School leaders and principals have been asked to play entirely new roles in 2020 as caretakers, counselors and medical advisors. We dedicate 2 full conference days to look at the soft skills and hard strategies required to thrive in this new environment, from stakeholder engagement to lean resource management, from building brilliant brands to effective recruitment and training.

All of this content is relevant to principals, the majority is also useful for board members, school heads and non-academic support and operational staff, such as marketing and HR.

100% virtual format with interactive content, immersive learning and qualified networking.

Full 2 Day Agenda

  • Day 1: Leadership skills and strategy
  • Day 2: Recruitment, Finance & Marketing
8:30 am
Opening Remarks from the Chairperson
Tarek Alami
Tarek Alami
Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa and India
Education Development Trust
Confirmed
8:40 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: A Vision for Moral, Progressive and Innovative Education in the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The Gulf has been a long-term promoter of student wellbeing. What is the role of happiness in the curriculum? How should schools measure and promote whole school wellbeing? How are government bodies supporting these measures? What is the role of data in progressing this agenda?
  • The national agenda is integral to promoting a moral, progressive society. How are private schools performing on this measure? How can they better work with Arabic schools to society’s benefit?
  • TIMSS and PISA scores are improving. What can be done to continue to see this positive growth? How does this link into developing 21st century skills and the continuing trend of students going into technology and engineering
H.E. Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi
H.E. Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi
Chairperson
Sharjah Education Private Authority, UAE
Invited
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam
Chairman of the Board of Directors-Director General
Knowledge and Human Development Authority, UAE
Invited
Awatif Bint Fahd Al-Harthi
Awatif Bint Fahd Al-Harthi
Supervisor of the National General Education Agency, Ministry Deputy for Private Education
Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Invited
9:20 am
Keynote: Understanding How Leaders Can Transform Standards, Attainment and Pupil Wellbeing
  • Implementing and aligning tailored staff training to a school’s status, demographic and curriculum
  • What are the relative outcomes of curricula for further education and employment?
  • Strategies for refocusing resources on students’ wellbeing
  • The importance of personalising teaching styles and resources for students of determination
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Former Chief Inspector and Head of Ofsted, UK
Current Senior Advisor - Education Strategy for GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
9:40 am
Keynote: The Collaborative Classroom
  • What does effective collaboration in the classroom look like?
  • Outlining why collaboration is industry’s in-demand skill that today’s students need if they are to be successful in later life
  • Teaching students how to work together now and for the rest of their lives
  • How collaboration can help teachers and pupils in the aftermath of COVID-19
Trevor Muir
Trevor Muir
Teacher, International Speaker, Author
The Collaborative Classroom and The Epic Classroom, USA
Confirmed
10:00 am
Live Q&A
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Sir Michael Wilshaw
Former Chief Inspector and Head of Ofsted, UK
Current Senior Advisor - Education Strategy for GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
Trevor Muir
Trevor Muir
Teacher, International Speaker, Author
The Collaborative Classroom and The Epic Classroom, USA
Confirmed
10:15 am
Online Facilitated Networking and 1-to-1 Meetings
10:30 am
Keynote: Leading with Impact – Outlining the Importance of System Leadership in Improving Pupil Outcomes
  • How do schools effectively develop improvement strategies to raise standards?
  • The importance of building capacity to sustain improvement
  • The power of collaboration as a networking tool between schools
Sir David Carter
Sir David Carter
Former National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education, UK
Executive Director of System Leadership, Ambition Institute, UK
Confirmed
10:50 am
Case Study: A Year of Opportunity and Innovation for Digital and Remote Learning
  • Outlining how and why online and remote learning at GEMS has been so effective in 2020 and discussing the structures GEMS have put in place to excel going into the next school year
  • Discussing the importance of tailoring curriculum content and delivery according to parent expectations
  • Effectively managing teachers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure they were provided with the necessary level of guidance without removing autonomy
  • Successfully measuring and assessing students’ wellbeing and attainment and outlining how GEMS identified gaps and made a recovery plan for this academic year
Jodh Dhesi
Jodh Dhesi
Deputy Chief Education Officer
GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
11:10 am
Live Q&A
Sir David Carter
Sir David Carter
Former National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education, UK
Executive Director of System Leadership, Ambition Institute, UK
Confirmed
Jodh Dhesi
Jodh Dhesi
Deputy Chief Education Officer
GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
11:30 am
Roundtable Discussion 1
Roundtable Discussion 2
Roundtable Discussion 3
Professional Development for Senior Leaders

This roundtable is a coaching and mentoring session for senior leaders, with a focus on improving pedagogical and instructional leadership.

Gregor Cameron will facilitate and delegates will be invited to discuss the key themes in an online roundtable format powered by our virtual events partner Swapcard.

Delegates will be encouraged to ask questions, network with their peers and really dive down into the topic matter to ensure everyone comes away with clear takeaways on how they can improve their pedagogical and instructional leadership.

