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The Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference took place on the 12-14 October 2021. It brought to together school leaders and practitioners from across the Gulf and the rest of the world, to discuss solutions to current challenges and to explore new opportunities that lie ahead, whilst continuing to support and accelerate students opportunities to learn, grow and to achieve success.

OSME2021 Conference Agendas

  • Teaching & Learning (Day 1)
  • Wellbeing & Inclusion (Day 1)
  • Leadership & Management (Day 2)
  • Workforce & CPD (Day 2)
  • Workshops (Day 3)
8:40 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Reframing the Narrative on Learning Loss
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:10 am
Keynote Presentation: Maximising Learning and Impact - Lessons from the Pandemic

The updated Visible Learning story:

This session will discuss the updates to the many new meta-analyses to develop the fundamental VL story, specifically address the impact of teachers, mindframes, look closer within classrooms, and end with a focus on learning.

Professor John Hattie
Professor John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, and Author
Visible Learning
Confirmed
10:10 am
15 Minute Break
10:25 am
Facilitated Networking Session
10:40 am
Panel Discussion: Fostering a Growth Mindset and Embedding Metacognition Across Teaching and Learning
  • Discussing the importance of metacognitive questioning and dialogue, and self-regulated learning to build independent, confident, and creative thinkers
  • Considering how technology can enhance the development of metacognition, particularly with regards to blended teaching and learning
  • Discussing effective techniques to nurture and integrate a growth mindset to affect organisational change and result in deep learning and outstanding performance for students and staff
Dr Neil Hopkin
Dr Neil Hopkin
Executive Principal
Fortes Education, Dubai
Confirmed
Joelle Basnight
Joelle Basnight
High School Principal
American International School Chennai, India
Confirmed
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
Robert Cody
Robert Cody
Head of School
ACS International School Doha, Qatar
Confirmed
11:30 am
Presentation: Learning With Confidence - Nurturing the Growth of 21st Century Skills
  • Sharing Cranleigh’s curriculum transformation journey, from a traditional model of education to a forward-looking and student-centred learning approach
  • Discussing the process of implementing a skills-based curriculum, focusing on equipping students with the necessary skills to thrive in the future of work, such as flexibility, complex problem-solving, cross-cultural and globally aware skills
  • Highlighting key practical skills and takeaways from this curriculum-mapping journey in order to set high expectations while still building confidence and delivering an outstanding student experience
Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson
Principal
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, UAE
Confirmed
12:00 pm
15 Minute Break
12:15 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

 

  • Roundtable A: Supporting the Transition from Primary to Secondary, and from Online to In-Person Learning

FACILITATOR: Katie Tomlinson, Head of Primary, Sri KDU International School, Malaysia 

 

  • Roundtable B: Effectively Engaging and Involving Parents in the Education of Their Children

FACILITATOR: Gillian Hammond, Principal, Repton Abu Dhabi

 

Katie Tomlinson
Katie Tomlinson
Head of Primary
Sri KDU International School, Malaysia
Confirmed
Gillian Hammond
Gillian Hammond
Principal
Repton School Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Presentation: Unleashing the Science of Learning to Deliver More Impactful Teaching
  • Explore the key principles of the science of learning and its impact on teaching: how to get children to love and engage in education through simple yet powerful teaching methods every practices in the classroom
  • Learn how to use evidence and knowledge to make learning meaningful and foster student’s application of knowledge in a variety of academic settings
  • Understand how the top performing students learn: how is modern cognitive psychology improving teaching and learning?
Ian Kelleher
Ian Kelleher
Dreyfuss Chair of Research
The Centre for Transformative Teaching and Learning, USA
Confirmed
1:50 pm
Presentation: Measuring and Maximising the Impact of Personalised and Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • The impact of highly personalised and deeply engaging learning experiences on class engagement and student progress.
  • Exploring whether the quality of education can be improved through Unlimited Learning Ecosystem with personalised processes, skills-based training, and developing the individual competencies of each student.
  • How to create personalised, targeted learning experiences and methodologies that empower learners and promote critical learning skills, build habits that promote lifelong learning, and offer support for the whole education community
  • Can AI-based technology genuinely support an inclusive education adapted to all interests and learning abilities
Can Mindek
Can Mindek
Regional Manager
ODILO
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Joint Q&A Session
2:20 pm
10 Minute Break
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Measuring Knowledge vs. Measuring Learning – What Does Student Success Look Like?
  • Discussing the principles of mastery-based and performance-based learning: are we teaching students what they need to succeed in the post-pandemic digital world?
  • Exploring viable, fair and responsive assessment approaches to monitor the progress and review learning outcomes of all pupils in a specific setting
  • Championing forward-focused feedback and student agency to enable deeper and more meaningful learning to take place through the right challenge and pace
Paul Gardner
Paul Gardner
Former Deputy Head of Secondary, Deira International School, and Vice Principal
Methodist College Belfast, UK
Confirmed
Kerry Moore
Kerry Moore
Head Assessment and Data 
Malvern College, Egypt
Confirmed
Professor Bill Lucas
Professor Bill Lucas
Co-Founder, Rethinking Assessment; and Director
Centre for Real-World Learning, University of Winchester
Confirmed
Edward Smith
Edward Smith
International Markets
Kognity
Confirmed
3:20 pm
10 Minute Break
3:30 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’.  

