Dr Anne Raynor

Director of Education Programmes

University of Birmingham

Dr Anne Raynor has worked as a senior leader and headteacher in schools for many years, both in the UK and internationally. She is also an Independent School Inspector, with expertise in compliance. Anne holds the NPQH qualification and is also a UK Academy Principal Associate. Anne has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and works closely with regulatory bodies here in the UAE to support school improvement and development. She is passionate about raising standards in schools and inclusive education and has an international portfolio of CPD delivery. Anne is currently Director of Education Programmes and Senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham.


Education in action

25 February 2020 | 13:00 - 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.

Future Leaders

25 February 2020 | 16:30 - 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.