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Keynote Speaker

We are proud to confirm Professor John Hattie, a world-renowned researcher in education, will be keynoting this year’s conference. Professor John Hattie will also be available throughout Thursday 6th October at the conference in Dubai to meet 1-to-1. John Hattie is a researcher in education. His research interests include performance indicators, models of measurement and evaluation of teaching and learning. He became known to a wider public with his two books Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers. Visible Learning is a synthesis of more than 1,850 meta-studies of over 108,000 studies involving more than 300 million students.  Through the Visible LearningTM research, John Hattie has identified 320 factors that influence student achievement. He then set about calculating a score or “effect size” for each, according to its bearing on student achievement. The average effect size of these 320 factors was 0.4, a marker that can be shown to represents an (average) year’s growth per year of schooling for a student. Any factor that has an effect size above 0.4 has an even greater positive effect on student learning. According to John Hattie Visible Learning is the result of nearly 30 years of research about what works best for learning in schools. TES once called him “possibly the world’s most influential education academic”. John Hattie has been Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. Before, he was Project Director of asTTle and Professor of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, Canada.

4 Conference Streams

Teaching & Learning

This stream will explore and discuss all the latest trends, innovation and developments in Teaching & Learning, whilst also providing opportunities and solutions to overcome key challenges. Key discussion topics will include: the science of teaching and learning; approaches to assessment; student-centered learning; and the importance of positive schools.

Wellbeing & Inclusion

This stream will focuses on the importance of student wellbeing and whole-school inclusion to impact learning inside and outside the classroom, and how to successfully meet the needs of all learners through effective interventions, rigorous safeguarding strategies, and better social and emotional support.

Leadership & Workforce

This stream will explore and share best practice for middle and senior leaders on how to successfully develop and lead a team; how to maximise the impact of professional learning to retain skilled staff; and most importantly, how to lead with empathy and foster resilience across the board.

Management & EdTech

This stream will be dedicated to solutions and strategies to drive sustainable school improvement; from how to maximise the impact of your Marketing, Operations and Finance departments, to how to consolidate, simplify and rationalise EdTech for effective school management.


Outstanding Schools is the premium events provider for the international schools sector, in Europe, Middle East and Asia, producing highly targeted, content-rich CPD conferences, training, and forums.

Outstanding Schools Middle East is the oldest and largest conference in the series. Over 200 research calls are conducted with school leaders from the region each year to ensure the conference content is useful, practical and engaging. In such exciting but turbulent times, never has it been more important to connect and learn from each other’s experiences.

Outstanding Schools offers a unique environment for school leaders and experts to come together and learn from one another. Through bold keynotes, radical case studies and highly practical workshops, our conferences are sure to provide the inspiration and guidance for innovation in the international education sector. We focus on 4 key areas for school leaders: Teaching & Learning; Wellbeing & Inclusion; Leadership & Workforce; and Management & Edtech.

Outstanding Schools is owned by Partnership Media Group, which has been serving the UK public sector and central government with exhibitions, conferences and training for 25 years. It’s portfolio includes the Schools and Academies Show with its 10,000 exhibition visitors, the National SEND Conference, Pupil Premium Conference and hundreds of soft-skills training courses.


The discussions by experts are meaningful and there are always practical ideas to implement and take away.
Asma SiddiquiGEMS Westminster School Ras Al Khaimah
A rich vein of expertise sharing concepts and thinking that was pertinent, insightful and relevant. Shared experiences engaged my thinking, along with a desire to explore alternative concepts in engaging with Professional Learning and Development. OS provided the perfect platform with a rich virtual experience for delegates to connect with other like-minded educators.
David BryanInternational School of London, Qatar
Lots of great speakers with great discussions
Frances LennonKuwait English School
A thoroughly engaging range of speakers with the most up-to-date theory and practice in the world of education. A must for educational leaders
Helen Moloy, Assistant Principal – Research, Development and InnovationGEMS Dubai American Academy
It was a great conference. Well planned and valuable to all educators.
Justin Kirby, Director of Curriculum and InstructionGEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi
Congratulations for organising and curating an excellent online conference. It was a privilege and a pleasure to be involved. Well done!
Kai Vacher, PrincipalBritish School Muscat
There was a good variety of topics, great networking opportunities and the platform was user friendly.
Lilli AudehKing's Academy Jordan
It was a life-changing experience. I got so many ideas and best practices to use in my classroom in the face to face teaching or remotely
Mohammed Abo HassanMinistry of Education, Bahrain
A pleasure to present alongside so many amazing people - I was truly inspired! Thank you for all your organisation
Philippa Wraithmell, Head of Digital Technology & InnovationCranleigh Abu Dhabi

Skills & Knowledge for School Staff

All Outstanding Schools Middle East conferences, forums and training are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified. Signed certificates are available upon request.

The Outstanding Schools Middle East 2022 conference will deliver over 30 hours of CPD certified content.