Looking to improve student wellbeing and inclusion strategies within your school?

Discover outstanding case studies and strategies covering pastoral care, student wellbeing and transformative inclusive strategies for students of determination.

This conference has been specifically designed for Heads of Inclusion, SEND-Coordinators and any principals or
teachers concerned with learning more about how they can positively impact and enhance their pupils physical and mental health in partnership with relevant experts in the region.

This conference will take place in a 100% virtual format and has been designed with virtual in mind from the outset with interactive content, online round-tables, workshops and plenty of networking opportunities with both speakers and fellow delegates. We will be utilising our virtual events partner swapcard to ensure delegates receive an outstanding virtual events provider

Full 2 Day Agenda

  • Day 1: Improving Assessment of and Provision for Student Wellbeing
  • Day 2: Improving Provision for Students of Determination
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 governments 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 student 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 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
10:10 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
Facilitated online networking and 1-to-1 meetings
10:30 am
Roundtable Discussion 1
Roundtable Discussion 2
Trauma-Recognition and Response

Sean will share some ideas around how to recognise and respond to general and also COVID-19 specific trauma, as well as exploring how schools can be more receptive to trauma.

Sean recognises a call for the evolution of the school system, in which leaders receive guidance in how to create schools that are trauma responsive, in which the voiceless are asked their opinion, the powerless are offered autonomy and those who doubt explore the value of trusting. In this there will be healing.

The antidote to the trauma will be agile schools that listen to all, that lead with empathy and are excited to listen and inspired to trust.

Sean Bellamy
Sean Bellamy
Global Teacher Prize Winner
Founder, Sands School, UK
Confirmed
Making Homework Optional - Does it Work?
  • Case study of how one UAE school made homework optional. Did it work?
  • What is the impact on various subjects?
  • What are the drivers for local and expat parents?
  • What is the impact on wellbeing?
Ian Thurston
Ian Thurston
Head of Secondary
Dar al Mareefa School, UAE
Confirmed
10:30 am
Panel Discussion: Game Over - When Gaming Become a Problem
  • First hand experience; What is it like to live with a gaming addiction and how it manifests itself within the family setting
  • Attendees will be advised on best practice in supporting families affected by gaming addiction and other issues coming along with gaming addiction like depression, bullying and anxiety
  • Attendees will hear from a Senior Family Counsellor how Yes We Can Youth Clinics helps young people to become responsible human beings coexisting with technology without being ruled by it
  • The presentation helps professionals in the educational field, but also parents and carers to explore and identify key anchors towards the start of meaningful conversations and offers guidance on how to develop early intervention dialogues within the family setting
  • One will leave with a better understanding as to why gaming and depression are such an infiltrators in the lives of some young people
11:30 am
Case Study: How to Seamlessly Incorporate Wellbeing into the Curriculum
  • How to approach wellbeing programmes; The importance of integrating data-driven and evidence-backed programmes rather than bolting on experimental projects
  • How one programme to introduce weekly mindfulness into the curriculum was implemented and what lessons can be drawn
Mike Lambert
Mike Lambert
Principal
Dubai College, UAE
Confirmed
11:50 am
Case Study: Morning Only Schooling. Why? And Does it Work?
  • Why we shifted to morning-only school day during COVID-19 and why we decided to stick to it
  • How we operated morning only schooling without reducing the curriculum
  • The impact on student wellbeing and productivity
Mark Steed
Mark Steed
Principal & CEO
The Kellett School, Hong Kong
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Lunchtime Online Facilitated Networking & 1-to-1 Meetings
1:30 pm
Case Study: Using Discovery Learning to Promote Character-Based Education
  • Discovery based learning techniques to support the building of integrity, inclusivity, generosity and compassion
  • Using this approach to answer specific questions designed to build strength, confidence and understanding of wellbeing: How do systems influence us? How does logic influence our thinking? How do concepts of time, space and place influence our perception of the world? How does perspective influence our understanding of knowledge?
Tomas Duckling
Tomas Duckling
Director of Learning
Aiglon College, Switzerland
Confirmed
1:50 pm
Case Study: How One Teacher Transformed the Wellbeing of an Entire Community through Cultural Revitalisation
  • How teaching in an inuit community required continuous student relationships within the community beyond the school doors
  • Lessons in motivation and engagement; How focusing on life skills programmes encouraged students to return to school and engage in subjects that motivated them
  • Recognising the role of identity as central to mental wellbeing; How to simultaneously strengthen both local community identity and empower them via global connections. How to honour individual cultures and recognise global unity.
  • What lessons can be drawn from this for multicultural Gulf societies and schools?
Maggie MacDonnell
Maggie MacDonnell
Global Teacher Prize Winner
Canada
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Live Q&A
Maggie MacDonnell
Maggie MacDonnell
Global Teacher Prize Winner
Canada
Confirmed
Tomas Duckling
Tomas Duckling
Director of Learning
Aiglon College, Switzerland
Confirmed
Mike Lambert
Mike Lambert
Principal
Dubai College, UAE
Confirmed
2:30 pm
WORKSHOP: Supporting Wellbeing, Emotional Resilience and Learning (SWERL)