Gregor Cameron
Gregor Cameron
School Improvement Advisor
Sharjah Private Education Authority, UAE
Confirmed
Empowering Yourself and Your School by Building Resilient International Networks During and After COVID-19

Principals have often spoken about the increased importance of networks and their increased depth and breadth in 2020, how can new partnerships be entrenched and formalised in 2021?

  • How can independent schools replicate the advantages of shared thinking and problem solving experienced by groups of schools?
  • How can inter-regional experiences be better shared and made relevant to local context?
  • How should UK, K-12 and IB curricula schools within the Gulf be interconnected?
Prof Chris Brown
Prof Chris Brown
Director of Research in the School of Education
University of Durham, UK
Confirmed
Personalising the Pupil Experience; How and Why?
  • How can the curriculum best be tailored to maximise the chances of success for every pupil?
  • How can we take full account of each learner’s skills, interests and abilities, as well as any need for additional support?
  • How can we tailor approaches to physical health and mental wellbeing?
Matthew Farthing
Matthew Farthing
Principal
Nord Anglia International School Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Lunchtime facilitated online networking and 1-to-1 meetings
1:30 pm
Effectively Meeting Standards and Improving Quality through the Inspections Process
  • Exploring how to improve the standard and quality of education across private schools
  • Leading your school and supporting your staff and pupils through an inspection
  • Discussing how to achieve educational excellence for all
Fatma Ibrahim Abdullah Belrehif
Fatma Ibrahim Abdullah Belrehif
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, UAE
Invited
1:50 pm
Collaborative Leadership – Driving School Improvement through Collaboration within and Across Schools
  • Leading in and of a self-improving system
  • What collaborative leadership looks like in practice – why and how
  • What are the obstacles and how to overcome them
  • Using peer review as a vehicle for change and improvement
  • How collaborative leadership can accelerate school improvement for one and for many schools
  • How we can use collaboration to help schools and school leaders to ‘recover’ from the COVID-19 situation: Looking after wellbeing, re-designing curricula and taking stock of the effects on learning
Tarek Alami
Tarek Alami
Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa and India
Education Development Trust
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Live Q&A
Sir David Carter
Sir David Carter
Former National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education, UK
Executive Director of System Leadership, Ambition Institute, UK
Confirmed
Tarek Alami
Tarek Alami
Regional Director, Middle East, North Africa and India
Education Development Trust
Confirmed
Jodh Dhesi
Jodh Dhesi
Deputy Chief Education Officer
GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
Fatma Ibrahim Abdullah Belrehif
Fatma Ibrahim Abdullah Belrehif
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau, UAE
Invited
2:30 pm
WORKSHOP: Understanding Different Management and Leadership Styles
  • Explore a number of management styles and how to lead diverse groups of people successfully
  • Know how to cement your role as a leader  and be perceived positively  by your colleagues
  • Realise the challenges and opportunities of all managers, whether new, existing or experienced
  • Identify and evaluate your position as a leader – your strengths, limitations and what leadership style suits you and your team best
  • Know how to adapt your style depending on who you are communicating with
Marie Thake
Marie Thake
Leadership Coach
Truly Inspired, UK
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Close of Day One
8:30 am
Opening Remarks from the Chairperson
Jim Knight
Jim Knight
Chief Education and External Officer
Tes Global
Invited
8:40 am
Plenary Keynote Panel Discussion:
  • Discussing the roles and social responsibilities of schools in the Gulf in supporting the development and growth of their staff and pupils
  • Exploring the commitment of international schools to drive innovation and support the future prosperity of education in the Middle East
  • Sharing examples of best practice and strategies for forming strong and resilient leadership teams
  • Discussing how to best support your school community during this unprecedented time
Tracy Moxley
Tracy Moxley
Director of Education
Aldar Education, UAE
Confirmed
Christopher Tompkins
Christopher Tompkins
Executive Director of K-12 Education
NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Confirmed
Armand Doucet
Armand Doucet
Educator, Advisor, Author, Speaker
Canada
Confirmed
9:30 am
Keynote Presentation: Finding Happiness and Innovation in a Crisis
  • Why this is the greatest chance of a lifetime for innovation and creation
  • Why teaching leadership is teaching character
  • How can digital truly empower pupils and staff
Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham, UK
Senior Adviser, GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
9:50 am
Plenary Q&A
Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham, UK
Senior Adviser, GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
Tracy Moxley
Tracy Moxley
Director of Education
Aldar Education, UAE
Confirmed
Christopher Tompkins
Christopher Tompkins
Executive Director of K-12 Education
NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Confirmed
10:10 am
Morning online facilitated networking and 1-to-1 meetings
10:30 am
Case Study: Supporting the Professional Development and Training of Staff
  • Sharing best practice for developing an internal professional development model and delivering high-quality in-house training
  • Using the skills of your staff to upskill others, peer to peer learning and development
  • Using technology to support the future development and training of staff
  • Supporting every member of staff at all stages of their career and helping them achieve career goals
  • Understanding how professional development links with improving pupil outcomes and enhancing teaching and learning
Sean Sibley
Sean Sibley
Principal
Doha English Speaking School, Qatar
Confirmed
10:50 am
Case study presentation: Creating a Successful and Recognisable School Brand
  • Exploring the strategy at Taaleem group of schools which has allowed them to develop a globally recognised and outstanding brand  
  • Sharing the story of the development of Taaleem group of schools and how it has successfully grown to become the second largest provider in the UAE providing teaching across US, IB and British Curricula 
  • Understanding how Taaleem has developed not only as a brand but also as a community, supporting staff progression and development as well as pupil achievement and wellbeing
Kate Fisher
Kate Fisher
Head of HR
Taleem, UAE
Invited
11:10 am
Case Study Presentation
Karen Burns
Karen Burns
Executive Principal
Victorious Academies
Confirmed
11:30 am
Presentation: Developing 21st Century Leaders for a Global Education System
  • Outlining the importance of high-quality leadership within schools
  • Exploring the additional challenges faced by international schools, such as high staff turnover, in leadership development and how to overcome them
  • Developing recruitment and retention strategies specifically for leadership positions
Rt Hon. David Laws
Rt Hon. David Laws
Executive Chairman
Education Policy Institute
Invited
11:50 am
Presentation:
Dame Rachel de Souza
Dame Rachel de Souza
Chief Executive
Inspiration Trust, UK
Confirmed
12:10 am
Live Q&A
Karen Burns
Karen Burns
Executive Principal
Victorious Academies
Confirmed
Dame Rachel de Souza
Dame Rachel de Souza
Chief Executive
Inspiration Trust, UK
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Lunchtime online facilitated networking and 1-to-1 meetings
1:30 pm
Roundtable Discussion 1
Roundtable Discussion 2
Roundtable Discussion 3
Optimising Financial Resources to Ensure the Best Outcomes for Pupils
  • Understanding the barriers to joined up leadership and how to overcome them for effective resource management
  • Discussing how to balance quality with cost by ensuring finance directors work together with directors of learning to optimise outcomes for schools and pupils
  • Exploring how COVID-19 has impacted resources and the opportunity it presents to transform the system during the recovery
  • Sharing how professional standards support effective leadership
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leaders, UK
Confirmed
Analysing Effective Marketing Strategies for Gulf-Based Schools
  • Understanding how to build your international schools’ brand in order to attract the best teachers, pupils and partnerships
  • Effectively communicating the value of how your school supports its pupils and their learning during COVID-19
  • Outlining strategies for successful stakeholder engagement and how your school can help support the community
  • Discussing how to develop an effective marketing strategy tailored to the specific needs of your school
Discussing Effective Recruitment Practices for Hiring Qualified IB Professionals
  • Discussing the complexities of recruiting IB professional from a pool of global candidates
  • Sharing insights into what a successful IB recruitment and retention strategy looks like
  • Understanding how to make your school standout to potential IB professional candidates
Chris Sammons
Chris Sammons
Principal
West Island School, Hong Kong
Invited
2:30 pm
Workshop: Developing Teachers into Leaders

