Future Leaders

Future Leaders

10:30 - 11:15How the IPC prepares pupils to be leaders of their own future, and with that have the potential to be positive future leaders

How do we show our young people the direction in which to go, or the path in which to tread? The truth is, that this is not actually a feasible or realistic goal for educational settings. Instead, how can we prepare pupils to manage their own future? This is where the importance of the interconnected areas of learning which focus on academic, personal and global attributes, helps pupils to secure their own pathway to the future. The IPC personal learning goals develop the qualities that are needed to not only equip them for the many challenges that life will present them, but also enables them to be proactive and ready to adapt and innovate, in order to prepare for the future. This is an education that asks pupils deeper questions like “What action are you going to take?” Ultimately, I would like to show how, by creating pupils who are resilient, adaptable, ethical, and confident, we will have the potential to nurture Leaders who are thinkers. And the world needs a few more of those.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Sarah Brannon | Head of Preparatory School, Brighton College Dubai

11:30 - 12:15Skills for Employability - Enabling the Workforce of the Future

Skills for employability are fast becoming a non-negotiable part of every school and university curricula and programs.  However, the statistics are showing a disconnect between education and the skills and competencies that entrants to the employment market need to be positive contributors to a 21st century global economy. This presentation will look at how Microsoft is working with education system leaders across the world to support the work they are doing in reimagining education so as to fit this new post COVID reality.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:30 - 13:15Training for future leaders

Developing young talent is necessary for any organization to thrive and survive. New leaders can learn how to help build greater team trust, respect, and effectiveness.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Zen Khan | Managing Partner, ZEN Professional Development

13:30 - 14:15What we wish we had known about school leadership

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. In 2019-20, Dr Helen Wright and Dr Sarah Howling, both highly experienced former school leaders, embarked on a project to ask school leaders across the world to share their learnings about leadership, which resulted in a book (publication date December 2020). This session shares many of these key insights, along with key pieces of advice for aspiring leaders (and leaders who are already in post), including: • how to lead yourself first • how to develop relationships and culture– the key to leadership • how to manage difficult people and have difficult conversations.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Helen Wright | Board Chair, International Education Advisor, Executive Leadership Coach

14:30 - 15:15Building student's mental toughness and curiosity to enhance emotional and academic resilience

In the face of an increasingly volatile, uncertain complex and ambiguous world, education can make the difference as to whether young people embrace the challenges they are confronted or whether they are defeated by them. A Mental Toughness programme for Key Stage 3 (age 11 to 14) was developed with the intent to promote and increase wellbeing, optimism, engagement and mental toughness in students. This study tracks the psychological wellbeing and mental toughness of secondary school students who participated in the pilot with very promising outcomes.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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15:30 - 15:50Happy Teachers, happy stakeholders

A talk on how the happiness and well-being of staff, namely teachers should be prioritised. The effect of looking after your teaching staff has on all stakeholders. Incorporating students, management and shareholders. Teacher well-being is management responsibility

 

Language : English

Topic : Motivation / Coaching

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16:05 - 16:50Balanced Feedback Approach

Ever feel like you have to do it all and comment on everything when visiting a learning environment? Teachers need opportunities to grow, just like our scholars. We aim to provide our educators with feedback that is targeted, timely and specific to help grow their practice. In this session, I will introduce a balanced feedback approach aimed at keeping the main thing the main thing, high leverage practices, when observing teaching and learning.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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10:15 - 10:45PE to SLT - The Journey from Middle Leadership to Senior Leadership

Reflections from two senior leaders who have made the move from Head of PE to SLT within the last four years. A reflection on what would have been good to know before, what helped us before starting, and what lessons could only be learned the hard way.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:00 - 11:20School leaders: aspirations and challenges

Every school staff member should possess the inner drive to move up the ladder and assume leadership positions in their schools. The ultimate goal is obviously to become a school leader (head/principal/director). However, the process to achieving that can be daunting and filled with obstacles, challenges, and hardships. This presentation will shed the light on best practices for aspiring leaders to be able to successfully navigate their way towards their goals. Understanding what it takes to be a successful leader, be it middle leader or senior one, requires qualification, training, mentoring, and coaching.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Mohamad Saad | Principal, AJYAL International School, MBZ, Abu Dhabi

