has worked across West Africa, Europe, Central Asia & Russia and South, East and South-East Asia. Whilst at Coventry University, Fiona set up and ran an offshore admissions office in Chennai and set up an overseas office in Pakistan. Latterly, she was responsible for Coventry University’s engagement with sponsorship bodies in the Middle East and also looked after their key private sector partners based in the UK. Professor Dylan Wiliam Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London Session title: Principled Curriculum Design Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London where, from 2006 to 2010 he was its Deputy Director. In a varied career, he has taught in urban public schools, directed a large-scale testing programme, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research programme focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. What is needed is an approach to curriculum development that is “loose” enough to be applied differently in different schools, but still “tight” enough to be more than just the “pet topics” of those in charge – in other words, a principled approach to curriculum design. In this keynote lecture, he will present seven principles that, from reviews of the best curricula worldwide, would appear to be particularly useful for schools to use as “audit tools” for examining the curriculum.



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Seminar Overviews Sunday 11 May Morning Seminars Leading for Excellence – What does international research tell us about the leadership of excellent organisations? Karen Ardley, Lead Consultant, Karen Ardley Associates This interactive and engaging workshop will focus on recent international research and consider how the findings can be translated into practical day to day activities that have positive impact on school and student performance. • Which leadership activities make the difference? • What do the most successful leaders do? • How are the most successful schools led and managed? All these questions will be considered and participants will finish the workshop with a set of tools and techniques and plenty of proven, practical ideas that work! Karen is a successful programme designer, facilitator and coach specialising in leadership. Her programmes are engaging and practical, focusing on learning and impact. Currently Karen is working with the United Nations to design and implement a leadership programme for 700 school principals in the Near East. She works extensively with the National College International Business Unit on projects, Ministries of Education in UAE, KSA and India, Ningbo University, China, and designs programmes for international school principals and leaders of ICT. COBIS has successfully run her Middle Leadership programme in Spain, France, Czech Republic, Japan and Egypt. Raising Awareness of Child Protection Issues and Training Opportunities Robin Watts, Training Consultant, Kidscape The importance of safeguarding in international settings will be discussed, highlighting the dangers for children and schools where safeguarding is not taken seriously. This session will examine how a safe culture and infrastructure can be created by attention to issues such as staff behaviour around children, the role of the staff and the ‘Designated Person’ and safer recruitment. Experience and good practice will be discussed from an international perspective addressing some of the difficult issues faced by international schools. Robin Watts has spent over 30 years as a Detective in the Metropolitan Police. In the last 10 years of service he worked in child protection investigation and as a child abuse investigation trainer, creating courses and training Social Workers and Police. Since retiring from the police, he has trained numerous agencies and organisations in many subject matters within the child abuse arena. Robin now is a consultant/trainer and delivers training to schools both in the UK and Worldwide. He also advises and advocates in the child protection field. He assists schools worldwide to achieve Outstanding in the Safeguarding arena. What is it that makes British International Schools ‘British’? Learning Circle chaired by John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, Prague British School COBIS now has over 160 school members across five continents. The schools are diverse in many aspects (curriculum, nationality of students, staffing, length of the day, pay and conditions, extracurricular opportunities, etc.) but they all have one thing in common – they are part of the COBIS family and they uphold values that are ‘British’. This seminar is open to all delegates who wish to put forward and listen to the views of other delegates on what makes a British International School ‘British’.


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Scary Beasts – Why Risk and Nature are Essential Components in the Pursuit of Educational Excellence Dr Richard Lawes, Co-Director, Firetrail Events and Mandy Tulloch, Founder/Principal, Mud Pies How can experiencing risk in the outdoor environment make pupils better learners? Richard will explain concepts of risk including: why we all need it; the importance of ‘flow’; experiences of pain and injury; improvements in childhood safety through risk; and how to teach responsible lifelong risk taking as a path to excellence. How does nature promote educational excellence? Mandy will outline how understanding and experiencing nature is essential to: learning across the curriculum; culinary and artistic appreciation; participation in cutting edge research and technology; the preservation of our natural resources; and concepts of resilience, downtime and recuperation. Dr. Richard Lawes is the co-director of Firetrail Events – a company that delivers specialist outdoor education and team-building consultancy to international schools, as well as organising large-scale adventure races across Scotland. Richard works within the Senior Management Team of Aberdeen City Council’s outdoor education department. As well as creating and delivering multi-activity residential experiences for large groups of primary age children, his other key roles include one-to-one outdoor work with SEBN (special educational behavioural needs) and ASN (additional support needs) pupils and the delivery of early years training to nurseries across the city, often in partnership with Mandy Tulloch. Mandy Tulloch is Founder and Principal of the award-winning education business Mud Pies. She runs weekly outdoor classes for two- to five-year-olds and their adults to discover nature and to play and explore in woods in Aberdeen City and Shire. Mandy also works with schools as an early years trainer for the Scottish schools charity Grounds For Learning. She is particularly interested in all children having daily access to the outdoors allowing them time to find out about themselves and the world around them through climbing, digging and mud pie making! Successful Strategy and Planning for Success – The Role of Governors Gillian duCharme and Jonathan Watts The role of Governors in independent schools is changing. While ‘support, scrutiny and strategy’ remain key features, Governors now have greater responsibility than ever for the success of a school. No longer is it just a matter of appointing the Head and controlling finance, crucial those these tasks are: greater understanding and involvement are now essential. However, little time and attention is given to Governors’ training, a board chair often works in isolation and Governors often feel semi-detached from their school. This session will present some of the issues international school Governors face and discuss how and where to find solutions. Issues might include the makeup of the Governing Body and board committees, Head/Governor relationships, recruitment, coaching and mentoring, strategic planning, marketing and PR. [Governors’ Stream] Gillian duCharme has been a Head of French, Registrar and Division Head, and was Head of a school in Manhattan then in the UK at Benenden School. She is a school Governor and works in a small consulting group on head recruitment and governance issues. She has worked on assignments in Hong Kong, Bermuda, Taiwan, Turkey and Azerbaijan. Jonathan Watts recently retired after 25 years as Head of History and Politics at Benenden where he was also a Housemaster, Scholars’ Mentor, Oxbridge Coordinator and responsible for international students. He has broad experience of teaching and management in independent education and is also a Governor of two schools.


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Changing Cultures by Changing Spaces Gareth Long, Director, the-learning-crowd Many schools are considering the design of new buildings or extending / remodelling existing facilities. Others are reviewing the layout of classrooms to meet the needs of ever changing learning styles. This seminar will explore some of the current trends of school design, exploring a range of specific cases studies from the UK and abroad, ranging from innovative designs, changes in teaching styles and the impact on design, through to sharing some of the mistakes that people have made. This is an interactive session and an opportunity for delegates to share ideas for learning spaces from their own schools. Gareth Long has undertaken a wide range of roles in education, including that of ‘trouble shooting’ secondary Headteacher, successfully taking over a number of failing schools. He was Senior Education Advisor to the Minister of Education of the Cayman Islands for over three years, as well as acting as Chief Education Officer during a period of transition. Gareth set up ‘the-learning-crowd’ consultancy several years ago. Although the company covers many aspects of education, Gareth specialises in the design of learning spaces. He works with schools, international school groups, architects, contractors, districts, and Governments in the UK and abroad. During the days of ‘Building Schools of the Future’ he was consultant Head of Education for the UK’s largest construction company. A recent scheme for which he wrote the Education Design Brief was recognised as Project of the Year (£5m - £50m) in the 2013 British Construction Industry Annual Awards. Gareth and other members of the-learning-crowd consultancy are editors of the online magazine ‘Learning Spaces’. Afternoon Seminars Making an Impact – Leading Excellence in British International Education Discussion Panel chaired by Prof Deborah Eyre, Director of Education, Nord Anglia Education Without question, the provision and delivery of high quality British education for students worldwide is increasingly competitive in an ever-growing marketplace. In an engaging discussion session, with questions invited from the floor, panel members will share their experience and expertise of the professional challenges and rewards of leading British Schools Overseas (BSOs). Areas to explore will include: effective leadership, the drive for high standards of achievement through curriculum, assessment, qualifications, staff recruitment, initial teacher training, professional development, school inspections and school governance. Other discussion areas will include the position and reputation of British Education both domestically and overseas, navigating cultural sensitivities and the often unpredictable politics, education systems and legal frameworks found in host countries where BSOs are located worldwide. With the clear link between quality BSOs and the route to vocational, further and higher education, comment on the export of British Education in these internationally competitive sectors will also be invited. A wide ranging discussion is sure to ensue with active participation from delegates and guests welcomed and encouraged. Panel members: Brian Christian, Principal, The British School in Tokyo Jo Puddy-Wells, Principal, The British School of Bucharest Trevor Rowell, Chairman, COBIS Christopher Wheeler, Principal and CEO, Hillcrest International Schools Shaun Williams, Chairman, FOBISIA