  • Roundtable A: Teacher-Centred vs Student-Centred Learning: How to Impact Student Attainment Through Agency, Autonomy and Creativity

FACILITATOR: Christelle Lonez, Primary School Principal, International School of Geneva, Switzerland

 

  • Roundtable B: Delivering an Engaging and Innovative STEM Curriculum with Limited Resources

FACILITATOR: Vaughan Lewis, Assistant Principal, Qatar Academy for Science and Technology

Christelle Lonez
Christelle Lonez
Primary School Principal
International School of Geneva, Switzerland
Confirmed
Vaughan Lewis
Vaughan Lewis
Assistant Principal
Qatar Academy for Science and Technology
Confirmed
4:15 pm
5 Minute Break
4:20 pm
Keynote Presentation: A Curriculum of Hope - Building a Curriculum that Meets the Needs of the Future
  • How can good curriculum design empower schools to build bridges between their pupils’ learning and the world around them?
  • How can schools teach the skills required for students to thrive in a 21st century society and in the world of work by delivering learning experiences that genuinely link knowledge to life?
  • How can we realign school goals with what research shows parents, children, and teachers actually care about?
Dr Debra Kidd
Dr Debra Kidd
Associate, Independent Thinking Ldt; Author
A Curriculum of Hope: As Rich In Humanity as in Knowledge
Confirmed
4:50 pm
Closing Keynote Presentation: Why Formative Assessment Needs to be the Priority for Every School

Education matters, for individuals and for society. However, most of the policies that have been pursued have been directed at the kinds of schools that students attend—policies that, even when well implemented (which most are not) would have limited impact on student achievement.

What matters for student achievement is what happens inside the classroom, and what matters most is the quality of interaction between students and teachers; teachers finding out what their students know, and making appropriate adjustments to their instruction as a result.

Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
University College London
Confirmed
5:20 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

8:40 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Reframing the Narrative on Learning Loss
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:10 am
Keynote Presentation: Maximising Learning and Impact - Lessons from the Pandemic

The updated Visible Learning story:

This session will discuss the updates to the many new meta-analyses to develop the fundamental VL story, specifically address the impact of teachers, mindframes, look closer within classrooms, and end with a focus on learning.

Professor John Hattie
Professor John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, and Author
Visible Learning
Confirmed
10:10 am
10 Minute Break
10:25 am
Facilitated Networking Session
10:40 am
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

 

  • Roundtable A: Supporting Student Mental Health Needs Through Early, Targeted Interventions

FACILITATOR: Piet Jansen, Director of International Relations, Yes We Can Youth Clinics

 

  • Roundtable B: Maximising Pastoral Data Collection and Analysis to Inform Teaching Practice and Curriculum Design