Supporting pupils in school with their social, emotional and mental health needs through a domains-based approach.

The 7 domains are:

  • Supported and Knowledgeable Staff
  • Graduated Response to Need:
    Role of the Teacher
  • Enabling Environment
  • Whole School Systems and Planning
  • Building Relationships
  • Robust Communication Systems
    l Planning Transitions

This session will be informed using case studies from the below schools:

  • Elseley Primary School
  • Hitherfield School
  • Queens Park School
  • Woodford Green Preparatory School
Dr Amelia Roberts
Dr Amelia Roberts
Centre for Inclusive Education
Institute of Education, University College London (UCL), UK
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Close of Day One
8:20 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 students
  • 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: 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 students and staff
Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon
Vice Chancellor, University of Buckingham, UK
Senior Adviser, GEMS Education, UAE
Confirmed
9:50 am
Live 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
Keynote: The Creative Brilliance of Dyslexia
  • How can dyslexic students be best supported? How can we recognise and harness dyslexic skills? How can we harness that talent to the benefit of Gulf schools and society?
  • Identifying skillsets -how dyslexics effectively make sense of the bigger picture, connecting stories and seeing patterns in narratives where others do not. How dyslexics are great at simplifying, stripping away unnecessary detail to create clear compelling messages. As such they are great communicators.
  • Other identification tools and skills to nurture; How dyslexics are unusually empathetic with a greater ability to sense, understand and respond to how others feel. They are passionate and curious and know how to engage hearts and minds.
Kate Griggs
Kate Griggs
Founder
Made By Dyslexia, Global
Confirmed
10:50 am
Case Study: Transforming Life Outcomes for People of Determination
  • The Gulf’s most ambitious employment programme for people of determination
  • How has ATMAH, the region’s first Social Impact Bond been rolled out in term 1
  • How will it be measured and how will it deliver meaningful outcomes for current students of determination?
Kate McMillan
Kate McMillan
Group Head of Inclusion & Safeguarding
Aldar Education, UAE
Confirmed
11:10 am
Presentation: SEND is Not an Issue
  • SEND is an early, mainstream, cultural, equalities and local issue
  • How can we encourage a unified joined up response by overcoming a complex web of attitudes and relationships between parents, teachers and institutions?
  • How have the roles of Inclusion Champions and SEND-coordinators evolved within the community? Are they more empowered? How have relationships with parents and institutions evolved? How can these relationships be better handled?
Philippa Stobbs
Philippa Stobbs
Assistant Director - Education
Council for Disabled Children, UK
Confirmed
11:30 am
Creating Outcomes that are Holistic and Meaningful Beyond Academic Attainment
  • Being brave in the process of identifying needs and being willing to invest to do things differently and meet the needs of all and to transform lives
  • How to define the role, purpose and set objectives for a personalised curriculum and a personal development plan. What is the curriculum pathway? What are the thresholds?
  • How to identify new skills such as leadership and creativity, focusing on what each student can do rather than can’t. How to measure those elements of the curriculum and progress
  • The importance of co-production with families
  • Pulling in resources to tailor provision in a cost-effective manner. How to ensure equitable use of those resources.
Lesley Cox
Lesley Cox
Independent Educational Consultant
UK
Invited
11:50 am
Overcoming Challenges and Provision Solutions for Students of Determination
  • How can we increase identification and improve intervention in early years?
  • How can we ensure schools have resources in place to meet the needs of all starting children?
  • How can Inclusion  Champions empower themselves within their schools.
  • How much progress have schools made and what should be expected in the next 3 years.
  • How can the system work best for all families?
Sean Pavitt
Sean Pavitt
Director of Inclusive Education Programmes
Knowledge and Human Development Authority, UAE
Invited
12:10 pm
Live Q&A
1:30 pm
Roundtable 1
Roundtable 2
Roundtable 3
Increasing the Number of SEND Pupils and Rate of Admissions across the Gulf
  • How can we continue the positive trend of increasing numbers of SEND applications
  • What are some of barriers that we should be looking to remove more rapidly?
  • What can SEND-coordinators an inclusions leaders do internally to speed up the removal of such barriers?
  • What can we do differently to ensure all parents feel comfortable bringing students of determination into school for assessments before the year starts?
  • What can they do to assess and provide adequate provision for all from the moment they enter the school?
Natalie Packer
Natalie Packer
Governor
School of Research Science, Dubai, UAE
Invited
Recruitment & Training
  • How can we go about recruiting both English and Arabic speaking SEND coordinators?
  • How and where should we look to recruit qualified staff for multicultural and multi-need contexts?
  • How can we upskill all staff to treat SEND as a whole-school issue, recognising that given every situation is unique, there is no such thing as truly qualified or unqualified
  • How can we develop more expertise in-house, e.g. speech therapists as a more cost-effective and agile solution?
Catherine O’Farrell
Catherine O’Farrell
Group Head of Inclusion
Athena Group in Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
Roundtable: Assessing and Improving Wellbeing for Returning Students of Determination
  • Understanding behaviour to deliver effective classroom management to foster positive relationships, whole-school approaches and well-evaluated behaviour management programmes
  • Dealing with specific classroom difficulties by using the Antecedent-Behaviour-Consequence (ABC)
  • How to prevent disruptive behaviours and respond to challenging behaviours
2:30 pm
Workshop: Working to Improve the Educational Experience of Children with Special Educational Needs through Setting Aspirational Outcomes

