DAY 2 - Wednesday, 13 October 2021

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
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
10:00 am
Morning Facilitated Networking
10:15 am
15 Minute Break
10:30 am
Interactive Roundtable Discussions
  • 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

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.

11:50 am
10 Minute Break
12:00 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
12:45 pm
Lunch Break
1:15 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: 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

2:00 pm
10 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
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
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
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
5:15 pm
Close of Conference

*Programme subject to change