Council Of British International Schools
COBIS – Serving British International Schools of Global QualityRepresenting over 300 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base.COBIS exist to serve, support and represent its member schools – their leaders, governors, staff and students by:

  • BOT teachers are trained by COBIS on Safety of Children Live Interactive webinar participation with COBIS
  • Representing member schools with the British Government, educational bodies, and the corporate sector
  • Providing effective professional development for senior leaders, governors, teachers and support staff
  • Facilitating, coordinating and supporting professional networking opportunities for British International schools
  • Processing Disclosure Barring Service checks to promote child protection and safer recruitment and employment practices
  • Providing access to information about trends and developments in UK education
  • Facilitating mentoring and support programmes for Heads and school leaders
  • Promoting career opportunities within the global COBIS network
  • Brokering a cost-effective consultancy service between schools and approved educational support service providers

COBIS hosts a range of conferences and professional development events for teachers, middle leaders, support staff throughout the year plus an annual conference in London in May for school leaders and Governors In addition to accessing high quality training COBIS events provide excellent opportunities for colleagues to develop professional networks and contacts. COBIS represent its members with the British Government, educational bodies, the corporate sector and Ministries of Education worldwide. COBIS are committed to advancing the interests of British schools and British education overseas. COBIS were founded over 30 years ago and are governed by an elected Board consisting of Head teachers and Governors from member schools worldwide. The association is a constituent member of the Independent Schools Council and operates on a not for profit basis to reflect being a UK registered company ‘Limited by Guarantee’. COBIS is led by CEO, Colin Bell and supported by the COBIS team based in London.