A two-hour workshop designed to explore the importance of creating aspirational and achievable outcomes for children with special educational needs.  The workshop will focus on developing positive relationships with families, delivering inclusive assessments and designing impactful interventions which lead to meaningful outcomes. Delegates will be provided with strategies and tools from outstanding English case studies to take back and implement with their learners and families.

  • Exploring the challenges faced by families who have a child with additional needs and the importance of developing a family’s resilience and confidence in supporting their child.
  • Developing and utilising baseline assessments to develop impactful interventions, which are designed to promote independence.
  • Setting achievable and aspirational outcomes with families, in the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Implementing classroom wide strategies which benefit all learners, including those with special educational needs.
Tracie Linehan
Tracie Linehan
CEO
Beyond Autism, UK
Confirmed
Bernadett Rankasz
Bernadett Rankasz
Head of Early Years
Beyond Autism, UK
Confirmed
David Anthony
David Anthony
Head of Research & Learning
Beyond Autism, UK
Confirmed
4:30 pm
Close of Day Two

Who Attends Outstanding Schools Wellbeing & Inclusion?

Wellbeing

Pastoral Head
Head of Student Wellbeing
Head of Human Resources
Head of Training & CPD
Head of Physical Education
Physical Education Teacher
Head of Secondary
Head of Primary
Teacher

Inclusion

Head of Inclusion
Inclusion Champion
SENDCoordinator
Educational Needs Coordinator
Head of Learning Support
Teacher
Learning Support Teacher
Principal
Head of Secondary
Head of Primary

Inside Government Testimonials

“Being new to the role of SENDCO the conference allowed me to meet other people in the same role as me, as well as inspiring and informative presentations that gave me a lot to go away and think about. The examples of best practice were very useful in allowing me to see the possibilities that lay ahead of me and challenging me to provide the best possible support for my students.”
- London Enterprise Academy
“The SEND Conference was a wonderful opportunity to get an in-depth insight into the role of SENCOs in schools, the various needs of students and the different ways in which the school community can support them and their families.”
- New Wave Federation
“Superb. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative, good resources and great networking opportunities.”
- Rushey Mead Academy