Support for international schools
CfBT provides support services to international schools to assist improvement and enhance learning outcomes for students.
CfBT is particularly well placed to assist international schools, those schools worldwide that offer an international curriculum to their students. As both a UK-based organisation and a global organisation, we are able to draw on a wealth of current expertise and experience in the field of international school education. With extensive international experience and offices in the UK, south-east Asia, India, the Gulf, and Africa, we are well positioned to provide support for school improvement in some of the most dynamic markets for international schools.
We provide a comprehensive range of services to international schools including:
- management services, assisting in school start-up and the ongoing management of schools in partnership with proprietors
- accreditation and inspection services, benchmarking school quality against high international standards
- education consultancy services, across the complete range of curriculum, teaching and school management issues.
For more information about the range of ways that we can work in partnership with school proprietors to assist in the management of international schools, see Working in partnership with private schools.
Accreditation and inspection services
CfBT is one of the world's leading agencies in the field of school quality review. We support the improvement of international schools through two key evaluation services.
ISQM: the International School Quality Mark
CfBT awards ISQM accreditation to schools that demonstrate performance against recognised international standards based on expectations of good practice. The award of ISQM is granted on a three-year basis. Central to the ISQM process is the work of an assigned consultant, who works closely with the school on school improvement. For more information about ISQM, see Accreditation with ISQM.
IBSO: the Inspection of British Schools Overseas
CfBT is authorised by the UK government to undertake BSO inspections of schools worldwide that have a British character and follow a British curriculum. These inspections are quality assured by Ofsted: the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills for England. For more information about BSO inspections, see Inspecting British schools overseas.
Education consultancy services
We can provide a variety of educational services for international schools. Often the starting point for our consultancy is a focus on school self evaluation. Assisting a school to know itself better and to make more effective use of its resources is necessarily central to the process of school improvement.
While our expertise is global, we are particularly well placed to support international schools that have a British style. Our central role in the UK education system means that we can readily assist British schools worldwide to keep abreast of educational thinking in the UK. We inspect private and government schools throughout northern England. We run the school improvement service in Lincolnshire. We manage a growing group of academies in southern England. As a result we can draw upon substantial expertise when providing support for British schools overseas.
Although we can meet very specific short term needs, our preference is for strategic partnership with schools over time. Examples of areas where we provide consultancy include:
- working with the school board and senior leaders to review and develop a school's vision and strategic direction
- reviewing learning outcomes and identifying steps needed to raise standards and achievements for students of all abilities
- providing coaching and training for school leaders and governing bodies.