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COBIS and ISA Conferences May 20, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, John Catt Educational news.
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Today is the first day back at my desk following a week on the road at two fascinating conferences, first the Independent Schools Association (ISA) in Bournemouth followed by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) in London.

Both were extremely well run events and I thank the organisers of both for allowing John Catt Educational to exhibit and let educators know a little more about our publications. It was great to get face-to-face with so many Heads and teachers and governors and to hear the feedback about how useful they find our books.

Our Effective International Schools series was particularly popular at the COBIS conference – no doubt helped by the fact that Adele Hodgson, one of the editors of Effective Marketing, Communications and Development, was speaking to delegates on Sunday on the topic of Governance in schools.

Adele is a very popular and experienced speaker and is a regular presenter at conferences around the world, and I know her talk to the COBIS delegates was very well received.

Both conferences finished with excellent black tie dinners, wonderful ways to round off great events. At ISA, I was fortunate to be sat on a table with, amongst others, Bryan Maybee, president of the ISA and author of Pro Liberis (see last week’s post), and Graham Gorton, chairman of the ISA.

Graham gave a stirring opening address to delegates on the first day of the conference, extolling the need for schools to allow children to flourish as individuals and not be robbed of “the very essence of childhood by constantly judging their development against a target-driven educational system…”

Two very different conferences, but both fantastic opportunities to reinforce our support of the independent and international education sectors.

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