Doha College, Qatar has become one of the first training schools for the Council of British International Schools (COBIS).
In total, 11 institutions were designated training facilities by COBIS, the international network that represents more than 500 independent British international schools.
The training schools are part of COBIS’ plan to tackle the predicted teacher shortfall, both in the UK and overseas.
Teachers who work overseas gain valuable transferrable skills, in part from the high quality of professional development opportunities – Prof Deborah Eyre
The 11 schools are:
- Alice Smith School, Malaysia
- Braeburn School, Kenya
- British School in The Netherlands
- British School Muscat, Oman
- British School of Brussels, Belgium
- British School of Bucharest, Romania
- Doha College, Qatar
- Nord Anglia International School Hong Kong
- St Saviour’s School Ikoyi, Nigeria
- The Edron Academy, Mexico
- Wellington College China Institute of Learning, China
The new commendation is in recognition of the 11 schools’ commitment to professional development and initial teacher training (ITT).
The schools will deliver ITT to help grow the global teacher workforce, become regional hubs for continual professional development (CPD), and share best practice with other schools.
Trevor Rowell, chairman of COBIS, said: “High-quality international schools could play a greater role in training teachers in their locality. This can include TAs, support staff, alumni, parents, spouses – those already within the wider community of international schools – as well as suitable local and international staff, to reduce demand on domestic supply.”
Prof Deborah Eyre, chair of the COBIS teacher supply committee, said at the event: “Teaching is a global profession. Teachers who work overseas gain valuable transferrable skills, in part from the high quality of professional development opportunities.
“COBIS training schools will play a key role in extending the impact of the tremendous professional learning opportunities in schools and supporting the COBIS ambition to see international schools engaging with ITT on a greater scale to make a positive contribution to the growth of the global teacher workforce.”