FACILITATOR: Phil Mathe, Director of Sport, Brighton College Al Ain 

Piet Jansen
Piet Jansen
Managing Director
Yes We Can Youth Clinics, Netherlands
Confirmed
Phil Mathe
Phil Mathe
Director of Sport
Brighton College Al Ain
Confirmed
11:25 am
Keynote Presentation: Promoting an Inclusive Classroom Environment
  • Understanding the barriers to effective learning and creating the conditions to promote equity and ensure progress for all students
  • Emphasising the importance of effective differentiation to meet individual learning needs, and understanding what school leaders can do to ensure all teachers differentiate correctly
  • Sharing evidence-based guidance and solutions that school leaders can implement to ensure that progress happens for all students, from the most vulnerable to the high-achievers
Daniel Sobel
Daniel Sobel
Author, The Inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to Differentiation; and CEO
Inclusion Expert
Confirmed
12:00 pm
15 Minute Break
12:15 pm
The Safeguarding Conversation: Taking a Proactive Approach to Safeguarding – The Importance of Getting It Right
  • What are the key factors that international schools need to consider in order to sensitively and responsibly prevent harm to those in their care?
  • What type of pastoral support should international schools be delivering, and what are some practices that can cause more harm than good?
  • What can school leaders do to build their school’s safeguarding credibility through secure, effective and efficient methods for the recording, reporting and management of all safeguarding, child protection and wellbeing concerns of students
Mike Glanville
Mike Glanville
Chief Safeguarding Officer
The Safeguarding Company (formerly One Team Logic)
Confirmed
Alka Maher
Alka Maher
Middle High School Counsellor and Designated Safeguarding Lead
ACS International School Doha, Qatar
Confirmed
Luke Ramsden
Luke Ramsden
Senior Deputy Headmaster and Senior Safeguarding Lead
St Benedict's School, UK
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Embedding a Whole-School Approach to Wellbeing and Social and Emotional Learning
  • Prioritising mental wellbeing as a whole-school responsibility and sharing practical guidance to integrating social and emotional learning in the classroom
  • Exploring the benefits of mindfulness on teaching and learning and sharing evidence-based best practice on how to effectively develop and integrate mindfulness in schools
  • Highlighting the most effective and creative ways of integrating SEL in the classroom, for example through frameworks that enable students to understand and manage their emotions, set positive goals and maintain healthy relationships
Balqees Al Hassani
Balqees Al Hassani
President, Knoweldge Oman and Head of Wellbeing
Al Sahwa Schools Oman
Confirmed
Dr Kayleigh Sumner
Dr Kayleigh Sumner
Educational Psychologist, and Head of Positive Education and Wellbeing
Regent International School, Dubai
Confirmed
Iain Driscoll
Iain Driscoll
Deputy Head - Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead
King's College Doha, Qatar
Confirmed
Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Dr Joe Thurbon, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Educator Impact
Confirmed
2:20 pm
10 Minute Break
2:30 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

 

  • Roundtable A: Identifying Effective Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction for Gifted and Talented Pupils Based on the Level of Need and Capability

FACILITATOR: Cynthia Bolton, Head of Gifted Education, Qatar Foundation

 

  • Roundtable B: Developing Happy and Productive Students Through an Enhanced Wellbeing Framework and Character-Building Initiatives

FACILITATOR: Tom Hadcroft, Senior Vice Principal, DLD College London

 

  • Roundtable C: Sharing Culturally Appropriate Approaches to Inclusion and Parent Communication

FACILITATOR: Louise Dawson, Former Head of Inclusion, Jumeirah College Dubai and Founder, Louise Dawson Educational Services

Cynthia Bolton
Cynthia Bolton
Head of Gifted Education
Qatar Foundation
Confirmed
Tom Hadcroft
Tom Hadcroft
Senior Vice-Principal
DLD College London
Confirmed
Louise Dawson
Louise Dawson
Former Head of Inclusion, Jumeirah College; and Founder
Louise Dawson Educational Services
Confirmed
3:15 pm
10 Minute Break
3:25 pm
Panel Discussion: How Best to Remove Barriers to Education for Students with Learning Support Needs
  • Discussing what strategies and approaches are most effective in delivering support provision whilst meeting the online learning needs of the student
  • Exploring how technology and AI can help support learning needs through identification, assessment and tailored intervention during blended teaching and learning
  • Considering the role of training and teacher CPD in improving SEN provision
Dr Sarah Benson
Dr Sarah Benson
Programme Director, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN)
University of Birmingham, Dubai
Confirmed
Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee
Deputy Headteacher and Head of Inclusion
International Community School Amman, Jordan
Confirmed
Ginette Moore
Ginette Moore
Head of Inclusion
The Aquila School
Confirmed
Martha Currie
Martha Currie
Co-Founder and Clinical Director
Mable
Confirmed
4:15 pm
5 Minute Break
4:20 pm
Keynote Presentation: A Curriculum of Hope - Building a Curriculum that Meets the Needs of the Future
  • How can good curriculum design empower schools to build bridges between their pupils’ learning and the world around them?
  • How can schools teach the skills required for students to thrive in a 21st century society and in the world of work by delivering learning experiences that genuinely link knowledge to life?
  • How can we realign school goals with what research shows parents, children, and teachers actually care about?
Dr Debra Kidd
Dr Debra Kidd
Associate, Independent Thinking Ldt; Author
A Curriculum of Hope: As Rich In Humanity as in Knowledge
Confirmed
4:50 pm
Closing Keynote Presentation: Why Formative Assessment Needs to be the Priority for Every School

Education matters, for individuals and for society. However, most of the policies that have been pursued have been directed at the kinds of schools that students attend—policies that, even when well implemented (which most are not) would have limited impact on student achievement.

