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  • Teaching & Learning (Day 1)
  • Wellbeing & Inclusion (Day 1)
  • Leadership & Management (Day 2)
  • Workforce & CPD (Day 2)
  • Workshops (Day 3)
8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Reframing the Narrative on Learning Loss
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:15 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
10:15 am
Facilitated Networking Break
10:30 am
15 Minute Break
10:45 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
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
11:50 am
15 Minute Break
12:05 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

 

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

FACILITATOR: Vaughan Lewis, Curriculum Coordinator, Qatar Academy for Science and Technology

Katie Tomlinson
Katie Tomlinson
Head of Primary
Sri KDU International School, Malaysia
Confirmed
Gillian Hammond
Gillian Hammond
Principal
Repton School Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
Vaughan Lewis
Vaughan Lewis
Curriculum Coordinator
Qatar Academy for Science and Technology
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
Sponsored Presentation: Maximising Outcomes of Differentiated and Personalised Learning Strategies and Programmes
  • Exploring solutions to overcoming the personalisation challenge in the classroom and ensuring adaptive learning strategies are optimised to impact learning through differentiation
  • Taking a data-informed approach to learning and providing personalised pathways, allowing teachers to challenge and intervene as appropriate
  • Using personalised learning materials which can be manipulated by the student to support different learning needs
2:10 pm
10 Minute Break
2:20 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
Deputy Head of Secondary
Deira International School, Dubai
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
3:05 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: Preparing Students for the Future of Work: Integrating 21st Century Skills in the Curriculum Through Enhanced Curriculum Pathways

FACILITATOR: Patrick Horne, Principal, British International School Abu Dhabi

 

  • Roundtable B: 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

 

  • Sponsored Roundtable C: Becoming Data-Informed: Successfully Utilising Data to Measure and Improve Student Performance
Patrick Horne
Patrick Horne
Principal
British International School Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
Christelle Lonez
Christelle Lonez
Primary School Principal
International School of Geneva, Switzerland
Confirmed
4:00 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
4:30 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
5:00 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address: Reframing the Narrative on Learning Loss
Professor Deborah Eyre
Professor Deborah Eyre
Founder and Chair
High Performance Learning
Confirmed
9:15 am
Keynote Presentation: Maximising Learning and Impact - Lessons from the Pandemic
Professor John Hattie
Professor John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, and Author
Visible Learning
Confirmed
10:15 am
Facilitated Networking Break
10:30 am
15 Minute Break
10:45 am
Interactive Roundtable Discussions

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

 

  • Sponsored 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: Effectively Addressing the Learning Needs of Students of Determination Through Advocacy and Inclusion Programmes, and Social and Emotional Development

FACILITATOR: Dr Ruba Tabari, Clinical Director & Educational Psychologist, The Developing Child Centre

 

  • Roundtable C: 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
Director of International Relations
Yes We Can Youth Clinics, Netherlands
Confirmed
Dr Ruba Tabari
Dr Ruba Tabari
Clinical Director and Educational Psychologist
The Developing Child Centre, Dubai
Confirmed
Phil Mathe
Phil Mathe
Director of Sport
Brighton College Al Ain
Confirmed
11:30 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
11:05 am
15 Minute Break
12:05 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 of Pastoral
King's College Doha, Qatar
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 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
2:10 pm
10 Minute Break
2:20 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, Head of Inclusion, Jumeirah College Dubai and Inclusion Network Lead, British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) 

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
Head of Inclusion
Jumeirah College Dubai
Confirmed
3:05 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
4:00 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
4:30 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
5:00 pm

*Programme subject to change

8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leaders, UK
Confirmed
9:00 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 Educa
GEMS Education
Confirmed
Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar
Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar
CEO
The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE)
Invited
9:45 am
Keynote Fireside Chat: Global Teacher Prize 2020 Winner – Leading Change in the Face of Adversity

In this fireside chat session, the conference chair will be joined by Ranjitsinh Disale, Winner of the 2020 Global Teacher Prize Award, to discuss his leadership experience and how he turned around his school during an extremely challenging period by setting strong vision and mission and through perseverance and tenacity.

Ranjitsinh Disale
Ranjitsinh Disale
Teacher, Zilla Parishad Primary School; and Winner
Global Teacher Prize Award 2020
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leaders, UK
Confirmed
10:15 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:30 am
15 Minute Break
10:45 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 Leaders, UK
Confirmed
11:30 am
Sponsored Presentation: Making Meaning Out of Data - How to Effectively Use Data for Decision-Making and School Improvement
11:50 am
15 Minute Break
12:05 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: Growing and Expanding a School: Financial Implications and Management for School Leaders Beyond the Pandemic

FACILITATOR: Craig Lamshed, Founding Principal, Royal Grammar School, Guildford Dubai

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

 

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

FACILITATOR: Nicola Taylor, Director of Programmes, LLSE

Craig Lamshed
Craig Lamshed
Principal
The Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai
Invited
Nicola Taylor
Nicola Taylor
Director of Programmes and Lead Curriculum Designer
Leadership Learning South East (LLSE)
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Assessing and Reviewing Creative Financial Management Strategies to Plan for an Uncertain Future
  • Explore strategies to creatively safeguard your school’s financial future, for example through the diversification of income streams and protecting the offer to staff to support retention and development
  • Understand the vital process of financial modelling to secure the short and long-term future of your school and how to successfully achieve this
  • Consider how to effectively devise a financial recovery plan for the new school year, starting with good planning and strong data analysis to set realistic expectations on income and expenditure
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Primary School Principal
The International Academy – Amman, Jordan
Confirmed
Andy Homden
Andy Homden
CEO
Consilium Education
Confirmed
David Cook
David Cook
Headmaster
Repton School Dubai
Invited
2:10 pm
10 Minute Break
2:20 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
3:05 pm
10 Minute Break
3:15 pm
School Leaders 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
4:00 pm
Afternoon 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
5:00 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change