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All Together Now: The Peculiarities, Pitfalls, Perils and People Behind Successful Leadership Dr Rosemary Taylor, Senior Partner, Key Issues Consulting Or to put it another way… ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’... People, like horses, will only do what they have a mind to do. Breaking habits, inspiring hearts and changing minds can be difficult to manage, but real change can only come when old dogs (or reluctant horses) are finally persuaded to try new tricks. The gentle art of persuasion and why conventional approaches don’t work; how to move people forward from thinking about and discussing change, to actually doing it! Dr Rosemary Taylor is Senior Partner of Key Issues Consulting. Rosemary is a former Headteacher, an experienced and highly accomplished trainer, lecturer and guest speaker on the international circuit and has worked with COBIS on many occasions. She also writes for the Good Schools Guide and was a Senior Advisor for a UN project ‘Developing Schools’ in the Middle East. International School Leadership – Exploring the Role of Women Executives Discussion chaired by Dawn Akyurek, Headteacher, King’s College School, La Moraleja This seminar considers how the perceptions of gender and leadership of women have changed over the past ten years. It presents an opportunity for women Head Teachers and Senior Leaders to share their experience of leadership and career advancement and serves to create a women’s leadership forum and opportunities for networking. A discussion of Sheryl Sandberg’s highly successful book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead will form a central part of the seminar. Men and women leaders are welcome to share their personal anecdotes and practical advice to help women achieve their goals. Strategies for School Growth and Expansion Panel Discussion chaired by Andrew Fowler-Watt, Principal, Jerudong International School This panel discussion will give delegates a chance to explore issues related to opening new schools, growing schools from primary to secondary, opening new sites, new initiatives to increase capacity, the role of Governors and Senior Managers in school growth, the use of data and research for strategic development, and more. [Governors’ Stream] Panel members: Alison Chapman, International Consultant, GL Education and former Chair of Governors, Downham Market High School Ken Grocott, Headmaster, Brighton College Abu Dhabi Anthony Millard, Executive Chairman, Anthony Millard Consulting Theresa Woulfe, Senior Vice Principal, Doha College

Are you ready for your interview? Watch out for the COBIS Student Broadcasters… For the third year, a team of COBIS Student Broadcasters will be ‘accessing all areas’ at the Annual Conference. Talented COBIS students from Halcyon London International School will be working with Makewaves – – to capture the spirit of the 2014 Annual Conference. Our team of student journalists will be on the search for captivating interviews with keynote speakers, delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors. Watch out – you might be selected! Video footage will be edited and uploaded to the COBIS conference page on Thank you to COBIS Member School, Halcyon London International School ( and COBIS Supporting Member, Makewaves ( for media coverage of the 2014 COBIS Annual Conference. To find out about how your school can work with Makewaves, contact Sharon Middleton (


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Enhancing Your Teachers’ Professional, Reflective Practice – Teachers’ Standards in Practice Dr Lorna Goodwin, Academic Director and Mrs Paula Askew, Ambassador for Enterprise and CPD, St Mary’s University Research reflects the importance of developing teachers who are continually critically self-reflective and evaluate their own practice. Using a standards-based model as the basis for professional development activities secures this ongoing development of teachers’ own practice at all career stages. This seminar provides the opportunity to explore how the DfE teachers’ standards can provide a flexible evaluative platform; adaptable to the situation and the needs of individual international school settings. We provide an opportunity to explore a practical model of engagement, developed with Academy schools in London, that enhances professional approaches to teachers’ own performance management. Dr Lorna Goodwin is the Academic Director for Enterprise and Development in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. As London’s outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Education at both Primary and Secondary phases, St Mary’s has a long history of providing beginning and ongoing CPD for teachers. Mrs Paula Askew has recently retired from her full time Director’s role in St Mary’s School of Education, Theology and Leadership and works as Ambassador for Enterprise and CPD. School Branding: What Are We Really Selling? Denry Machin, Project Manager, Harrow International Management Services Harrow, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, GEMS, Cognita and Nord Anglia. The international school world is full of brands. Even COBIS is a brand, one associated unapologetically with ‘Britishness’. This highly interactive session will examine what really lies behind school brands, how schools try (and usually fail) to differentiate themselves in increasingly crowded markets, and how ‘soft power’ is working both for international schools and against them. Most importantly the session will examine how school leaders can turn school brands into learning opportunities and how, as global ambassadors, Western brands have a responsibility to the local communities in which they operate. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the meaning and power of their own brand, and to leave the session with a deeper understanding of how brands shape the world we as international educators are creating. Denry Machin is Projects Manager with Harrow International Management Services and an Associate Lecturer with Keele University, working on Keele’s Asia-based PGCEi, MA, MBA and EdD programmes. Alongside his role with Keele, Denry is also conducting Doctoral research on The Corporatisation of International Schooling and, as well as the publication of six Business texts and numerous articles, has published academic work on the changing role of the Principal in for-profit international schools. Formerly Head of Upper School with Harrow International School (Bangkok) and now holding a role that sees him assisting with the development of Harrow’s portfolio in Asia, Denry is an experienced international educator. Denry’s background in business, having previously worked in management with Marks & Spencer, combined with his educational experience and academic interests give him a unique insight into the dynamic world of international schooling. Denry also assists Dragonfly-Training with their operations in South-East Asia.


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Monday 12 May Morning Seminars Identifying Potential and Measuring Impact David Paton, Head and James Lyng, Assistant Head and Teacher of Physics, Radnor House Since opening in 2011, Radnor House has had high aspirations for its pupils from the moment they join the school. The school’s approach is to identify each child’s potential right from the start so that staff can set ambitious targets, monitor progress and measure the impact of their teaching. Using reasoning tests such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT), Radnor House builds a complete picture of each pupil and class by forming a better understanding of their learning preferences, strengths and needs, thus enabling teachers to add value to every single child. Using analysis from CAT reports, David Paton and James Lyng will demonstrate how, by developing a deeper understanding of a pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and learning preferences, learning can become more personalised and intervention strategies more targeted. Using the indicators provided, it will also be shown how ability data can help set challenging targets for future attainment and provide an additional layer to progress monitoring alongside a school’s regular attainment testing. [Governors’ Stream] David Paton is the Head and Proprietor of Radnor House, an Independent school set on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham, UK. Founded in 2011, Radnor House has witnessed rapid expansion with a roll of over 300 pupils and a very successful Ofsted inspection which saw it secure the rating of ‘Outstanding’ in each of the seven inspection categories. He was previously the Head of Sixth Form at Harrodian and briefly Deputy Head of the Senior School at Dulwich College. James Lyng joined Radnor House in September 2013 from Tormead School in Guildford where he was Head of Science, specialising in Physics. He has sent many of his students to leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, to study science-related subjects. Following a distinguished teaching career ranging from the London Oratory School to St Pauls’ School, Brazil, and Colombo International School, James joined Radnor House to spearhead curriculum development and initiatives, whilst working closely with the Director of Sixth in establishing the Sixth Form. Social Media and Digital Marketing. Don’t Bury Your #Head in the Ground Simon Noakes, Managing Director, Interactive Schools Simon will take you on a fact-filled journey through the latest trends in Social Media, Apps, mobile activity, and will look at how your school should be using these tools effectively to engage with your key audiences. Learn about ‘Social Authority’, ‘Content Strategies’, digital conversions, and how these all integrate into your strategic marketing plan. Simon is at the cutting edge of marketing and communications within the schools and commercial sectors. He is an expert in strategic marketing, thought leadership, social media, brand value, and innovative thinking. Simon does not believe in following benchmarks. Success can only be delivered through creating new benchmarks. Simon challenges the traditional methods of communications, and embraces new ways of thinking that align to changes in user behaviour and technological advances. Simon has developed successful marketing campaigns, and has been credited with increasing online traffic and conversion with some of the UK’s leading retailers, as well as leading Independent Schools (Harrow, Wellington College, Benenden, Kincoppal-Rose Bay Sydney, English College Prague, and many more). Simon is a regular speaker and contributor on the subject of digital marketing, social media and mobile apps, and is a key driver in the future of “The Connected School”.


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International Response to National Curriculum Changes Panel Discussion chaired by Peter Simpson, Headteacher, Senior School Voorschoten, The British School in The Netherlands The changes to the English National Curriculum including the significant revision of the GCSE and A level pose a number of challenges and opportunities for British international schools. This session gives an opportunity to explore the response of international examination providers and consider the wider implications of this new educational environment. Panel members: Peter Monteath, UK Schools Manager, Cambridge International Examinations Luke Wales, Director of International Stakeholder Relations, Pearson Qualifications International (Edexcel) Teacher Appraisal – How do you do it? Learning Circle chaired by John Bagust, Head of Primary Schools, British Prague School Our teachers are the most important resource we have in the school when it comes to impacting on children’s learning. An effective and robust teacher appraisal system is therefore a must in any school that wishes to be excellent. I will be sharing how the Prague British School carries out teacher appraisal. It is not perfect and we are always looking at ways to improve – as I hope your school is too. With ‘improvement’ in mind, all delegates will be able to share the practice that takes place at their own school as well as listening to what makes an excellent teacher appraisal process. Come along to learn, listen and share so we can all look to improve our teachers. Impact Students’ Learning and Attainment by Sharing their Work with a Global Audience Online Sharon Middleton, Schools & Projects Director, Makewaves In this seminar you will learn how schools are using Makewaves, the safe social learning platform for young people to share what they make with a real audience, to impact on students’ learning, engagement and attainment. British School Rio de Janeiro share their focus on digital literacies within the Primary Curriculum and Makewaves. Participants will create and share media to see how easy and safe the process is. Case studies will demonstrate how schools are using social media across the curriculum, Digital Badges and iPads to increase the impact ICT has on learning. Sharon Middleton is the Schools & Projects Director at Makewaves, supporting their online community of 4,500 schools and 70,000 young people sharing their work safely with a real audience. Before joining Makewaves in 2004, Sharon was an Associate Producer of factual documentaries for an independent television production company and also produced a series of programmes for Yorkshire Television working with young people aged 14 to 24. Sharon has a passion for supporting young people to learn in a variety of ways, which started as a Teacher in Taiwan in 1999/2000.


