This conference is exactly what leaders in education have been waiting for. The topics covered were thought provoking with engaging speakers and professionals from the region. It is the first conference I have attended where the ‘norms’ were truly challenged, forcing principals and other leaders to really consider the practice taking place within their international schools.
Siobhan Brady
Siobhan BradyPrincipalInternational Community School – Al Falah
Truly inspirational! So many incredible speakers and peers. It lives up to it’s name “outstanding”. Reminds us of what we are all doing this for!
Dalia Elguindy
Dalia ElguindyHead of Expressive ArtsEthos International School
Mind blowing – I don’t know how you fit so much inspirational content into such a short space of time. My biggest problem will be finding a way to prioritise implementation of so many new ideas.
Peter Astbury
Peter AstburyHead of High SchoolTransylvania College
It has been exceptionally thought-provoking with the keynotes speakers, enlisting great take-aways. Round table discussions were valuable to share best practices.
Shameem Manuel
Shameem ManuelHead of Elementary Bloom Education
Overwhelming amount of incredible useful information. I don’t know where to start when I get back. Thank you!
Jon Turner
Jon TurnerVice-Principal, Academics Baobab College
Outstanding Schools Middle East was a significantly meaningful and professional conference that attracted an incredible amount of experience and expertise from all around the world. It provided perfectly designed conditions for people to connect, share and learn. There was a high standard of thought provoking and motivating sessions and a great balance between research and application relevant for current complexities in education. It was an honour to keynote and attend this event.
Andrea Downie
Andrea DownieCo-founding DirectorProject Thrive Australia
A well-organised and insightful event that provided a significant opportunity to network and share good practices.
Shagufa Kidwai
Shagufa KidwaiPrincipalPristine Private School
It was a pleasure to be part of the first face-to-face Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference. As part of the Steering Committee, it was excellent to see the discussions that we had come to life in this wonderful and very relevant conference. Held in an excellent venue, with world-renowned keynote speakers and panel discussions and roundtable conversations lead by leading international school leaders from across the region, the conference provided outstanding insight and update on the relevant issues and challenges faced by international schools. The vibrant discussions, networking with colleagues and input from exhibitors supplemented the workshop sessions and keynote addresses and made for an excellent conference experience in an exquisite venue.
Matthew Topliss
Matthew ToplissPrincipalEl Alsson British International School
It was indeed a pleasure to be involved in the event. Such fantastic speakers offering such insight. Thank you for all the hard work in pulling together the event.
Tarek Alami
Tarek AlamiRegional Director - MENAEducation Development Trust
The discussions by experts are meaningful and there are always practical ideas to implement and take away.
Asma Siddiqui
Asma SiddiquiTeaching & Learning CoachGEMS Westminster School - Ras Al Khaimah
It was a great conference. Well planned and valuable to all educators.
Justin Kirby
Justin KirbyDirector of Curriculum and InstructionGEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi
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 Hassan
Mohammed Abo HassanMinistry of Education, Bahrain
It was a great learning experience. The keynotes were excellent. Provided opportunities for networking.
Fareeha Ahmad
Fareeha AhmadDirector Education DevelopmentBeaconhouse Primary School
Lots of great speakers with great discussions.
Frances Lennon
Frances LennonHead of Year 5Kuwait English School
Very worthwhile, I have learned a lot.
Anita Kirkup
Anita KirkupPrincipalEmirates National Schools
I had a fantastic time speaking and participating at the Outstanding Schools conference in Dubai. The speakers were insightful and the roundtables offered great networking opportunities. I wished I had brought my team to open them up to the professional development possibilities at the conference.
Raya Bidshahri
Raya BidshahriFounder and CEOSchool of Humanity
Very proud to be part of such an exciting two days. Brilliant experience.
Marie Thake
Marie ThakeDirector and People Development ConsultantTruly Inspired
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
Helen MoloyAssistant Principal – Research, Development and InnovationGEMS Dubai American Academy
A pleasure to present alongside so many amazing people - I was truly inspired! Thank you for all your organisation.
Philippa Wraithmell
Philippa WraithmellHead of Digital Technology & InnovationCranleigh Abu Dhabi
I thought the format was excellent. I found it very valuable, I really enjoyed myself. I really liked the flipped concept. It was great to have the freedom to choose, to tap in and out of sessions before joining the roundtables at the main event.
Robin Cummings
Robin CummingsHead of Primary MathsThe Sultan's School, Oman
It has been a truly mind shifting event.
Christopher Mckenzie
Christopher MckenzieAcademic DirectorAl-forsan International School
The Outstanding Schools conference series is an ideal setting to network with colleagues around the world. As an academic institution, Wilkes University was warmly welcomed by organizers, delegates, and fellow exhibitors. Sessions were well-organized and offered highly relevant content to practitioners serving in a wide variety of organizational roles, including classroom teachers, middle and senior level leadership, and researchers. We are already looking forward to reconnecting with our new friends in Dubai 2023!
Ty Frederickson
Ty FredericksonAssistant Professor in the School of Education and Department of Doctoral Educational LeadershipWilkes University
Fantastic speakers. Thanks for organising!
Kate Griggs
Kate GriggsFounderMadeByDyslexia
An honour to lead so many professionals through a roundtable - thank you!
Olivia Roth
Olivia RothCEOBritish Schools in the Middle East
Very thought provoking presentations. Great opportunity to network. Well organised.
Trudie Masterson
Trudie MastersonSchool Principal New Cairo British International School


Outstanding Schools is committed to bringing together senior international school leaders, dedicated educators, stakeholders, and inspirational thought-leaders from international schools across the Middle East. We are dedicated to fostering dialogue and collaboration within the global education sector.


Thank you for being part of our journey to enhance international education. Explore our website to learn more about the resources we offer to empower educators, and to register your interest for the Outstanding Schools Middle East 2024 conference.












Leadership & Workforce

Learn how to lead effectively in a rapidly evolving sector, how to create equitable leadership opportunities, & explore best practices for recruiting and retaining outstanding teaching talent.

Wellbeing & Inclusion

Explore whole-school inclusion and safeguarding strategies to improve your school community, intersectional approaches to DEIJB, & how to safeguard staff and students’ wellbeing.

EdTech & School Management

Discover how AI will impact the future of education, as well as strategies for activating alumni & safeguarding against cyberthreats. Explore best practices for operating sustainably & effectively establishing new schools in the region.

Teaching & Learning

Establish strategies for outstanding EAL provision, discuss how to embed emerging digital technologies within your pedagogical practice, & cross-curricula approaches to environmental education.


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 conference will deliver over 30 hours of CPD certified content.