The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) have announced that the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP has become the organisation’s honorary vice-president.
The recent secretary of state for education earned a first-class degree at Trinity College Oxford, and then worked for 18 years in the hotel industry including periods overseas in Belgium and the USA, before entering parliament.
Since his election as member of parliament for East Hampshire in 2010, he has also been exchequer secretary to the treasury and employment minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.
COBIS said Hinds, who is married to a teacher, brings “enormous experience and understanding of the educational world, and a strong interest in the growth and success of British schools overseas”.
Lord Jim Knight, COBIS honorary president, said: “I am delighted that Damian has agreed to come on board with COBIS in this honorary role.
“Damian has been a consistent and important champion for education over many years and we look forward to working with him now as we support the great work British international schools do around the world.”
According to ISC Research, there are more than 11,000 English medium international schools around the world, with more than 6,000 of these British international schools – schools with a British national orientation, and/or using elements of the English national curriculum.
Some of these are branches of UK independent schools – such as Brighton College, Haileybury and Wellington College, but most are free-standing independent schools.
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