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Afternoon Seminars British Schools Overseas (BSO) Inspections Panel Discussion chaired by Jennifer Bray, Inspections and Quality Officer, COBIS In order to be an Accredited COBIS Member, and to be recognised by the UK Department for Education (DfE), a British school overseas (BSO) must have a successful inspection, against agreed standards, by one of the DfE approved inspectorates. This session will provide an overview of the BSO inspection system and standards, with panellists sharing their experiences of recent inspections carried out by different inspectorates. [Governors’ Stream] Panel members: Stephen Baird, Headmaster, Geneva English School Peter Hill, Headmaster, Dubai College Michael Weston, Headmaster, Sherborne Qatar Leadership for Teacher Learning Prof Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, Institute of Education, University of London I will cover what makes effective teacher learning, and how teacher meetings should be organized. I will look at what doesn’t get done when there isn’t time to do everything, and how we will know if teacher learning is taking place. Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London where, from 2006 to 2010, he was its Deputy Director. In a varied career, he has taught in urban public schools, directed a large-scale testing programme, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research programme focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning. Making the Most of Support Staff Panel Discussion chaired by Dr Estelle Tarry, Senior Lecturer, University of Northampton There is a need for Head Teachers to be aware of the importance of the role and deployment of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in their schools. Head Teachers need to ensure that TAs receive relevant training and support for relevant qualifications. This panel will look at how schools are making best use of their support staff and explore options for supporting their training and development. Panel members: Sue Dixon, Founder, Thinking Child Audrey Dralega, Primary Headteacher, Rainbow International School, Uganda Brett Neilson, Head Teacher, St Paul’s British Primary School, Belgium Karren van Zoest, Deputy Head, Junior School Leidschenveen, The British School in the Netherlands Estelle is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton in the School of Education. She is the Course Leader for both the Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context (CTAIC) and the MA Education (Full Time international students). Estelle has 7 years’ experience in international schools as a Head of School in Thailand, Netherlands and Sri Lanka. Whilst being a member of the Council of International Schools (COIS) she was part of an accreditation team in Melbourne Australia. Estelle completed a Doctorate in Education (EdD) at the University of Bath and has been involved in researching international schools, international education and international students. Estelle is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the National Academy of Higher Education.


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Integrating New Technology in Schools – Strategy and Implications David Hellier, Director of e-Learning, The British School in the Netherlands This workshop will explore the implications and challenges of introducing and integrating new technologies in schools for staff, parents, pupils and the school community. It will examine the issues surrounding vision and leadership as well as planning for large-scale deployments, financing and funding of such deployments, IT infrastructure, pedagogy, professional development, challenges and measuring the success of new technologies. The workshop will aim to give practical advice to school leaders on the integration of technology into schools. David Hellier has been the Director of e-Learning at The British School in The Netherlands since April 2010. He is currently project-managing the roll-out of a 1 to 1 iPad programme for all students from Year 6 upwards. So far the school has distributed and set up over 1,000 iPads, including well over 100 for teachers. David is interested in looking for ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning and thereby raise standards. This includes helping teachers to feel empowered to be able to use the technology in a meaningful and engaging way in the classroom. Youth Leadership in Schools Panel Discussion chaired by Derek Laidlaw, Headteacher, King’s College Alicante This session will look at approaches to youth leadership in schools – student councils, head boys and head girls, developing student leaders, and encouraging a culture of youth leadership throughout the student body. Panel members: Aiden Harper, Director, TFL Education Verena Oetzmann, Former Head Girl, King’s College Alicante Duncan Piper, Director, The Young Leaders’ Consultancy James Slocombe, Director of Studies, King’s College Madrid

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Exhibitor and Supporting Member Workshops Sunday 11 May Diane Glass Business Development Manager, ISC Research Ltd Session title: Selling Into International Schools: A Practical Approach to Commercial Success This workshop on selling into international schools will look at: • What is the opportunity? • How to communicate effectively? • What resources and assistance are available? Monday 12 May Graham Snape International Trade Adviser (Education Sector) UKTI South East Session title: Making Best Use of UKTI Services to Support Your International Business This session will provide a brief outline of UKTI Services and will then look in more detail at how each of the services can be combined into a coherent export strategy. If time permits, delegates will be able to discuss their own individual strategies.

Simon Noakes Managing Director, Interactive Schools Session title: Beginner’s Guide to Maximising your Effectiveness on Twitter Twitter is one of the most important social channels in your marketing mix. This introductory session will help colleagues learn how to use it correctly and effectively to influence followers.

Why Join Us? COBIS meets the needs & aspirations of its global members by: • • • • •

Representing members with the British Government, educational bodies, the corporate sector & Ministries of Education worldwide Delivering high quality conferences, training programmes & webinars for leaders, governors, teachers & support staff. Plus access to DBS checks & child protection training Engaging, challenging & inspiring students of all ages & abilities by delivering excellent interschool student competitions & events Communicating news & research about developing practice in the international & UK education sector. Free posting of job adverts on the COBIS website Facilitating high impact ‘Member to Member’ professional networking


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COBIS Student Competitions, Awards and Activities COBIS is continuing to do more to engage with students and their families through a range of student competitions, awards and activities. COBIS World Debate Championships 8-9 February 2014 – The British School in The Netherlands It was a double win for The British School in The Netherlands at the COBIS World Debate competition. The host school won both the Cup and the Plate in a competition that was fiercely contested by teams from 13 COBIS schools representing 11 countries. Second place was awarded to the British School of Bucharest and Dubai College was in third place. The judges were very impressed with the standard of the debates. As well as competing in the event, COBIS students had the chance to get to know each other thanks to a social programme coordinated by the BSN. The event has encouraged global friendships with many students returning again this year after last year’s inaugural event hosted by the Prague British School. Congratulations to all students who participated and we look forward to the next COBIS World Debate competition. COBIS Primary Creative Challenge – ‘It’s Our World - Celebrating Where We Live!’ October – December 2013 The inaugural COBIS Primary Creative Challenge was an opportunity for students at COBIS schools to create films celebrating where they live. Congratulations to all the classes who took part, and to the winners – Regent School in Nigeria, the British School of Sofia in Bulgaria, Haileybury Astana in Kazakhstan and the British International School Shanghai in China – and to the runners-up. All winners received a free full school subscription to along with a set of Lonely Planet children’s books. All classes who took part will receive a free subscription to Oddizzi for their class and a set of classroom resources from Lonely Planet. All the videos are now hosted on the COBIS YouTube channel and on the COBIS website. They are well worth a look! COBIS Primary and Secondary Games Primary Games: 30 May – 1 June 2014 – The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi, UAE Secondary Games: 15-17 May 2014 – The British International School Istanbul, Turkey 2014 sees the launch of the COBIS Secondary Games with 12 schools competing over three days in athletics, football and swimming. Participating students will also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul with new found friends from other COBIS schools. The third COBIS Primary Games will be hosted by the 2013 winners, The British School Al Khubairat. 15 COBIS schools will bring teams from Years 5-6 to compete in basketball, football and swimming. Good luck to all competing teams! The 2015 COBIS Primary and Secondary Games will take place in May/June 2015 – more details coming soon! Other COBIS Competitions, Awards and Activities • COBIS Student Achievement Awards • COBIS Student Poetry Competition • COBIS Young Scientist Film Awards


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Apply now to become part of our worldwide community! Email enquiries for the MA: and for the EdD: “I believe the University of Bath is the epicentre for on-going research in the field of international education. My involvement, in both my MA and EdD programmes, has offered me some of the best professional development.” Paul Sheppard, MA Education and EdD alumnus COBIS 21

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COBIS Professional Development 2013/14 has been a busy year for COBIS CPD, with conferences and events for Teachers, TAs, Heads, Governors, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, and Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff. In addition to catering for more members of the school workforce, the geographic spread of COBIS CPD events has also increased with courses and conferences taking place in Spain, Czech Republic, Japan, Romania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Belgium and the UK. With COBIS Schools in 60 countries worldwide, we are increasingly looking at online and e-learning opportunities to help schools to maximise their CPD budgets and allow more members of the COBIS community to take advantage of CPD opportunities. To that end, this year has seen the first COBIS webinars, attended by more than 400 representatives from COBIS schools around the world. Topics have ranged from Social Media for Schools, to an Introduction to COBIS Membership, to SEN Provision, to Best Practice Use of Standardised Assessment. COBIS will continue to develop the webinar programme next year, and we are always interested to hear from schools about the sorts of topics you would like to see addressed through this format. Forthcoming COBIS webinars include: • E-safety for Teachers – Managing Your Online Reputation • The Paperless Classroom • COBIS Code of Good Governance • LinkedIn Masterclass for Schools • Leading and Teaching in a COBIS School • Training for Head’s PAs For more information on webinars, visit A list of 2014/15 COBIS CPD events can be found on p. 44 COBIS is also committed to promoting safeguarding in British International Schools. COBIS has teamed up with EduCare to provide high-quality online safeguarding and duty of care training to British International Schools worldwide. The EduCare for Education package offers COBIS schools access to sixteen courses including Child Protection Awareness in Education, Safer Recruitment, and First Aid Essentials. COBIS Schools and Supporting Members can take advantage of discounted rates for these EduCare courses. COBIS schools that sign up for a free trial of EduCare for Education before 1 July 2014 will be entered into a prize draw to win an EduCare for Education licence! For more information, visit

COBIS Research For many years, COBIS has undertaken annual research with member schools about examination results and university destinations as well as other ad hoc research projects. This has been a useful exercise for a number of reasons, not least of which has been providing information to support and inform the lobbying work of COBIS. In 2014/15, COBIS is pleased to be launching a new research project, working in partnership with GL Education and ISC Research Ltd, which will help us to develop a better understanding of the growing global COBIS family of schools, as well as the British International Education sector as a whole. This annual research exercise will amalgamate the existing research while also looking at approaches to assessment, curriculum and extra-curricular activities, fees, sources of pupil funding, school development planning, and more. In addition to making the association more data-rich, and supporting lobbying activities, this research will also help COBIS to streamline communication and will inform planning for future CPD events to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our member schools. While COBIS is not looking to create a league table of international schools, this research project will give participating schools the opportunity to access benchmarking data (against other COBIS schools and schools in the UK) as well as tailored reports for Senior Management Teams and Governors. Participation in this research – which can be completed online through a system designed and managed by GL Education – will not be mandatory but we hope that all COBIS schools will recognise the value and opportunities presented by this project. In order to minimise the workload for COBIS schools, as much of the information as possible will be pre-populated, supported in part by data courtesy of ISC Research Ltd. In future years, schools will simply be asked to update their data from the previous year. More information about this exciting new project will be available during the conference. If you would like to share your thoughts about the format, content or delivery of this research, please do not hesitate to contact the team at COBIS Head Office.