8:45 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leaders, UK
Confirmed
9:00 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 Educa
GEMS Education
Confirmed
Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar
Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar
CEO
The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE)
Invited
9:45 am
Keynote Fireside Chat: Global Teacher Prize 2020 Winner – Leading Change in the Face of Adversity

In this fireside chat session, the conference chair will be joined by Ranjitsinh Disale, Winner of the 2020 Global Teacher Prize Award, to discuss his leadership experience and how he turned around his school during an extremely challenging period by setting strong vision and mission and through perseverance and tenacity.

Ranjitsinh Disale
Ranjitsinh Disale
Teacher, Zilla Parishad Primary School; and Winner
Global Teacher Prize Award 2020
Confirmed
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leaders, UK
Confirmed
10:15 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:30 am
15 Minute Break
10:45 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
11:30 am
Sponsored Presentation
12:05 pm
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
Darren Hugill
Darren Hugill
Principal
The British School Alexandria, Egypt
Confirmed
Seema Nagrath Menon
Seema Nagrath Menon
Managing Director & Founder
CALM Worldwide (Center for Action in Learning Management)
Confirmed
Arnna Graham
Arnna Graham
Principal and Head of Professional Learning
Bloom Education
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 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: Championing Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the International Teaching Profession

FACILITATOR: Natasha Hilton, Global Advisory Board Member, Tes Institute, Strategic Lead, WomenEd, and Head of Primary, Park House English School, Qatar

 

  • Roundtable B: Designing and Implementing Effective Early Careers Induction and Progression Programmes to Impact Teacher Satisfaction and Long-Term Retention

 

  • Sponsored Roundtable C: Effectively and Efficiently Using Technology to Enhance Teaching, Reduce Workload, and Improve Performance
Natasha Hilton
Natasha Hilton
Strategic Lead, WomenEd, and Head of Primary
Park House English School, Qatar
Confirmed
2:10 pm
10 Minute Break
2:20 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 strategy and exploring virtual recruitment and interview strategies that have been successful in hiring outstanding teachers
Jana Barnhouse
Jana Barnhouse
Principal, Dhahran Elementary Middle School and Director of Human Resources
International Schools Group, KSA
Invited
Sarah Siyani
Sarah Siyani
Director of People and Culture
Aldar Education
Invited
2:50 pm
Presentation: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Female School Leaders
  • Understanding why mentorship is a must for school leaders and how to nurture talent in your staff through coaching and mentoring
  • Addressing the reasons and obstacles that have led to the underrepresentation of women in educational leadership
  • Exploring what school leaders can and should do to 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
5 Minute Break
3:15 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
Interim Head of School
International School London, Qatar
Confirmed
Hilary Hunt
Hilary Hunt
Head of Teaching and Learning
Victoria International School Sharjah
Confirmed
John Bagust
John Bagust
Principal
New Cairo British International School, Egypt
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Afternoon 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
5:00 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 Sponsored Workshop

Session outline TBC

9:30 am
Leadership & Management Workshop: Successful School Management – Managing, Sustaining and Leading Change in Schools

Managing change within a school is one of the most complex school leadership tasks. In this session, Julie Wilson Jungalwala, Author of ‘The Human Side of Education: How to Lead Change with Clarity, Conviction, and Courage’ will share why change management requires special tools and a human-centred approach in order to be effective.

Senior school leaders will explore how to effectively develop and implement a vision and strategy to manage people through transitions with a practical framework, tools and resources to lead meaningful and sustainable change.

Key learning points will include:

  • Learn the key and necessary skills required to be successful in managing and leading change in organisations and behaviours
  • Discover the best change management strategies to guide new processes and organisational change beyond the pandemic
  • Understand how to overcome the challenges, complexities and uncertainties associated with leading change
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
10:30 am
20 Minute Break
10:50 am
Teaching & Learning Sponsored Workshop

Session outline TBC

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
10:50 am
Workforce & CPD Sponsored Workshop

Session Outline TBC

11:50 am
20 Minute Break
12:10 pm
Teaching & Learning Workshop: Effectively Supporting ESL Learners in International Schools

This session will cover the crucial requirements that school leaders need to know to maximise their ESL provision in order to maintain high cognitive and academic expectations, and boost student outcomes while ensuring inclusivity, learner engagement and motivation.

Key learning points will include:

  • Exploring successful adaptive practices to support students in a blended environment, and key factors to take into consideration to ensure that ESL learners continue to make progress at home
  • Highlighting the tools that schools need to have in place to effectively assess and measure language learning needs in order to adequately pitch lesson content and examination for each student
  • Highlighting the importance of and how to use translanguaging, i.e. integrating two or more languages in order to develop learners’ multilingual repertoire and language awareness, to in turn encourage students to engage in the learning process
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 International 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 International School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Leadership & Management Sponsored Workshop

Session outline TBC

12:10 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 learning outcomes will include:

  • Identifying key areas of teaching and learning that require improvement and addressing them through a strengths-based approach to professional development
  • Learning how to adopt an assessment and appraisal framework that is built on self-reflection and incremental coaching
  • How best to utilise professional development for accountability and upskilling your teachers, rather than a tick box exercise
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
1:10 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change