IPSEF Newsletter

COBIS Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance programme

50 international schools from around the globe have now opted in to The Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance, a new school improvement accreditation programme offered by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). The programme is named in honour of HRH The Duke of York, the Council’s patron, and acts as an alternative for schools to the BSO inspection scheme offered by the UK Department for Education. The process of gaining accreditation or compliance from COBIS is rooted in self-evaluation (via an online digital platform) with professional validation from expertly trained and informed school improvement partners and peer accreditors. Mike Lambert, Headmaster at Dubai College, one of the first schools to be awarded The Patron’s Accreditation said that the process, which culminates in a school visit, felt more open and honest than a traditional inspection scheme: “The process is much more akin to having an educational consultancy work with the school over the months leading up to the visit, whilst the accreditation visit itself was a far more open and honest experience than inspection can sometimes be."

Find out more about the COBIS Patron’s Accreditation and Compliance programme for international schools from the COBIS website here