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Welcome to all Exhibitors COBIS would like to thank all exhibitors, our ‘experts in the field’ who are supporting the 33rd COBIS Annual Conference. Your expertise, knowledge and commitment to supporting COBIS Schools worldwide is valued and appreciated. EXHIBITOR STAND NUMBERS Nicholas Hare Architects 25 COBIS Conference Desk 1 Rising Stars UK Ltd 26 Interactive Schools 2 Dataspire Solutions Ltd 27 GL Education 3 CES Holdings Ltd 28 Finalsite 4 Penta International 29 Edvectus 5 Harris Hill Independent Schools 30 Thinking Child 6 TIC Recruitment Ltd 7 Optimus Education 31 Warwick Mann International 8 iSAMS 32 Dawsons Music 9 Step One Ltd 33 3P Learning Ltd 10 Boardworks Ltd 34 Bridgewater Worldwide Limited 11 Compass Education Consultancy 35 Follett 12 Capita SIMS International 36 Discover the World Education 13 TTS Group Ltd 37 Karen Ardley Associates 14 Scientific & Chemical International 38 Global Investors Group Ltd 39 The College Board 15 61 WCBS International 40 ISUS Ltd 16 67 University Press Cambridge 41 GCSEPod 17 62 World Challenge 66 42 Zeco Ltd 18 TES Prime 43 Oddizzi 19 65 Baker Books 44 REESON Education 20 45 Oxbridge Applications 21 63 Smoothwall Limited Gabbitas Education 46 Twig World Ltd 22 64 Oxford Royale Academy 47 Skip2bfit Ltd 23 Sue Anderson Consultants - Education 48 Anthony Millard Consulting 24

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Exhibitor Profiles 3P Learning Ltd

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3P Learning is a leading provider of digital learning resources for schools and families. Its flagship numeracy resource, Mathletics, is currently used by more than 17,000 schools and 4 million learners worldwide. Mathletics offers an engaging learning environment, promoting the love of learning maths and helps increase attainment, achievement, learner engagement, motivation and confidence. 3P Learning also offers digital resources for literacy. Reading Eggs is a highly motivational online environment where children learn to read. The program supports each child’s learning by offering individual, one-to-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate. Spellodrome is an innovative digital resource that helps children to develop their spelling, writing and communication skills. For a free trial of any of our products, please visit us on stand 10.

BHM Architects 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. We have worked for over 100 major schools and colleges at home and abroad. 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.

Stand no. 10 Address: Fourth Floor, Bull Wharf, Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6QR, UK Contact: Holly Nicholls Tel: +44 (0)117 360 1057 Fax: +44 (0) 870 123 6359 Email: Web:

Anthony Millard Consulting

Stand no. 24 Address: 25 Southampton Buildings, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1AL, UK Contact: Liz Gibbs Tel: +44 (0)203 427 5414 Fax: +44 (0)207 681 2354 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 successfully recruited Governors, Directors, Principals, Heads, Bursars 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. We can also advise on finding teachers, especially for hard-to-fill posts. 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.


Stand no. 51 Address: 1 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London, SW13 0RA, UK Contact: John Cahill Tel: +44 (0)20 8878 4667 Fax: +44 (0)20 8878 8907 Email: Web:

Boardworks Ltd

Stand no. 34 Address: Units 5–7 The Gallery, 54 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1LF, UK Contact: Stuart Alway Tel: +44 (0)7506 698840 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.

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Bridgewater Worldwide Limited

Cambridge University Press

Specialist Financial Advisers to International Schools and Expatriates Our services include: Tax efficient investment; Retirement planning; Insurance (individual & corporate); Estate planning; UK Tax and National Insurance; International banking. Our clients benefit from: Qualified experienced advisers; Regular reviews; Worldwide single point of contact; Retirement funding; Structured investment process; Access to UK and EU regulated advice. Our objective is to visit all the schools we work with on an annual basis so that clients can have a one to one meeting to make sure their financial affairs are in order for the coming year. Together with our UK regulated sister company, we can look after pretty much all of their financial arrangements, whether arranged in the UK or elsewhere.

Cambridge University Press is a leading educational publisher, publishing high-quality, curriculum-based books, software and digital resources for international, primary and secondary schools worldwide. Cambridge is a market-leading publisher for Cambridge International Examinations, Checkpoint, Cambridge IGCSE and A Level qualifications, as well as a global publisher in IB Diploma resources. The Press also publishes a globally recognised school Shakespeare series and national curriculum publishing in the UK, India, Africa and Australia. A team of global specialist sales consultants provides customer care and support, with international offices and agents providing local support to customers all over the world. Visit education.cambridge. org to find out more.

Stand no. 11 Address: Crossford Court, Dane Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 7BZ, UK Contact: Christopher Wicks Tel: +44 (0)161 637 2191 Fax: +44 843 290 4490 Email: Web:

Cambridge International Examinations Stand no.53 Address: 1 Hills Road, Cambridge, CB1 2EU, UK Contact: Nick Mazur Tel: +44 (0)1223 553554 Fax: +44 (0)1223 553558 Email: Web:

Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds. We are part of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s top universities and trusted for excellence in education. Our qualifications are recognised by the world’s universities and employers. We understand education. More than 10000 schools in over 160 countries are part of our Cambridge learning community. Our mission is to provide excellence in education, and our vision is that Cambridge learners become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged. We are a part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge and a not-for-profit organisation.

Stand no. 41 Address: UPH, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RU, UK Contact: Richard Groom Tel: +44 (0)7774 239114 Email: Web:

Capita Education Resourcing International School Services

Stand no. 57 Address: Dean Bradley House, 52 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AF, UK Contact: Simon Dweck Tel: +44 (0)207 960 7896 Email: Web: Capita Education Resourcing, International School Services is a division of Capita Education Resourcing. International School Services specializes in recruiting exceptional teachers and school leaders for British international schools, TEFL projects, government reform programmes and educational organisations across the globe. Our staff has a combined total of 25 years’ experience of working within international education, either as teachers in international schools, as TEFL teachers or within international education recruitment.


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Capita SIMS International

Stand no. 36 Address: 5 Mercian Close, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 1LT, UK Contact: Joe Davies Tel: +44 (0)1285 647473 Fax: +44 (0)1285 647599 Email: Web: As specialists in the independent sector for over 30 years, 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.

CEM Durham University

Stand no. 56 Address: Rowan House, Mountjoy Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3UZ, UK Contact: Lisa Miller Tel: +44 (0)191 334 4221 Email: Web: The Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM), part of Durham University, is the largest provider of computer-adaptive assessment outside the US, providing information to teaching professions and authorities for nearly 30 years. CEM’s information systems cater for Pre-School to Post-16 education assessing over 1,100,000 students in approximately 70 countries across the world each year. CEM provide a number of assessments in different languages including a baseline assessment for young children in Arabic. All assessments are based on robust analysis and evidence-based research. CEM also specialises in bespoke test development and research commissions.


CES Holdings Ltd

Stand no. 28 Address: Shepley Estate (South), Audenshaw, Manchester, M34 5EX, UK Contact: Terry Johnson Tel: +44 (0)161 337 9337 Email: Web: 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.

CfBT Education Trust

Stand no. 65 Contact: Philippa Leggate Tel: +44 (0)118 902 1674 Email: Web: w CfBT Educational 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. The Trust’s funds are used for educational purposes with any trading surplus reinvested to fund a programme of public educational research specifically for practicebased educational research. Established over 40 years ago CfBT Education Trust has an annual turnover estimated at about US 200million and over 2500 staff worldwide, working around the world 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 CfBT a uniquely well-qualified organisation, able to provide educational expertise and support for international schools. CfBT’s over-arching commitment is to education which enables individuals, institutions and communities to achieve their maximum potential, and it recognises that, in teaching and learning, clients and beneficiaries are often not the same people.

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Compass Education Consultancy Stand no. 35 Contact: Tom Arnold Tel: +44 (0)207 193 6899 Email: Web:

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 is comprised of 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.

