25 February, 2020 | 13:00 to 13:30
What the Dubai Inclusion Framework Means in Reality
The Dubai Inclusion Strategy and Framework articulates a clear commitment to creating a fully cohesive and inclusive community with inclusive education at the heart of a forward thinking, positive and effective education system. However, this presents significant challenges for schools as they make the move to becoming truly inclusive that arise not simply from conceptual factors but also the management of structural and systemic aspects of school development and improvement. It falls on SLT and the Inclusion Champion to develop policy and strategy to ensure true inclusive practices that do not just pay lip service to the concept. This workshop gives you the opportunity to explore what inclusion looks like in practice within this context, offering practical strategies to meet the inclusion agenda.
25 February, 2020 | 16:30 to 17:30
Developing Action Research as a Model for Effective CPD and School Improvement
If employers wish to retain the hearts and minds as well as the physical presence of teachers, then CPD which is appropriate to their cognitive and emotional needs, concerns and commitment at different times in their professional lives and in different school and classroom contexts as well as those of their department and/or organisation is essential. It is important that school leaders recognise the need for CPD as a continuum, from early entry career teachers to aspirant leaders. Research suggests that teachers do not benefit from being passive in their learning process and really benefit from adopting an action research methodology that embraces learning about current practice. This session explores how this approach can be adopted in schools as a cost effective way of developing staff.
26 February, 2020 | 14:30 to 15:30
Developing Effective Middle Leaders: A Systemic Approach
Schools are under enormous pressure to evolve to meet the complex requirements and expectations that come from within (from parents, governors or owners); or from outside (from competitors; from regulatory shifts; or from long-term economic and demographic trends). At the heart of an outstanding schools lies an understanding of effective school improvement which involves outstanding leadership, competent teachers, development of vision and culture, appropriate resources, pedagogy and the broader school community all working in harmony to transform school practices in ways that lead to better student outcomes. This sessions looks at how the development of effective middle leaders can facilitate sustainable school improvement.