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Governance & Risk

Supporting international school leadership

Governance foundations course

As we outline in our ECIS Effective Governance quality standards and in our tome Governance in International Schools, trustees and governors, in partnership with the head of school, play a critical leadership role in international schools. Effective practices, policies, and behaviours at the governance level comprise an essential part of the foundation of stable and strong international schools, and that holds true whether we are considering not-for-profit or for-profit governing boards.



The Advanced Governance Webinars move the conversation about governance beyond basic training for new
governors/trustees. We focus on four areas that are critical to success, but and also have the potential to create significant problems when done poorly. Each is a stand-alone webinar, but we suggest that you view all four as a complete
package. The goal is to offer information which will lead to thoughtful conversations in your board room and inform good governance practice in a new way.

Medical insurance cover

Educational Services Worldwide (ESW) is a company committed to provide international schools and educators with unrivalled medical insurance coverage of the highest quality, at a reasonable cost, wherever they are and suitable to their needs. ESW’s customized EdMed plan provides international schools with comprehensive health insurance coverage and dedicated service, tailored to their needs. In our partnership with ECIS, we will extend a 5% discount to ECIS member schools who are not already using our services.

Risk Mitigation: Field Trip Support

International SOS is our global partner in providing risk mitigation services to schools, including affordable medical, safety and security planning; preventative programmes; in-country expertise and emergency response for more than 9,000 clients worldwide. They support hundreds of educational institutions globally to achieve their unique security, health and safety goals.

Risk Mitigation: Emergency planning management software

TOTALITY™: A CLOUD-HOSTED EMERGENCY PLANNING MANAGEMENT (EPM) PLATFORM.

TOTALITY™ assists and guides Campus Resiliency Teams (also known as Crisis Management Teams, Emergency Response Teams, etc.) in the building and management of emergency action plans and organizational resiliency. The TOTALITY™ mobile app allows schools to create an interdependent CRT emergency communication group for quick action emergency responses.

Advisory services

The global pandemic has challenged us all to re-examine even the most basic aspects of delivering quality education to our students and presented unprecedented challenges across our entire world. So, we have teamed up with Enrusk—a group of highly experienced experts who live to create, connect, and innovate to provide a valuable Advisory Service.

Governance short courses

Brief, knowledge-rich courses on holding management accountable; the relationship between the board and the head of school; the board’s role in strategy-making; and current parent board members. The Advanced Governing Webinars move the conversation about governance beyond basic training for new governors/trustees. We focus on four areas that are critical to success, but and also have the potential to create significant problems when done poorly. Each is a stand-alone webinar but we suggest that you view all four as a complete package. The goal is to offer information which will lead to thoughtful conversations in your board room and inform good governance practice in a new way.

Child protection training for governors and owners

Establishing a successful safeguarding culture in a school results from professional learning that includes everyone who works in or for a school — from teaching staff through school leadership and governing stakeholders. This course meets accreditation and/or inspection requirements to demonstrate that the board of governors (trustees) and owners (if applicable) are cognisant of their role in protecting children.