Dataspire Solutions Ltd

Stand no. 27 Address: South Court, Sharston Road, Manchester, M22 4SN, UK Contact: Adam Norton Tel: +44 (0)845 603 1233 Email: Web:

Discover the World Education

Stand no. 13 Address: Arctic House, 8 Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 2AR, UK Contact: Helen Marks Tel: +44 (0)1737 214277 Fax: +44 (0)1737 362341 Email: Web: Discover the World Education have specialised in award winning geography, science and adventure tours since 1983 and are firmly established as one of the UK’s leading educational tour operators, and the world’s leading tour operator to Iceland. A range of experiences and learning opportunities across 6 continents allow you to inspire and engage your students in all corners of the world, whilst we offer a range of complimentary, multi award-winning teacher resources for classroom use: Over two-thirds of our groups are repeat bookers or have been recommended to us; we have supported over half of the UK’s leading schools and universities on educational visits and in 2013 99% of groups who travelled rated their overall opinion of us as good or excellent. As credited members of the School Travel Forum we offer a comprehensive independently-audited safety management system, plus full financial protection and a nosurcharge guarantee.

By offering a wide range of innovative education solutions, we aim to provide schools, colleges and universities with reliable, flexible and inspiring ICT infrastructures that ensure ICT makes a positive impact within teaching, learning, communication and administration. All of our solutions are built on industry standard tried and tested practice but designed and enhanced for the unique demands of education. Forming partnerships and working collaboratively is central to our success. From the moment you involve Dataspire, the education team will be on hand to support you every step of the way.

Double First

Dawsons Music

Since 1987 Double First has been at the forefront of developing and supporting software dedicated to the needs of independent 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 fastaccess online portals for teachers and parents and these are now joined by a new Pupil Portal. Our online support centre offers a comprehensive knowledge library with guides to enable your school to yield the full power of its data, plus real-time access to review the progress of support requests. 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.

Stand no. 9 Address: 65 Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1SU, UK Contact: William Thompson Tel: +44 (0)1925 622199 Email: Web: For over 100 years Dawsons Music has been the UK’s leading specialist Musical Instruments and HiTech expert. With unparalleled levels of knowledge and service we specialise in all aspects of Music and indeed Music Education from training, design and installation to advice/quotation while delivery across the globe can be accomplished either direct or via several specialist consolidators. We have experts in all Musical pedagogy and are particularly skilled in the introduction of modern technology into the Music classroom and its networking across the curriculum and indeed school. Our service does not stop there, as our specialists regularly make site visits to oversee the whole process, delivering great knowledge, quality service and above all peace of mind.

Stand no. 59 Address: Units 3 & 4 Vo-Tec Centre, Hambridge Lane, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5TN, UK Contact: Brooke Hornby Tel: +44 (0)1935 40 30 20 Email: Web:



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Eteach International

Providing personalised professional development for pre and in-service educators worldwide based on nationally validated expectations of effective educators. Our global network of professional educators, with wide experience in teaching and teacher education, promotes teaching as a global profession through an international/cross-cultural approach to professional development. In-service Educators: • UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for employed teachers through the assessment only route • Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) support • International certificate for classroom teaching assistants • Internships and school visits in other countries/cultural settings Pre-service Candidate Placements in 65+ Countries: • Practicum – 2 or 3 week intro/comparative study of education • Student Teaching – 10 to 18 weeks • Foreign Language Teaching Assistant – 4 or 10 weeks School Support: • Provision of COBIS quality assured consultants • Purpose designed programmes tailored to needs of schools

Based in Dubai, UAE, Eteach International is the leading online education recruitment service. Combining extensive experience in education with exceptional technological expertise, it’s where teachers, school leaders and support staff look for the latest jobs and where recruiters attract the best employees. Eteach works with over 6,000 schools, academies and colleges in the UK and overseas. Advertising 45,000 education vacancies last year to 800,000 registered candidates, who make 5,000,000 job searches and 700,000 site visits each month. Eteach was founded by Paul Howells in 2000, a former teacher and leading campaigner for online recruitment. Since then its unique combination of cutting-edge online technology and in-depth knowledge of the education sector has been providing an immediate, low cost alternative to traditional newspaper advertising.

Stand no. 50 Address: 15 Palmer Close, Redhill, RH1 6GD, UK Contact: Craig Kissock Tel: +44 (0)1737 768 254 Email: Web:


Stand no. 5 Address: Parsons Green House, Suite 36, 27 Parsons Green Lane, London, SW6 4HH, UK Contact: Diane Jacoutot Tel: +44 (0)20 3701 1676 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. 64 Address: Norwich House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SY, UK Contact: Jonathan Price Tel: +44 (0)1276 674295 Email: Web:

Fieldwork Education

Stand no. 52 Address: 18 King William Street, London, EC4N 7BP, UK Contact: Stevie Osborne Tel: +44 (0)203 700 5324, ext.32325 Fax: +44 (0)207 531 1333 Email: Web: The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) meet the learning needs of children aged from 3 to 14 in schools in more than 1,600 schools in 87 countries around the world. The IPC is the leading primary curriculum in the world for improving learning and developing international mindedness. It focuses on developing knowledge, skills and understanding of subjects set within child-friendly, relevant, cross-curricular thematic units of work that are creative and challenging for children of all abilities. The IMYC continues the IPC’s engaging, enriching, rigorous learning approach for KS3 students in a way that responds to the critical needs of the maturing adolescent brain. It is practical for schools to deliver, and inspiring and relevant for young teenagers, preparing them well for the next stage in their learning. The IPC and IMYC are part of Fieldwork Education which, since 1984, has been helping schools around the world develop children’s learning. and imyc.

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Stand no. 4 Address: 809 Main Street, East Hartford, CT 06108, USA Contact: Clive Ungless Tel: +44 (0)20 881 683920 Email: Web:


Utilized by more than 1,000 schools and educational organizations across more than 60 countries, Finalsite’s online learning and communications platform is accessed by as many as 1 million unique users per day around the world. The platform facilitates the distribution of digital content across school communities and in classrooms from both desktops and mobile devices. Finalsite’s software enables customers to engage dynamically with a wide range of third party data providers including student information systems, learning systems and social media applications. For more information, please visit


Stand no. 55 Address: 1 Lyric Square, London, W6 0NB, UK Contact: Dr Simon Hay Tel: +44 (0)208 133 4415 Email: Web:


Originally conceived by two pupils at St Paul’s School in London, Firefly’s learning platform, intranet and VLE is now trusted by over 150 of the leading schools in the UK and around the world, including St Paul’s School, 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.


Stand no. 12 Address: 1340 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL 60050, USA Contact: Anna Garcia-Cosio Tel: +34 639 45 40 68 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.

Furlong Business Solutions

Stand no. 66 Address: Eagle House, Joule Road, West Portway, Andover, SP10 3UX, UK Contact: Graham Hall Tel: +44 (0)1264 354 111 Email: Web: Furlong® is a leading supplier of tailored software solutions to independent and international schools around the world. Furlong’s flagship product, SchoolBase® is a powerful schoolwide Information Management System which integrates seamlessly with FeeMaster®, Furlong’s fee-billing application, to provide an end-to-end solution. Over 250 schools, both in the UK and overseas, use Furlong® products. Furlong® clients include some of the best known schools in the UK and many international schools from Asia to South America and most points in between. Furlong® was formed in 2003 by Managing Director, Howard Langley. From day one the company resolved to be different from its competitors, offering flexible, tailored solutions and exceptional service. Furlong® is totally focused on independent schools providing feature-rich, intuitive software which delivers real value to schools. Furlong® caters for all sizes of school from the very large to the smaller, often highly specialised schools.

Gabbitas Education

Stand no. 46 Address: Norfolk House, 30 Charles II Street, London, SW1Y 4AE, UK Contact: Serab Amro Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 0161 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. 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.


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Global Investors Group Ltd

Content for any device, anytime, anywhere. Every day, more than 100,000 UK and international students in over 400 schools have access to award-winning, audio-visual podcasts created by GCSEPod. Covering 15 subjects, over 3000 podcasts provide a true education anywhere experience for mobile learning and revision; GCSEPod uses the technology already in students’ pockets to add an exciting dimension to their learning; delivering best possible impact and outstanding results via mobile, tablet or desktop. Go to to experience how you can ‘make mobile work harder’, request a demo or view case studies of current subscribers experiencing great success.

Global Investors Group specialise in serving teachers in the international school community. 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. We regularly advise teachers on: Tax efficient regular and lump sum savings; Pension schemes for all nationalities; QROPS pension transfers; Superannuation alternatives; Life and accident cover / health cover; Travel and personal possessions cover; Offshore banking / International mortgage services; Will preparation.

Stand no. 17 Address: Newcastle Enterprise Centres, 6 Charlotte Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XF, UK Contact: Jayne Cook Tel: +44 (0)191 2111 999 Fax: +44 (0)191 2111 921 Email: Web:

GL Education

Stand no. 39 Address: Suite 15, 1st Floor Oliaji Trade Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles Contact: James Ricardo Tel: +44 (0)20 3608 3561 Email: Web:


Stand no. 3 Address: 9th Floor, 389 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 4AL, UK Contact: Andrew Sleath Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 3369 Email: Web:

GL Education is a leading provider of integrated assessments, stakeholder surveys, self-evaluation systems 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 our children’s education. Our extensive portfolio of print-based and online 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, including our popular Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT), Progress in English (PiE), Progress in Maths (PiM) and New Group Reading Test (NGRT) series. We also develop standardised assessments for other countries, such as the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension: Australia, which was mapped to the Australian curriculum and standardised on Australian students as part of the largest data collection project ever undertaken for an individual assessment of reading in the country. Visit our website for more information and case studies about how our resources are used in international schools.


Harris Hill Independent Schools Stand no. 30 Address: 3rd Floor, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP, UK Contact: Morag Forse Tel: +44 (0)20 7587 5153 Email: Web:

Harris Hill Independent Schools recruitment service has extensive experience working with International schools. Our aim is to work as an extension of your school, maintaining the highest quality of service at all stages of the recruitment. Our approach is bespoke, by taking the time to understand what our client’s particular needs are we can adapt our service to individual requirements. Our service is both personalised and exhaustive; we dedicate ourselves to finding and securing the best candidate for you to ensure a lasting appointment. We believe that our success in terms of the calibre of our candidates and the contributions they make to the schools in which they are placed is attributable to our proactive partnership approach with our clients.

