REVIEW: Oxford University Press team reflect on COBIS 2018

Jessica Beckitt, International Campaign Coordinator, discusses her experience at the COBIS Annual Conference 2018

At this year’s conference, my colleague Hannah and I couldn’t help but notice how engaged the delegates were with the great sessions and exhibitions on offer. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Leading Learning’ and judging by some of the exciting and productive conversations happening around us, that theme was taken to heart.

The COBIS Conference is always a great opportunity to speak directly to school leadership in an environment focused on educational growth and development. We met passionate and motivated educators, some with a lot of experience working in British International Schools and others who were quite literally just starting to build them!

Our goal at the conference was to launch our new education branding and gather as much feedback as possible from delegates. We wanted to introduce schools to our story and share our mission with them in an engaging and inclusive way. I am pleased to say that the feedback we had was very positive, with people stopping by the stand to watch our animation and chat about our vibrant new look (hence my big smile in the photograph above!).

You might have seen me walking around handing out bookmarks and tote bags – if you missed me, send me an email at and I shall make sure you receive some goodies.

We took breaks from looking after our colourful stand to attend some of the sessions. Rethinking Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 by Kai Vacher (Principal of the British School Muscat) was especially interesting – hearing about the challenges and successes of rolling out a more dynamic pedagogical approach was really inspiring. The spirit of the session certainly represented the Council of British International School’s broader goal of driving positive and impactful change within schools. 

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