What matters for student achievement is what happens inside the classroom, and what matters most is the quality of interaction between students and teachers; teachers finding out what their students know, and making appropriate adjustments to their instruction as a result.

Professor Dylan Wiliam
Professor Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment
University College London
Confirmed
5:20 pm

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
9:15 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: From Crisis to Opportunity - Boosting Education Systems and Practices Across the Middle East
  • Exploring the current education landscape across the Middle East and discussing areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past year
  • Education changed: preparing for the possibility of a permanently blended school environment, and discussing what school leaders need to consider to ensure a sustainable future for all stakeholders
  • Discussing opportunities to further harness the potential of technology to drive effective change and improvement in school management and operations
Dr Natasha Ridge
Dr Natasha Ridge
Founding Executive Director
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Confirmed
Sir Christopher Stone
Sir Christopher Stone
Senior Education Advisor
GEMS Education
Confirmed
Professor Payyazhi Jayashree
Professor Payyazhi Jayashree
Dean, Faculty of Business
University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
Lucy Alexandra Spencer
Lucy Alexandra Spencer
Managing Director
Education Boutique (part of the Eteach Group)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Maximising Strategic Planning Effectiveness to Create the Conditions for Outstanding Education
  • Outlining the importance of creating a strong business strategy and vision for the future that enables agile and dynamic transformation during uncertain times
  • Building organisational resilience and emerging stronger using a robust change management approach, and adopting a ‘preparedness leadership’ mindset
  • Transforming and strengthening the international school culture to support learning in an environment that promotes cooperation, respect, collaborative decision-making and communication
Brendan Law
Brendan Law
Director General
MiSK Schools, Riyadh
Confirmed
Poonam Bhojani
Poonam Bhojani
CEO
Innoventures
Confirmed
Nilay Özral
Nilay Özral
CEO
Bloom Education
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
11:20 am
Data Update: The Trends Driving Forward International Schools in the Middle East

In this presentation, Nalini Cook, Head of EMEA Research at ISC Research shares some of the latest trends and data identified by ISC Research that are driving forward the international schools market in the Middle East including priorities around teaching and learning, wellbeing and CPD.

Nalini Cook
Nalini Cook
Head of EMEA Research
ISC Research
Confirmed
11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

  • Roundtable A: Looking at Accreditations Through a School Improvement Lens: What to Expect and How to Get Them Right

FACILITATOR: David Cole, Principal, British International School of Ukraine 

 

  • Roundtable B: The Road to Executive Management – Effectively Supporting Aspiring Executives in International Schools 

FACILITATOR: Nicola Taylor, Director of Programmes, LLSE

David Cole
David Cole
Principal
British International School of Ukraine
Confirmed
Nicola Taylor
Nicola Taylor
Director of Programmes and Lead Curriculum Designer
Leadership Learning South East (LLSE)
Confirmed
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Assessing and Reviewing Creative Financial Management Strategies to Plan for an Uncertain Future
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of school leaders in setting the climate for financial success whilst keeping learning at the centre of financial decisions
  • Exploring key strategies to creatively safeguard your school’s financial future, and build and sustain financial efficiency across the business
  • Discussing best practice in budgeting, monitoring and control to support long-term financial planning, effectively create financial agility, and implement financial decisions that always follow what is best for student
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Primary School Principal
The International Academy – Amman, Jordan
Confirmed
Mark Leppard MBE
Mark Leppard MBE
Headmaster
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
Stephen Mitchell
Stephen Mitchell
CEO & Founder
Oak Multi-Academy Trust & Keystone Knowledge
Confirmed
Andy Homden
Andy Homden
CEO
Consilium Education
Confirmed
2:05 pm
10 Minute Break
2:15 pm
International Panel Discussion: What Have We as School Leaders Learned from the Pandemic?
  • Discussing how school leaders from different regions have tackled pandemic-related challenges and navigated financial uncertainty, loss of enrolment and staff turnover
  • Exploring how the pandemic has affected school operations across the world and sharing how school leaders are preparing their recovery plans
  • Looking at future developments and priorities for international school leaders across the globe such as demand for private schooling and financial management
Beth Meldrum
Beth Meldrum
Director
Cairo English School, Egypt
Confirmed
Kim Green
Kim Green
Headmaster
International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Confirmed
Dr Michelle Remington
Dr Michelle Remington
Director
The KAUST School, KSA
Confirmed
Anu Monga
Anu Monga
Founder, and Chairperson
The Association of International Schools of India (TAISI)
Confirmed
3:05 pm
10 Minute Break
3:15 pm
Marketing Fireside Chat: Top Tips for Standing Out in a Competitive International School Market
  • Understanding the power of an integrated approach – collaborating between and combining development, marketing, and admissions to deliver value for money
  • Identifying and developing your school’s identity and unique selling proposition to attract prospective staff, parents and students
  • Navigating current marketing trends and exploring low-cost yet cutting-edge, innovative strategies that schools should put into place to market successfully in a competitive sector
  • Communication, communication, communication – sharing simple yet effective ways of engaging and interacting with all stakeholders to maximise satisfaction and enhance your school’s profile
David Willows
David Willows
Director of Advancement
International School Brussels, Belgium
Confirmed
Ruth Burke
Ruth Burke
Principal and CEO
Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai
Confirmed
Samantha Whay-Jenkins MBE
Samantha Whay-Jenkins MBE
Executive Director of Operations
Durham School for Girls, Doha
Confirmed
4:00 pm
10 Minute Break
4:10 pm
Keynote Presentation: Learning for an Interconnected World