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Interactive Schools

Stand no. 2 Address: Studio 5, Easton Street, Via St Johns Court, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1LT, UK Contact: Simon Noakes Tel: +44 (0)8440 500 500 Email: Web: “Bringing Schools Marketing and Communications to Life” is our strap line, and underpins our approach and solutions we offer to schools. We aim to differentiate. Interactive Schools is at the cutting edge of schools marketing. We are experts in strategic marketing, brand development, graphic design, application development and innovative thinking. We challenge the traditional methods of communications, and embrace new ways of thinking that align to changes in user behaviour and technological advances. Modern parents and prospective pupils expect more from schools – and we ensure we are positioned to deliver this for our clients. This understanding enables us to pioneer many solutions in: School Websites; Mobile & Tablet Apps; Interactive Prospectuses; Social Media Training; Search Engine Optimisation; Digital Signage Apps. Interactive Schools work with many leading independent schools in the UK and around the world. Our clients include: KincoppaRose Bay (Sydney), Kellett (Hong Kong), PLC (Perth), Alice Smith (Malaysia), NLCS (Jeju), English College (Prague), British School in the (Netherlands), Wellington College, Harrow, Woldingham, Badminton, Benenden, Lancing College. Whilst we maintain a clear view of existing benchmarks, we always aim to ensure that what we deliver actually becomes a benchmark.


Stand no. 32 Address: Darnell Way, Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6RW, UK Contact: Stuart Reid Tel: +44 (0)1604 659 100 Email: Web: iSAMS is a Management Information System (MIS) that has been designed exclusively for independent schools. iSAMS has over 60 modules for schools to choose from. We are fortunate to work with some of the most successful schools in the world and they include: The Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Paul’s Charterhouse, Wycombe Abbey, Harrow, Tanglin Trust Singapore, ACS Singapore, Sherborne Qatar, The British School in Brussels, plus many more. iSAMS is a browser-based product that allows the schools the security of having the data held within school but the advantage of accessing it from anywhere in the world. More and more schools are now looking for this functionality and it is a unique offering exclusive to iSAMS.


Stand no. 16 Address: Units 6/7 The Brunel Centre, Cory Way, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, BA13 4QT, UK Contact: Claire Barradell Tel: +44 (0)845 5276854 Fax: +44 (0)870 4719329 Email: Web: ISUS are specialist suppliers of schoolwear and sportswear to schools all over the world. Our strategy is simple, we provide good quality garments 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. Some of the benefits of our service are: • Free consultation and design service for schools, helping you to strengthen your brand identity • Free online school uniform shop, selling the uniform items you select to your parents • Provision of free sizing samples for those schools using our online school shop service • Free translation service for International schools where required

John Catt Educational


Stand no. 60 Address: 12 Deben Mill Business Centre, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1BL, UK Tel: +44 1394 389 859 Fax: +44 1394 386 893 Contact: Jonathan Barnes Email: Website: John Catt Educational have been publishing for the independent schools market in the UK since 1959, and over recent years have also become the leading international educational publisher. Publishers of the highly regarded Which School? Guides, the International Baccalaureate World Schools Yearbook and the Guide to International Schools, their and www. websites are also unequalled in their content and accuracy. John Catt publish International School (is) magazine and the International Schools Journal, as well as the popular professional development series Effective International Schools. They have also developed a series of books supporting the International Baccalaureate curricula and have recently published Taking the International Primary Curriculum Forward.


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Karen Ardley Associates

Nicholas Hare Architects

Karen Ardley Associates (KAA) is a dynamic, creative leadership and training consultancy. We design and deliver professional development programmes for leaders and people involved with providing and supporting learning, worldwide. Our inspirational programmes and consultancy have proven success and positive organisational impact. What you can expect from KAA: • Individually designed programmes to meet the professional development needs of you and your entire organisation • Expert facilitators with outstanding credibility and total commitment to KAA principles and philosophies • Professional learning underpinned by cutting edge research, translated into practical, easy to implement strategies • Programmes and consultancies that do exactly what they claim to do – develop leadership and learning skills and build capacity for change and improvement more than you’ll get from other training providers.

Our purpose is to create socially and environmentally sustainable architecture. We especially enjoy designing buildings for education, from nursery classrooms to university faculties which transform the outcomes for students and engage the whole community. We aim to work collaboratively by generating ideas that are inspired by our client’s aspirations and the unique context of the site that we analyse and evaluate together. The emerging designs are always fresh, responsive and thoroughly interrogated. This means that our projects are quite different although guided by some consistent values and principles. We promote a sustainable approach by using natural light and the careful selection of materials. We offer a comprehensive architectural design service from feasibility to completion and beyond. The practice has a history of achieving good value for our clients through attention to detail and an understanding of robust and low maintenance construction. Our work has received wide recognition through a variety of awards and publications. Some of these celebrate our efficient delivery of projects as well as the quality of design.

Kukri Sports (Monday Only)


Stand no. 14 Address: The Old Dyehouse, 27 St Georges Road, Scholes, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, HD9 1UQ, UK Contact: Karen Ardley Tel: +44 (0)7967 821422 Email: Web:

Stand no. 67 Address: The Kukri Clubhouse, Kukri Sports Ltd, 171 Brierley Road, Walton Summit, Lancashire, PR5 8AH Contact: Neil Latimer Tel: +44 (0)7890 510 639 Email: Web: Kukri is an International Sportswear Company supplying team wear - that’s playing kit, training wear, leisurewear and accessories - for over 76 different sports. The name ‘Kukri’ comes from a welltravelled rugby team ‘The Flying Kukris’. Like Kukri, and our MD Phil Morris, ‘The Flying Kukris’ are British with a multi-national twist, and their icons the Gurkhas and their Kukri knife represents discipline, teamwork and a smiling winning spirit. The Kukri story began in 1999 and we now partner thousands of grass-roots teams, Schools and Universities, with offices all over the world. Kukri are proud to partner elite teams including London Wasps, Ulster Rugby, Commonwealth Games England, Welsh Athletics, Scottish Athletics, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Somerset County Cricket Clubs, England Netball and Australia Hockeyroos to name a few. Visit our website at to view our partners, find out more about Kukri and get designing your new kit with Kukri’s Kit Designer


Stand no. 25 Address: 3 Barnsbury Square, London, N1 1JL, UK Contact: Mona Heier Tel: +44 (0)20 7619 1670 Email: Web:

Stand no. 19 Address: 69 Lowther Road, London, SW13 9NP, UK Contact: Robert Richardson Tel: +44 (0)20 3397 9141 Email: Web: Oddizzi is a primary digital resource that “opens up” the world for children everywhere. Oddizzi is a complete resource for teaching primary geography, world knowledge, social science and global citizenship. Oddizzi’s unique content adds a global perspective across the curriculum and is compatible with most curricula. It is ideal for independent research and supports English vocabulary acquisition and language awareness. Oddizzi’s content is produced by teachers, travel-writers, and geographers from “inside” locations and topics, showing children the world as it really is. Oddizzi enables classes to create and sustain international links with its easy to use ClassPals tool.

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Oxbridge Applications

Penta International

Oxbridge Applications is the leading international consultancy that provides support for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as the top medical and law schools in the UK. Since founding 14 years ago, we have supported more than 60,000 students and work closely with a global network of over 400 schools, providing specialist tuition and interactive courses with our team of over 1,700 Oxbridge-graduate tutors, ex-admissions tutors for Oxford and Cambridge, and expert consultants.

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. The full-time team based in the UK and Middle East is supplemented by project-focussed experts, as required. The company employs the most experienced educators and monitors from the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world. See our website for further information about Penta International.

Stand no. 21 Address: 13 – 14 New Bond Street, London, W1S 3SX, UK Contact: Alicia Luba Tel: +44 (0)207 499 2394 Email: Web:

Oxford Royale Academy

Stand no. 47 Address: The Punt House, St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, UK Contact: Sophie Nolan Tel: +44 (0)845 130 6021 Email: Web: Oxford Royale Academy, known as ORA, is a British company with a passion for international education. We are based in the city of Oxford and offer academic summer courses lasting 2 or 4 weeks. Why choose ORA? • An extensive range of over 45 study options • A global experience with over 95 nationalities in attendance • Premium-quality teaching with almost 70% of faculty staff graduating from or teaching at Oxbridge • An exciting and enriching extra-curricular timetable • Live and study in an Oxford college, gaining a taste of life as an undergraduate Visit us at to find out more and to enrol for 2014.

Oxford University Press

Stand no. 63 Address: Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP, UK Contact: Melanie Everett Tel: +44 (0)1865 353820 Email: Web:

Stand no. 29 Address: Upperton House, The Avenue, Eastbourne, BN21 3YB, UK Contact: Mark Evans Tel: +44 (0)1323 416171 Email: Web:

REESON Education

Stand no. 20 Address: One Lyric Square, Hammersmith, London, W6 0NB, UK Contact: Kim Thompson Tel: +44 (0)20 3008 8675 Email: Web: REESON Education was established in 2006 by experienced teachers, education professionals and recruitment specialists and we have built our business and reputation on our core values of honesty, integrity and excellence. We have a specialist international team to provide a bespoke service to British international schools all over the world and a database of over 500 high quality teachers and senior leaders looking to live and work abroad. We provide the very highest level of personal service and professionalism and all of our teachers are cleared and vetted to the most stringent of standards to ensure that we provide our clients with the very best applicants available in the market place. We care about education and the provision of education and we have established an excellent reputation with schools and teachers alike.

