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DAY 3 - Thursday, 14 October 2021

Workshops

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
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 that Develops 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
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
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
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