The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) has inducted Olashore International School into its association. The school was recognized for its outstanding education programmes which are backed by strong policies to ensure that children are kept safe and secure at all times, hence the induction. The induction took place at a one day conference on the effective use of assessment data, as organized by COBIS and GL Education.
Olashore International School’s recognition stemmed from its series of academic activities, nurturing children to their full potentials in other skills, and in developing twenty first century leaders. In addition to its new membership to COBIS, the school had won several awards. At the conference, the principal of the school spoke on ‘Data in a Nigerian Context: A Case Study’.
Speaking on the induction of the school, the Principal of the School, Mr Derek Smith, stated: “We are proud to have been inducted into the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). It’s all about hard work and the standard that we set for the school. Developing global leaders for the 21st Century is at the core of everything we do at Olashore International School. It was with this sense of pride that the school was recognized by two leading international education organizations this year.
“In February, the school gained the International School Award from the British Council. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of the school to integrating international work into the curriculum. In addition to receiving the International School Award this year the school was also inducted into membership of COBIS. For Olashore, leading on the global stage and leading within Nigeria go hand in hand. In June this year, I received an award on behalf of the school from the British Council in recognition of the work done over the past two years in developing the British Council Schools Network in Nigeria. This group works with the British Council to support schools offering international examinations in Nigeria; ensuring that young Nigerians are well prepared to excel in these examinations. Also in June, the Principal took over the Presidency of AISEN (Association of International School Educators in Nigeria). Olashore is one of the founding schools of the association and through this has taken a lead in developing teacher training activities for schools across Nigeria. Olashore has been working with GL Education of the UK since 2014 to ensure each child is nurtured to their full potential through the use of standardized assessment to measure achievement, ability and attitude at every level in the school. The 2016 assessments showed that Olashore students are developing their cognitive abilities, critical thinking skills, at a significantly higher rate than students in schools across the globe. Olashore has worked with GL education this year to share the ways that this data can be used to drive school improvement. As a result, the Principal and Vice-Principal were invited to speak at a COBIS/GL Education conference in Lagos to share this opportunity with other Nigerian Schools”
COBIS is one of the world’s leading international school associations with members in 75 countries, 264 Schools, 15,000 teachers and 180 Supporting Members. At the COBIS conference, delegates of various attending schools gained insight into the use of data to support teaching and learning as well as support senior leaders in the development of strategic school development plans and in providing evidence for accreditations. International Schools in Nigeria had case study materials as well as hands-on guidance in data analysis from current practitioners and assessment experts.