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. Visit for more information.


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Rising Stars UK Ltd

Scientific & Chemical International

Rising Stars is an independent educational publishers that has been developing an award-winning range of books, teaching resources and software for over 10 years. We were named ERA Education Supplier of the Year in 2013 and have received a Naace Impact Award for Curriculum Support. 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.

SciChem International is a long-standing, successful supplier of science equipment and chemicals to educational establishments globally. The experienced International Sales Department recognises the need for the supply of quality products and has extensive expertise in delivering large projects worldwide. The company currently exports to over 180 countries. We are proud to be able to offer: • A dedicated management and administration team providing a personalised service • Quality products and excellent stock levels • Extensive range of equipment including our own high quality SciChem branded products • Suggested list of Equipment covering Primary Science (6 - 10 yrs), Biology, Physics, Chemistry and General science laboratories suitable for IGCSE, A level & IB • International Science Catalogue available by request • Quotations, inclusive of freight costs available on request • Chemicals packed for Sea and Airfreight

Stand no. 26 Address: 7 Hatchers Mews, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3GS Contact: Peter Oates Tel: +44 (0)7867 554 323 Fax: +44 (0)844 887 1091 Email: Web:

School Website

Stand no. 62 Address: Rowan House, Field Lane, Teddington, TW11 9BP, UK Contact: Daryll Middleton Tel: +44 (0)845 262 2030 Email: - Web: We have produced online and printed marketing for some of the most recognized independent schools in the UK and internationally. Our client list includes Charterhouse, Repton, Rugby, Uppingham School and international schools such as St George’s, Rome & Runnymede College, Madrid to name just a few. Online, our websites are renowned for making an impact. They are distinctive as they are original and have received national recognition for both design and innovation. We do not just build a school website; we help produce a digital marketing strategy that covers mobile, apps, social media, SEO and PPC. Offline, we produce innovative printed materials that complement and support your online presence. Brochures, prospectus packs, flyers, stationary 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.


Stand no. 38 Address: Carlton House, Livingston Road, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 0QZ, UK Contact: Stuart Thorne Tel: +44 (0)7912 272 043 Email: Web:

Skip2bfit Ltd

Stand no. 23 Address: 100 Pierremont Avenue, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1NT, UK Contact: John McCormack Tel: +44 (0)1843 603020 Email: Web: Skip2bfit has been running workshops in the UK now for over ten years and has recently started visiting International Schools with its unique award winning concept. We promote skipping using own specially designed skip2bfit rope which counts the number of skips you do. Children are taught the technique to skip like a boxer and tennis player and challenged to skip for two minutes. By using the digital rope the lesson can incorporate numeracy whilst also providing a target to achieve. The philosophy of skip2bfit is ‘2 B the best YOU can B’ and skip2bfit workshops motivate the children to achieve at everything. The children learn that the determination and focus they put in to achieve their goal in the two minute skipping challenges, leads to success. This provides them with the intrinsic reward that we call the “The Yes Factor” which gives them a sense of worth and enhanced self-esteem and translates into very positive attitudes to learning, which has an impact on all areas of the curriculum. After the workshop the Skip2bfit kitbag, which contains skip2bfit ropes, CD, DVD, Challenge charts and lesson plans, gives the school the resources to continue with this unique programme, making it sustainable. Our workshops are: Highly motivational; Encourage exercise and healthy eating; Include numeracy; Can see all the children in the school. Teachers are encouraged to take part in the skipping in the workshop to promote the fact that skipping is a fantastic activity for everybody.

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Smoothwall Limited

Step One Ltd

Smoothwall was founded 12 years ago with the aim of providing the education sector the most powerful and accurate web filtering solution. Our commitment to innovation in this sector led us to be the first in the market providing real-time Dynamic Content Analysis and the first to offer a genuine solution to the problems created by BYOD. Our objectives are to support creativity in teaching and learning, provide the right access to the right users and simplify the management of that access. Smoothwall is a leader in the education market bringing both real-time content filtering and remote (off-site device) filtering to the sector. Smoothwall provides solutions trusted throughout school networks and we have developed a deep insight into e-safety and the precautions that should be taken to protect your students, your staff and your school. This knowledge has enabled us to create a range of accredited solutions specifically for your needs.

Your school delivers good educational and vocational guidance – let STEP ONE make it the best, SUPERB guidance. You can benefit from our guidance packages designed to support your guidance counsellors, all reasonably priced and tailored to your personal requirements. You need valid, impartial data to support your work with students – here’s how we help (plus check Step One is the only provider of a range of psychometric and guidance assessments, specifically devised for British and International students from Years 8-13. As one school said “we have used Step One programs from Y8 up to Y12 and the information obtained from these assessments has been superbly useful in giving much guidance to both pupils and parents.” You will gain: • Objective data to support your own academic forecasting • Programs which inspire your students • Impartial, personal guidance in making the best Post 16 choices, including vital University destinations Contact us via our website: to discuss your requirements.

Stand no. 45 Address: 1 John Charles Way, Leeds, LS12 6QA, UK Contact: Anna Makepeace Tel: +44 (0)1133 874 184 Email: Web:

St Mary’s University

Stand no. 54 Address: Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4SX, UK Contact: Dr Lorna Goodwin Tel: +44 (0)208 240 4084 Email: Web: St Mary’s University Twickenham, has a distinguished 160 year history in the provision of teacher education. We are an outstanding provider for both primary and secondary education - expertise is also available in continuing professional development and learning for teachers. Located in South-West London; half an hour from the centre of London by train. Historic buildings and world famous architecture, plus state of the art modern facilities, make our campus distinctive. International Mindedness in Practice: For teachers or those seeking teaching posts in the international schools sector; Developing international-mindedness, cultural self-awareness, intercultural skills developing pedagogy and professional reflection. Aspiring Middle Managers: Leading and managing your team effectively; Managing change; Conflict management; Effective communication. International Post Graduate Certificate in Education: For teachers in international contexts [not UK] who wish to enhance their pedagogical skills, engage in evidence based practice and understand the child in the international school [Subject to validation] Masters in Education: Professional Values and Practice [online]; Catholic School Leadership [online]

Stand no. 33 Address: 80 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9AT, UK Contact: Alan Beckett Tel: +44 (0)1962 875700 Email: Web:

Sue Anderson Consultants - Education Stand no. 48 Address: Langton House, Meopham Green, Meopham, Kent, DA13 0PY, UK Contact: Sue Anderson Tel: +44 (0)1474 815450 Fax: +44 (0)1474 815614 Email: Web:

We offer families free, impartial, advice and guidance; having visited over 350 UK boarding schools we are able to recommend schools that meets the individual needs of each child. Sue Anderson Consultants have over 25 years’ experience of working with overseas families and international students. We can help find the best school for gifted children, children with special needs: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism and Aspergers as well as those who require English Language tuition. One satisfied father wrote, ”nine days after I received the phone call to relocate to Houston, USA, my son and daughter started their new school. We are extremely happy with our choice, to have arranged and processed the application within such a short time period truly exemplifies the professionalism and diligence of Sue Anderson Consultants, we will be forever grateful”.


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Teachers’ Wealth

The College Board

Stand no. 58 Address: Wenceslas Square 19, Prague 1, 110 00, Czech Republic Contact: Tim Cox Tel: +420 731 375 850 Email: Web: Teachers’ Wealth was established to fill a gap in the international schools market to provide both dedicated and trusted financial advisory services to international schools and their staff worldwide. Dealing only with the international education sector and their very specific needs, Teachers’ Wealth assist staff to transfer their frozen UK pensions to offshore HMRC recognised Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pensions Schemes (QROPS), as well as providing 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 a supporting member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS), the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).

TES Prime

Stand no. 43 Address: 26 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4HQ, UK Contact: Ruth Cook Tel: +44 (0)203 194 3137 Email: Web:


TES Prime – providing support in leadership recruitment and development, TES Prime has a dedicated team of specialists in executive search, assessment and development with access to an extensive network of leadership professionals. This puts us in a unique position to help you find the right leaders to join your school, or develop the capacity of your existing leadership team. TES is the largest network of teachers in the world with over 2.3 million registered members from 247 countries and territories. Using TES you can reach the widest possible audience of education professionals and jobseekers: • Our website receives 7.7 million visits a month • TES offers over 550,000 free resources for education professionals to share and download • TES magazine has on average 362,000 readers each week • Dedicated international channel on the jobs section of the TES website • Targeted international newsletters and forums The wealth of free resources on TES helps to inspire and inform teachers when they are preparing their lessons. As a result it’s only natural that teachers and other education professionals from around the world come to TES first when they’re looking for a new job. Our international reach means TES is in the best possible position to provide you with the strongest field of candidates to fill your education vacancies, that’s why 99% of advertisers would use TES again.


Stand no. 15 Address: 45 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023, USA Contact: Judith Hegedus Tel: +1 212 373 8738 Fax: +1 646 417 7350 Email: Web: College Board International, based in New York City, represents College Board programs to international audiences and serves as an information link and liaison to overseas educational advisers, counsellors at international schools, and U.S. college and university staff involved in international student recruitment activities.

