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Leadership webinar: setting up an international school (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Why are so many independent schools opening up international versions of their educational provision? Can academies and other state schools follow suit?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Colin Bell, CEO of the Council for British International Schools.

    We will discuss how you can identify the potential for an overseas school and examine the pros and cons.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on February 23 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Colin and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.


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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to the seventh in our series of webchats aimed at school leaders.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Colin Bell who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions on how you can identify the potential for an overseas school.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.




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  3. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat between Andrew Maiden and Colin Bell, who is the CEO of the Council of British International Schools. We'll be talking about how to set up an international school. Please feel free to post a question at any time, and refresh your page to see new posts.
    Welcome, Colin. Is there a blueprint for successfully setting up an international school? If so, what would this involve?
     
  4. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Hi Andrew, great to be connecting with you on this subject. No specific 'one size fits all' blueprint exists as each new international school project is unique. However, there are cetrtainly checklist items which projects of this nature should consider such as - location, curriculum choice, assessment methods, staffing structure, legal structures, business model etc...
     
  5. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Can an international school be set up almost anywhere or do you need a particular kind of community in order to establish one?
     
  6. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    As part of a robust research and planning stage, a potential market of families and students needs to be identified. Plus the area needs to have the potential to support a new school venture eg, not a saturated market
     
  7. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Is a key part of market research trying to identify where expats are predominant?
     
  8. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Yes, this is part of the research process, however with continuing movement of global labour, British expats are not the only source of student population who will benefit from a high quality British international school education. About 10 years ago, approxinmately 80% of students at British international schools were British expats, this number has reduced to around 20%
     
  9. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    At what stage should a school inform its parents about the proposed project?
     
  10. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    From experience, most schools communicate plans to parents once the senior leadership team and governors have bought into the project and initial scoping exercises have taken place. The message should be to reassure, offer some evidence and to launch an exciting project as it moves into its next planning phase
     
  11. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What forms of schools are there?
     
  12. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Good question. There are franchise models, joint ventures, solely owned models. Arrangements differ in terms of control. For example, British schools setting up overseas, under their own name, should be very careful to manage curriculum, academic standards and staffing choices - other areas need to be considered too
     
  13. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Once the project gets the green light, how long does it usually take until the doors of the new school open?
     
  14. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    On average the time frame for this would be about 18 months
     
  15. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Where should a school look to secure outside funding and investment?
     
  16. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Many options exist, however many schools have drawn on existing contacts and stakeholders, some of which are through expansive alumni networks. Investors can also be found through venture capatalist networks. It's important to remember to build into any finacial and project plan the potential to exit if the project is no longer going to succeed
     
  17. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What is the attraction for prospective parents overseas to a British international school?
     
  18. Colin_Bell

    Colin_Bell New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    The high quality of education, excellent teachers, support staff, leaders and the ethos of an excellent British school overseas are the main attractions. Preparing students for HE, employability and taking on lifelong responsibilities with a positive, respectful and multicultural approach to life and diversity are also other key attractions
     
  19. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Finally, where should schools turn for more information?
     
  20. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    What is the best strategy for marketing a new International School?

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