Dr Helen Wright


Global Thought Leadership

Dr Helen Wright is a highly experienced International Education Advisor who challenges and coaches leaders and schools around the world to think and act ambitiously about the future of schools, education and young people. Her main areas of expertise lie in the development of global competence, diversity of thought and authentic leadership. She is a former Vice-Chair of the UK Independent Schools Council and a school inspector who led top independent schools in the UK and Australia for 13 years. As an Associate of LSC Education, she recruits leadership candidates for roles in international schools across the world and she coaches several school leaders internationally, helping them to raise their game at whichever stage of their career they find themselves. She holds several Board Director roles in the UK and overseas, and currently works with schools and leaders in Hong Kong, Australia, China, the UAE, the Netherlands and the UK, amongst other countries.



25 February 2020 | 12:45 - 12:55 | The Globally Competent School: Why, What and How

This session will take participants through the important steps needed for your school to build the foundations needed to develop truly globally competent young people. Drawing on research into what global competence can look like, including the outcomes of the latest PISA tests (which have tested global competence for the very first time), this session will empower and enable participants to take their schools on a practical journey towards global competence. It will explore: • what global competence is; • how global competence can and should be developed in schools; • the 3 key steps that schools can take to create more globally competent students. It is based on the learnings captured in Dr Helen Wright’s latest book for schools and school leaders – ‘The Globally Competent School: a manual’ – which was published in October 2019.

Future Leaders

25 February 2020 | 13:30 - 14:30 | Positioning Yourself For a School Leadership Role: Why and How

This session is aimed at teachers and school leaders who are thinking about taking on a more senior leadership role now or in the future. Based on Dr Helen Wright’s experience over several years with LSC Education as a recruiter of school leaders in the UAE and globally, the session will explore: • why it is so important to find the right leadership role; • how to find the right role; and • how applicants for leadership roles can position themselves effectively for a successful application.

Future Leaders

27 February 2020 | 12:30 - 13:30 | Utilising the Power of the Community to Enhance Opportunities for Your Students

This session will draw on the frameworks outlined in Dr Helen Wright’s 2016 book, ‘Powerful Schools: how schools can be drivers of social and global mobility’, which have been used successfully in schools across the world over the past few years. It will look at what community means for a school, and how this can translate into practice in schools for teachers, school leaders and above all students. During the session, participants will explore: • the mutual benefits that come from creating a far-reaching community; • how to extend your school community significantly; and • the steps that schools need to take to turn these ideas into practice.