The Teaching Assistant College

Stand no. 61 Address: The Estate Office, Stone Road, Hilcote, Eccleshall, ST21 6JX, UK Contact: Eva Cartwright Tel: +44 (0)1785 851 251 Email: Web: The Teaching Assistant College offers specialist training for support staff based in Nursery, Primary or Secondary Schools in the UK and overseas. We design and deliver practical training based on current research to suit the needs of your school. We have a growing network of trainers all dedicated to motivate and train support staff to improve standards in your school. Services we offer: • CACHE accredited Qualifications via e-learning • Consultancy • INSET • Training Resource File • Online Courses

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Thinking Child

Stand no. 6 Address: Unit 6A Grove Farm, Grove Farm Lane, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7TG, UK Contact: Sue Dixon Tel: +44 (0)1604 491511 Fax: +44 (0)1604 570773 Email: Web: Thinking Child supports schools with thoughtfully produced resources and training; to enable teachers to deliver enjoyable, creative lessons – with the aim of developing successful, sustained learning for children. We fully understand the need to address the core skills of literacy and numeracy but also believe that the WAY these are taught can make the difference. Therefore our resources are also specifically designed to : • develop thinking skills: skills like problem solving, creativity, children’s ability to ask questions • actively encourage speaking and listening at home as well as school • be easily embedded into a whole school development of thinking skills • have a real impact on children’s motivation and attitude to learning Our knowledgeable, experienced consultants all subscribe to the ‘Thinking Child’ ethos and seek to create resources and training that are practical, flexible and rooted in an understanding of what good teaching and learning can be. Everyone associated with Thinking Child ultimately wants to help children be the best they can be.

TIC Recruitment Ltd

Stand no. 7 Address: Avon House, 19 Stanwell Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2EZ, UK Contact: Andrew Wigford Tel: +44 (0)2920 212083 Email: Web: TIC Recruitment & Training provide a personalised, reliable and responsive recruitment and training service tailored specifically to international schools and teachers worldwide. We really understand the needs of British International Schools. We have over 25 years of experience in international education and have a large database of over 10,000 mainly British trained teachers. 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. “TIC has a fantastic team, their professionalism and commitment to service were second to none and ensured our recruitment period ran smoothly and efficiently” – Eamonn Mullally, Edron Academy Mexico.

TTS Group Ltd


Stand no. 37 Address: Unit 1 Park Lane Business Park, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 9LE, UK Contact: Steve Williams (Southern Europe) & Scott Topliss (Northern & Eastern Europe) Tel: +44 (0)1623 688545 Email: & Web:

TTS leads the world in the development of primary education resources. With great names such as Easi-Speak, Bee-Bot, Pro-Bot, Easi Ears Listening Centre, Easi-Scope and thousands more, used in schools throughout the world. If that wasn’t enough, TTS now has a complete range of school stationery for early years all the way through to senior school in the 2014 international schools catalogue. For the best advice, we have a professional team dedicated to providing the best possible service to international schools globally.

Twig World Ltd

Stand no. 22 Address: 14 North Claremont St, Glasgow, G3 7LE, UK Contact: Charlotte Bouchier Tel: +44 (0)141 353 7702 Fax: +44 (0)141 353 7728 Email: Web: Support your Teaching with Twig in 2014: Twig is an award-winning educational resource, with over 1,700 short films and comprehensive support materials covering Science, Maths and Geography. World Class Content in your Classroom: Twig’s resources help teachers integrate technology into the classroom: it is easy to find relevant content to use in existing lessons or to support independent learning. Our films inspire pupils, helping them to understand key concepts. Mapped to International Curricula: Twig is matched to iGCSE, International Baccalaureate and many other international curricula. Delivered online, films can be searched by curriculum point, keyword search or using Twig’s interactive Mindmap. For Primary and Secondary Pupils: Twig World includes resources for ages 7 to 16. At primary level, Tigtag is a complete resource for science, featuring 600+ films, teacher support materials and interactive activities. At secondary, Twig includes content on Science, Maths, Geography and Science Experiments. Explore Twig World’s resources at the following websites: Secondary: Primary:


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Warwick Mann International Ltd

World Challenge

Warwick Mann International Limited has been servicing the international schools community worldwide for over 16 years now. As independent brokers, we have access to many innovative and discounted schemes designed specifically for this market. All advisors are fully qualified to UK standards and all have over 20 years’ experience in financial services. We give professional independent advice on: Healthcare; Retirement Planning; Tax efficient savings and investments; National Insurance & tax advice; International Wills; UK and International mortgages; Life and Critical illness; UK property purchases; IHT planning; QROPS advice. To assist with staff recruitment and retention we have helped many schools improve their employee benefits through group healthcare, life and pension arrangements. Further information and school visits available on request.

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, which range from one to four weeks, enable students to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible global citizens all while having the time of their lives within a safe environment. World Challenge is the world’s largest provider of school expeditions and currently works with about 800 schools and colleges worldwide. We have offices in the UK, Dubai, Boston, Hong Kong, South Africa and Melbourne and offer a range of 45 destinations. Our expedition programmes and adventure itineraries 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. Students can also gain UCAS points by being involved in one of our programmes.

Stand no. 8 Address: Apartado 0832-1727, World Trade Centre, Panama City, Panama Contact: Andrew Seward or Craig Blyth Tel: +44 (0)870 460 1088 Fax: +44 (0)870 460 1087 Email: Web:

WCBS International

Stand no. 40 Address: Somerset House, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9EJ, UK Contact: Neil Butcher Tel: +44 (0)1458 833 344 Email: Web: WCBS International is a leading supplier of management information systems to over 500 fee-paying schools worldwide including Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We support our international customers in every way with regional staff and an international helpline service based on local school hours. We supply a range of solutions to meet management information needs, from admissions to alumni, with innovative and proven software. 3Sys:- the complete school and student information system • Browser-based Academic and Administration management for faster, more accurate and productive use of your school’s information • Works with all leading browsers to access data using PCs, Apple Macs, smartphones, iPads and other tablets • Capability to incorporate multiple curricula including standard UK, AP, IB, IPC, CIE • Combines with the option of the powerful, world leading PASS finance and student billing system


Stand no. 42 Address: 17-21 Queens Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP13 6AQ, UK Contact: Tony Burns Tel: +44 (0)7775 920 851 Email: Web:

Zeco Ltd

Stand no. 18 Address: Enterprise House, 34 Faringdon Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 8SU Contact: Dilan Shah Tel: +44 (0)1708 739 390 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. Zeco can boast a large inventory of over 500 products which enables us to cater for the unique requirements of each and every one of our customers. 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 school uniform embroidery service which produces high quality school logos using state of the art machinery, screen printing and heat transfer are also available for school bags.

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Breakfast Room Exhibitor GEMS Education

Address: PO Box 8607, Dubai, UAE Contact: Jamie Wilkes Tel: +971 3477770 x433 Email: Web: With over fifty years of education experience, GEMS Education is committed to improving the quality of education worldwide. It is the leading Kindergarten to Grade 12 private education operator in the

world, educating over 110,000 children from 151 different nationalities. Our mission is to ensure access to education is universal. Through our charitable organisation, the Varkey GEMS Foundation, whose honorary Chairman is former President Bill Clinton and our partnerships with organisations such as UNESCO, The Clinton Global Initiative, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and other Non-Governmental Organisations, we are determined to impact on the poorest ten million children of school age across the globe, providing educational opportunities that will lift them and their families out of the cycle of poverty. We believe our educational, commercial and foundation work provides a quality model for educational improvement and sustainability across the developed and developing regions of the world.

Plenary Room Exhibitor Inspiring Futures


Address: St George’s House, Knoll Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3SY, UK Contact: Julia Watson Tel: +44 (0)1276 687 500 or +44 (0) 1572 823 073 Fax: +44 (0)1276 28258 Email: Web:

The Inspiring Futures Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit careers guidance organisation and a leading provider of careers advice with over 70 years’ experience in preparing students for employment and higher education. Working mainly in independent schools internationally and in

the UK, Inspiring Futures offers the Futurewise programme which sets the benchmark for excellence in online career profiling using psychometric assessments which help young people make more informed decisions about their next steps. Inspiring Futures also offers personal and professional support to careers departments in schools. “Young people need to be well informed, not just about the options available to them, but also about their abilities, interests and personality traits. Futurewise offers a thorough, insightful and unique programme which supports them in reaching their goals.” Director, UCAS “As a result of having the Futurewise programme, my daughter feels immeasurably happier and is really enthused, not only about how to spend her gap year, but also about what to do afterwards. The support my daughter was given was not only professional but utterly individual.” Angela Young - Parent



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2014/15 COBIS CPD Events (details subject to change; check the COBIS website for latest details) COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff, Amsterdam – 20-21 October 2014 The British School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands COBIS Governors Training Day, Amsterdam – 20 October 2014 The British School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands COBIS Head Boys and Head Girls Conference – Autumn 2014 COBIS Pupil-Centred Pastoral Care Conference, Bucharest – 7-8 November 2014 The British School of Bucharest, Romania COBIS Conference for Bursars, Business Managers, and HR Staff, Rome – November 2014 St George’s British International School, Rome, Italy COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff and Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Programme, Athens – February 2015 St Catherine’s British School, Greece COBIS Conference for Teachers and Four-Day Middle Leaders’ Programme, Beijing – February 2015 The British School of Beijing, China COBIS Conference for Marketing, Development and Admissions Staff, Dubai – March/April 2015 Dubai College, UAE COBIS Conference for Teachers and Support Staff, Lagos – April 2015 Grange School, Nigeria 34th COBIS Annual Conference, London – 9-11 May 2015

44 COBIS Colin Bell, CEO – COBIS, St Mary’s University, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, TW1 4SX, UK T: +44 208 240 4142 | F: +44 208 240 4255 | W:

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Cobis annual conference programme 2014