In this presentation, Dr Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will share an update on the latest OECD findings, and discuss how schools must adapt their learning provision for an interconnected world. 

4:30 pm
Closing Keynote Panel Discussion: Looking Ahead – What Kind of Schools Do We Need for the Future?
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in international education – discussing practices and principles that schools need to put in place to create the conditions necessary for every individual to thrive
  • Global awareness and international mindedness – understanding the responsibility of schools to create sustainable and nurturing environments in which students and staff alike develop global competency skills to thrive in a complex and uncertain world
  • The challenge and possibilities of professional learning – exploring ways to create opportunities for all educators to access professional development in order to transform their teaching, their classrooms, their schools—and, ultimately, each and every one of their students
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
Jane Larsson
Jane Larsson
Executive Director
Council of International Schools
Confirmed
Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala
Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala
Director of Research and Content Development
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE Qatar)
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
5:15 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
9:15 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: From Crisis to Opportunity - Boosting Education Systems and Practices Across the Middle East
  • Exploring the current education landscape across the Middle East and discussing areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past year
  • Education changed: preparing for the possibility of a permanently blended school environment, and discussing what school leaders need to consider to ensure a sustainable future for all stakeholders
  • Discussing opportunities to further harness the potential of technology to drive effective change and improvement in school management and operations
Dr Natasha Ridge
Dr Natasha Ridge
Founding Executive Director
Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Confirmed
Sir Christopher Stone
Sir Christopher Stone
Senior Education Advisor
GEMS Education
Confirmed
Professor Payyazhi Jayashree
Professor Payyazhi Jayashree
Dean, Faculty of Business
University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
Lucy Alexandra Spencer
Lucy Alexandra Spencer
Managing Director
Education Boutique (part of the Eteach Group)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

 

  • Roundtable A: Embedding Effective Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Practices in Your School

FACILITATOR: Dr Louise Lambert, PhD Editor, Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, Head of Happiness Research and Policy Design, Happiness Matters

 

  • Roundtable B: Turning Teachers into Leaders: Utilising Coaching and Mentoring as a Powerful Tool for Teacher Development

FACILITATOR: Dave Bryan, Deputy Head of School, International School of London, Qatar

 

  • Roundtable C: Stepping into Leadership: Successful Approaches to Supporting Aspiring and Newly Qualified Middle Leaders

FACILITATOR: Simon Walker, Principal, ABA International School Oman

Dr Louise Lambert
Dr Louise Lambert
Editor, Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology and Head of Happiness Research and Policy Design,
Happiness Matters
Confirmed
David Bryan
David Bryan
Deputy Head of School
International School London, Qatar
Confirmed
Simon Walker
Simon Walker
Principal
ABA International School Oman
Confirmed
11:15 am
5 Minute Break
11:20 am
Data Update: The Trends Driving Forward International Schools in the Middle East

In this presentation, Nalini Cook, Head of EMEA Research at ISC Research shares some of the latest trends and data identified by ISC Research that are driving forward the international schools market in the Middle East including priorities around teaching and learning, wellbeing and CPD.

