The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) has announced Doha College as one of its first-ever cohort of COBIS Training Schools, launched as part of its ongoing strategic work to support schools with the current teacher supply challenge, both in the UK and overseas.
The COBIS Training Schools initiative is a badging and quality assurance scheme to enable schools to demonstrate the breadth and quality of their commitment to professional development, with emphasis on Initial Teacher Training (ITT), career progression routes and whole school workforce development.
Dr Steffen Sommer, Principal of Doha College, shared his delight at the news of this remarkable accolade.
I am pleased that Doha College was chosen as one of the 11 training schools by COBIS. This will give us a chance to train our teachers and also teachers from other British schools here in Doha. We firmly believe that only if we are all strong, can the strongest get stronger, which means that we want to make an active contribution to excellence in education here in Qatar. Us being a training school is the first step, but a significant one, in that direction.’
Trevor Rowell, COBIS Chairman, added that the 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.’
The first COBIS Training Schools in the world are:
- Alice Smith School, Malaysia
- Braeburn School, Kenya
- British School in The Netherlands, 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, Hong Kong
- St Saviour’s School Ikoyi, Nigeria
- The Edron Academy, Mexico
- Wellington College China Institute of Learning, China
In 2018, Doha College became the first in the world to be accredited as a High Performance Learning (HPL) School. Professor Deborah Eyre, founder of HPL and Chair of the COBIS Teacher Supply Committee, said teaching is a global profession and that 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.’
To learn more about Doha College, visit their website at dohacollege.com.