Working in Partnership


COBIS was founded over 30 years ago and is governed by an elected Board consisting of Headteachers and Governors from member schools worldwide. Representing over 300 member organisations, COBIS is a responsive organisation, open to current and future opportunities. The association has developed markedly since its foundation, changing to meet the needs and aspirations of its growing global school membership base. COBIS exists to serve, support and represent its member schools – their leaders, governors, staff and students.


FOBISIA is a regional federation of the leading British international schools in Asia. All FOBISIA member schools are closely scrutinised on application and have to meet an extensive range of quality standards in order to be accepted into the Federation and to retain membership of it.


The National Association of British Schools in Spain (NABSS) exists to defend members' interests, to help maintain the quality of British education in Spain, and to support school development. All member schools are fully authorised- at least for a large section of the school-and are subject to inspection. NABSS offers regular training to schools and there is an annual conference. The Association has its own inspection system, which is recognised by the British Council, and which also forms part of the British Schools Overseas inspections within Spain.


The British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) is one of the largest organisations for British Curriculum schools in the World, with over 77 Member Schools educating over 70,000 children in 13 countries and employing over 6,000 teachers.

Formed in 1982, British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) provides a quality-assured network of schools helping Heads and Teachers share best practice and keep abreast of the latest educational developments. BSME runs its own Accreditation System, Annual Headteachers' Conferences, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of over 100 courses per year and a range of inter-school sports, music, arts and other events.