Nalini Cook
Nalini Cook
Head of EMEA Research
ISC Research
Confirmed
11:50 am
Panel Discussion: Leading a High-Performing and Emotionally Intelligent Teaching Workforce
  • Leadership, not management: leading with agility, resilience, and empathy to create an outstanding learning culture
  • Building an emotionally intelligent team based on trust, communication, and positive relationships, that is consequently able to lead better and deliver improved results across the board
  • Rethinking performance appraisals: how autonomy, self-reflection, and accountability can improve staff performance and achieve goals
Dr Maya Alhawary
Dr Maya Alhawary
Director of Planning and Chairman of the Board of Governors
Dubai Carmel School
Confirmed
Zoe Woolley
Zoe Woolley
Headmistress
Repton Al Barsha
Confirmed
Asha Alexander
Asha Alexander
Principal and CEO
GEMS Legacy School, Dubai
Confirmed
Arnna Graham
Arnna Graham
Principal and Head of Professional Learning
Bloom Education
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Lunch Break
1:10 pm
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Delegates have the option to attend one of the following roundtable discussions. All roundtables are delegate-led and ‘video-on’. 

 

  • Roundtable A: Championing Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the International Teaching Profession

FACILITATOR: Natasha Hilton, Strategic Lead, WomenEd, and Head of Primary, Park House English School, Qatar

 

  • Roundtable B: Effectively Supporting Newly Qualified Teachers to Improve Long-Term Satisfaction and Retention.

FACILITATOR: Iain Henderson, Deputy Head (Educational Developments and Partnerships), Wellington College, UK

Natasha Hilton
Natasha Hilton
Strategic Lead, WomenEd, and Head of Primary
Park House English School, Qatar
Confirmed
Iain Henderson
Iain Henderson
Deputy Head (Educational Developments and Partnerships)
Wellington College, UK
Confirmed
2:05 pm
5 Minute Break
2:10 pm
Recruitment Fireside Chat: Recruiting Outstanding International Educators - Lessons from the Pandemic
  • Exploring the changing trends and patterns in international recruitment since the start of the pandemic: what are the key lessons learned and how can this inform the future?
  • Navigating the shortage and high turnover of staff, and overcoming the long-term impacts of Covid-19 on the recruitment of international teachers
  • Creating a robust recruitment and staffing structures in order to effectively support new and existing staff and ensure long-term retention and satisfaction of all stakeholders

 

David Cook
David Cook
Headmaster
Repton School Dubai
Confirmed
Leisa Grace Wilson
Leisa Grace Wilson
Editorial Director
Teach Middle East Magazine
Confirmed
2:45 pm
5 Minute Break
2:50 pm
Presentation: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Female School Leaders
  • Addressing the obstacles that have led to the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership
  • Exploring the enablers to achieving equity in school leadership
  • Discussing how school leaders can support the development and growth of aspiring female leaders
Dr Elise Ecoff
Dr Elise Ecoff
MNT2LEAD, and Group Education Director
Nord Anglia Education
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Panel Discussion: Maximising Professional Development to Train and Retain a Highly Skilled Workforce
  • Championing a personalised, adaptive and holistic approach to teacher education and talent development to successfully harness and enable professional growth and whole-school improvement
  • Creating the conditions for successful professional learning and progression to enhance pedagogical capacity and improve long-term retention within the school
  • Effectively developing, supporting and sustaining professional learning networks within and across schools to improve student outcomes and professional performance
Dr Sergio Pawel
Dr Sergio Pawel
Chief Academic Officer
ISL Group, Qatar
Confirmed
Hilary Hunt
Hilary Hunt
Head of Teaching and Learning
Victoria International School Sharjah
Confirmed
John Bagust
John Bagust
Principal
GEMS Royal Dubai School, UAE
Confirmed
Dang Phan
Dang Phan
Senior Director - Digital Learning
Cognia
Confirmed
4:00 pm
10 Minute Break
4:10 pm
Keynote Presentation: Learning for an Interconnected World

In this presentation, Dr Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will share an update on the latest OECD findings, and discuss how schools must adapt their learning provision for an interconnected world. 

Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Closing Keynote Panel Discussion: Looking Ahead – What Kind of Schools Do We Need for the Future?
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in international education – discussing practices and principles that schools need to put in place to create the conditions necessary for every individual to thrive
  • Global awareness and international mindedness – understanding the responsibility of schools to create sustainable and nurturing environments in which students and staff alike develop global competency skills to thrive in a complex and uncertain world
  • The challenge and possibilities of professional learning – exploring ways to create opportunities for all educators to access professional development in order to transform their teaching, their classrooms, their schools—and, ultimately, each and every one of their students
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Dr Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Confirmed
Jane Larsson
Jane Larsson
Executive Director
Council of International Schools
Confirmed
Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala
Dr Asmaa Al-Fadala
Director of Research and Content Development
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE Qatar)
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership, UK
Confirmed
5:15 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

8:50 am
Opening Keynote Presentation: Keeping #Wellbeingfirst in the Data Cycle
  • Understanding why we must never forego a first and fundamental focus on student wellbeing and attitudes to learning as an essential feature of the truly outstanding school
  • Exploring how wellbeing and attitudes can be measured, visualised and maximised as the most important part of a triangle of student-level data
  • Demonstrating how all three vertices together can tell, and, fundamentally, change the individual student’s data story, and complete our picture of them as an emergent learner
Matthew Savage
Matthew Savage
Former Principal, Educational Consultant and Founder of #themonalisaeffect
Savage Education
Confirmed
9:30 am
Teaching & Learning Masterclass - Creating Learning That Matters: How to Rethink Curriculum Design for 21st Century Learning

Dr Terence Brady has been working on creating a new and innovative school curriculum in line with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Vision 2030. In this session, school leaders and curriculum developers will gain practical advice and guidance on how to transform a traditional curriculum into a forward-thinking and creative curriculum fit for the 21st Century.

Key learning points will include:

  • How to make a curriculum genuinely personalised and pupil-centred
  • How to give students the opportunity to experience their learning
  • How to become maker-centric and turn students into creators rather than consumers
Dr Terence Brady
Dr Terence Brady
Principal and Innovative Curriculum Development Lead
MiSK Schools, Riyadh
Confirmed
9:30 am
Wellbeing & Inclusion Workshop: The Link Between SEN and Mental Health and How Online Interventions Can Bridge the Gap

Mable Therapy is the UK’s leading online speech and language therapy and counselling provider. As well as delivering therapy as a schools’ and private service, their team of clinicians deliver training to school staff in supporting students’ SEND and mental health needs. In recent years they’ve combined their expertise in these two disciplines to examine the importance of mental health and communication as predictors of long-term well-being and academic achievement.

In this session school leaders will learn how to:

  • Recognise the link between mental health issues and speech and language difficulties and how to avoid misdiagnosis
  • Develop a cross-disciplinary approach to inclusion that can provide a more comprehensive support framework for students’
  • Use online interventions to facilitate this framework, improve access to specialist provision and collate meaningful outcome data.
Helen Spiers
Helen Spiers
Head of Counselling
Mable
Confirmed
9:30 am
Workforce & CPD Masterclass: Creating a Coaching Culture to Develop Highly Effective Teachers that Impact Student Achievement

Dr Kapono Ciotti from the American International School in Egypt will share key learning points around how they saw the culture of the school change by coaching just a handful of teachers with studies showing that highly effective teachers are the single most influential factor in attaining positive student achievement. In this session, school leaders will learn and understand the need to create a highly efficient workforce to impact on not only student achievement, but also school-wide improvement.

Key learning points will include:

  • How to successfully provide targeted and effective feedback both remotely through digital media and through in person-observation and post-observation sessions
  • How to create a school culture shift and become a catalyst for school improvement through organic teacher growth and development
  • How to implement Professional Learning Communities as a way to structure dialogue, avoiding spiralling negativity and encouraging innovation and joint-vision
Dr Kapono Ciotti
Dr Kapono Ciotti
Lead Learner, Professional Development Facilitator, Coach; and Head of School
American International School in Egypt
Confirmed
Gerald Redd
Gerald Redd
Director and Head of School
The Universal College - Aley, Lebanon
Confirmed
10:30 am
20 Minute Break
10:50 am
Teaching & Learning Workshop

This session will be led by a representative from a leading GSCEPod international subscribing school.

In this session GCSEPod & co will walk you through best practice, tips, hints, and cognitive science on a leading ed-tech platform.

Now used in 40+ countries, GCSEPod and its international subscribing schools will use this session to invite all attendees to an interactive workshop to gain a deeper insight into the platform that is building confidence, raising attainment and reducing teacher workload across the globe.