In this practical workshop hear and learn how you can support the training and development of your staff to support their career progression. 

  • Effectively training teachers to take on leadership roles within schools
  • Using CPD, mentoring and coaching to support teachers in their career progression
  • Outlining methods for supporting early leadership in teachers and how this supports their long-term progression pipeline
  • Identifying and developing specific leadership qualities for the international school environment
Jonathan Dale
Jonathan Dale
Director of International Leadership Development, London Centre for Leadership in Learning
UCL Institute of Education
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Close of Day Two

Who Attends the Leadership & Management Conference?

Owner
Founder
Member of the Board
Chief Executive Officer
Managing Director
Principal
Head of School
Human Resources
Head of Operations
General Manager
Director/Head of Finance
Head of Admissions
Human Resources
Head of Training
Head of CPD
HR Manager
Director/Head of Marketing
Parent Relations Officer/Manager
Public Relations Officer/Manager
Academic Head
Pastoral Head
Head of Secondary
Head of Primary
Director/Head of Education
Director/Head of Learning

Inside Government Heads Testimonials

"I came away from the event not only with enriched sense of what character education looks like but also of why it is so important to teach in schools. Great speakers and positive experience all round."
- Sevenoaks School
"This was an excellent event. It gave me lots to think about and lots of practical ideas. I was inspired and wanted to get on with implementing all that I had heard. There was a good range of speakers that were knowledgeable in their field."
- Bede Academy (All-Through Academy)
"Excellent event, gave me reassurance that we are not alone and most people are in the same boat. Some useful ideas to take away and think about."
- Kennedy School Academy