COBIS conference to explore future of international education

School leaders and expert speakers will set their sights on the future of international education at the 38th COBIS Annual Conference

The COBIS Annual Conference is the essential global gathering for leaders of British international schools and has been the flagship event for heads, governors, proprietors and senior leadership teams in this sector for over four decades.

This year’s conference, the 38th annual edition, will explore the theme of Vision 2030: The Future of International Education. It takes place from 11–13 May 2019 at the Intercontinental Hotel – The O2 on the banks of the River Thames in London.

Dr Fiona Rogers, deputy CEO and director of professional development and research at COBIS, said: “This conference is the leading event for those working in the international British schools’ sector. It offers delegates the chance to hear from high-profile keynote speakers, as well as a choice of insightful seminars and workshops all designed to challenge and inspire.

“Considering COBIS schools operate in diverse geographical locations (80 countries in five continents), the conference is a vital opportunity for attendees to find common ground and to learn about cutting-edge issues facing the sector as a whole.

“With excellent opportunities to network and connect with suppliers and service providers, it is a fantastic opportunity for all who take part.”

Focusing on the future of international education, the 38th COBIS Annual Conference will feature a host of expert speakers examining what could lie ahead for the sector. Andreas Schleicher, who oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and is director for education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will talk about trends shaping education.

With excellent opportunities to network and connect with suppliers and service providers, it is a fantastic opportunity for all who take part

Graham Brown-Martin, author of Learning {Re}imagined, the best-selling book on global education, will explore Education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Priya Lakhani OBE, founder CEO of CENTURY Tech – the artificially intelligent learning platform for teachers and students – will ask delegates to imagine if robots ran our schools.

Professor Rose Luckin, professor of learning with digital technologies at UCL’s Institute of Education, Professor Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist, and Sir Tim Smit KBE, executive vice-chair and co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall, will also be addressing delegates.

Sir Tim Smit KBE’s session is entitled, ‘The issue is not what sort of planet we are leaving our children, it’s what type of children we are leaving the planet?’ Owen Henkel, director of efficacy and research, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, Pearson, will provide a fascinating insight into the Future of Skills: Employment in 2030.

The conference has been described as “the leading event for those working in the international British schools’ sector”

COBIS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.

In addition to safeguarding presentations and workshops during the main conference programme, delegates are also able to attend a shoulder course providing advanced training for designated safeguarding leads in international schools. Other optional sessions include facilitator training for the COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders and a UK Education and Assessment Update, hosted by GL Education.

Overall, there are 21 inspiring seminars to choose from, with titles ranging from Developing & Maintaining Resilience, to Millennials for 2030: The Future of School Leadership. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to learn more about the COBIS Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance – the school improvement scheme that has now reached 100 schools worldwide.

This year will see also a return of our successful speed dating, with two sessions on Leading the Way and Wellbeing in Education, coordinated by Innovate My School. Overall, there will be more than 130 exhibition stands at the event showcasing creative solutions for international British schools overseas.

Booking is still open for the conference, which is sponsored by Pearson, with full delegate tickets starting from £499 + VAT.

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