10:50 am
Wellbeing & Inclusion Workshop: Emotional Literacy - Learning How to Increase the Confidence, Engagement and Learning of Your Pupils

This session will cover the importance of adopting and implementing a successful approach to emotional literacy which will help nurture a more grounded, engaged and intrinsically motivated pupil. Here, school leaders will:

  • Identify the underlying emotions and circumstances that can often, at times, hinder pupil progress at school
  • Learn how to use the collaborative ‘passport’ template designed to improve pupil literacy and promote discussion of unspoken issues to help support school progress
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to steer young people to greater emotional understanding of themselves, so they can better manage their route through the school system
Richard Evans
Richard Evans
Author
Independent Thinking on Emotional Literacy: A Passport to Increased Confidence, Engagement and Learning
Confirmed
10:50 am
Leadership & Management Workshop: School Leaders – How Could/Should You Manage Your Board?

In this session, Dr Helen Wright, Board Chair and international education advisor (and former UK/international school principal) and Matthew Savage, former Principal of ICS Amman and now an international education consultant, join forces to explore what good governance can and could look like in an international school. Drawing on their own experiences, and on the successful outcomes of their blended online course for Board members of international schools, #betterboards, they will explore what good governance could, and arguably should, look like in outstanding schools in the region.

Principals and senior leaders will be encouraged to see their school through the eyes of their Board, and challenged to think about the agency they have (and could have more of) in managing their Board.

Key learning points will include:

  • Understand what values-led governance can and could look like, in different contexts
  • Appreciate the power of Principals and senior leaders in shaping the direction and output of the Board
  • Develop a practical checklist of how you can help your Board to develop and improve
Dr Helen Wright
Dr Helen Wright
Board Chair, International Education Advisor and Executive Leadership Coach
Confirmed
Matthew Savage
Matthew Savage
Former Principal, Educational Consultant and Founder of #themonalisaeffect
Savage Education
Confirmed
11:50 am
20 Minute Break
12:10 pm
Wellbeing & Inclusion Masterclass: Championing Mental Health and Wellbeing Across the Whole-School

As the first and only international school in the Gulf to receive the Silver Standard Mental Health Award, from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, the British School Al Khubairat will share how they have developed and delivered an outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision to both students and staff.

In this session, school leaders will:

  • Explore whole-school frameworks and activities that can be implemented to effectively boost the wellbeing of students and staff, including preventative and proactive intervention methods
  • Understand the importance of collaboration with different stakeholders, from parents to local networks and communities, to achieve the best possible outcomes for students through a holistic approach
  • Gain best practice tips and knowledge to further improve and support student mental health and wellbeing in schools
Mark Leppard MBE
Mark Leppard MBE
Headmaster
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Teaching & Learning Workshop: From Good to Great - How Education Perfect is Supporting Arabic Departments to Achieve Excellence in Teaching and Learning

In this 1-hour workshop, you will get the opportunity to hear how Education Perfect (EP) resources support students’ development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Arabic B/Arabic as a foreign language. You’ll also have the opportunity  to hear the innovative ways schools throughout the Middle East are using EP to enhance their Arabic departments’ teaching and learning programmes, and to support the delivery of engaging, and interactive Arabic lessons across all year levels.

Ask Melissa and Philippa any questions you might have about EP’s Arabic course, and have fun trying out a lesson or two yourself to experience the resources first-hand!

Melissa Musgrove
Melissa Musgrove
Head of School Engagement - International Schools
Education Perfect
Confirmed
Philippa Kruger
Philippa Kruger
Global Head of Languages
Education Perfect
Confirmed
1:10 pm
20 Minute Break
1:30 pm
Workforce & CPD Workshop: Championing Evidence-Based CPD - The 7 E’s of Effective Professional Development

In this session, you will learn the key requirements of what makes up an effective teacher CPD programme and where to focus teacher CPD priorities so that they are best equipped to deal with pandemic related challenges.

Key discussion points will include:

  • Why professional development matters so much
  • What the research evidence tells us about effective professional development
    • The role of identity, agency and pedagogical alignment
    • Active learning, reflective and reflexive practice and coaching
    • Student needs, teacher efficacy and impact on learning
  • From onboarding to compliance, qualifications to progression, consistency to collective efficacy
  • What to start thinking about now – and what to do next
Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith
Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith
Director, One Life Learning Strategic Education Consultancy; and Associate Lecturer and Research Associate
The Open University
Confirmed
1:30 pm
Leadership & Management Workshop: High Performance Learning - Outstanding to World Class

Led by Simon O’Grady, CEO of High Performance Learning, this workshop will explore strategic
school challenges; world class school features; and moving from regulatory outstanding to self-improving world class.

Simon O’Grady
Simon O’Grady
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change