11:30 - 12:15Being an Inclusive Leader of the Future

To be a thriving leader in the global setting, one must be at the forefront of inclusive and diverse workplace practices. This workshop explores the brief history of inclusion in the workplace and delves into current progressive practices for executives and leaders.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:30 - 13:15Leading from the heart: radically shifting the focus of schools

This session is aimed at leaders who want their leadership to become more deeply impactful in school. Based on Dr Helen Wright’s experience as a leadership coach over the past 7 years, her collaboration with other colleagues, and her training as a Heartstyles Associate, this session will explore: • how to understand and own your personal values • how to shift the language of values in school, starting with the Board • how to have the courage to lead up as well as down.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Helen Wright | Board Chair, International Education Advisor, Executive Leadership Coach

13:30 - 14:15Developmental Assets

I will be using Research to show how Developmental Assets plays a vital role in the lives of children. Assets are 40 values, experiences and qualities that help kids succeed. Adult role models is ONE of SIX boundaries-and-expectations assets. 27% of youth surveyed have this asset in their lives. Search Institute, has identified 40 positive experiences and qualities that all of us have the power to bring into the lives of children and youth, which are called Developmental Assets. For many people, the assets have become a source of ideas and inspiration in the face of frustration. Peter Benson, Search Institute President, coined the phrase, "the power of one" - the potential for one individual to help to heal, to support, to challenge, and to change, for the better, the life of a young person.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:30 - 15:15How We Can All Embrace a World-Class Mentality

The overall focus is the evolution of the high performing board and already in discussion is diversity, financial scrutiny and risk, and board effectiveness. - Re-visit their trust’s strategic focus and how effectively it sets out its plans to shape the education of the future workforce (pandemic has impacted the future employment outlook for children) An encouragement to really explore the ‘skills’ plans within trusts, but from a positive point of view. Our schools are the engines of our future economy, so we’ve got to take this even more seriously. - Recognise key characteristics of a strategic entrepreneurial ethos, as demonstrated by educational settings across the world A world-class mentality also includes the desire to relentlessly innovate. Explore these characteristics and that schools have these skills in abundance. - Recognise the innovative working and educational practices that have been learnt as a direct result of the pandemic and capture what must continue.

 

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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15:30 - 16:15Defining your unique early years curriculum

 The revised EYFS that came into practice in September 2021 emphasizes using professional judgment to devise a curriculum that meets the needs of the children in each unique setting. This current version of the EYFS focuses on being the skeleton that supports each setting to make decisions about the knowledge and skills that they feel their children need to learn, taking into consideration their unique context.

For many settings, though, the previous EYFS had been used as a complete template that informed their teaching and learning and dominated day to day practices.  Defining your own curriculum can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. However, now good settings are expected to define what makes them special and show how they met their children’s needs.

 Even if you don’t follow the EYFS, now is a good time to consider using your professional knowledge and judgment to define a curriculum that really meets the needs of your children.  This talk discusses where to start and how to ensure that your curriculum reflects your ethos and core values.

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Dr. Sarah Rogers | Founder and CEO, Early Years Educational Services & Quest Direct

16:30 - 16:50Assessing the potential to teach, lessons from an education assessment center

In this presentation, Richard will explain how an applied psychology assessment center has been used to assess teacher trainees’ potential prior to entering teacher training. The presentation will also report on findings from an ongoing longitudinal study into the assessment center’s ability to predict later classroom performance. Richard will also suggest ways that schools and others involved in teacher recruitment and selection could improve their processes, in order to find the best candidates for their school or programme.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

Speaker:
  • Dr Richard Churches | Lead Adviser - Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice, Education Development Trust

10:30 - 11:15The Education Technology Apocalypse... And How To Avoid It

The vast majority of schools have taken an unstructured approach to building their educational technology over the last few years, yet slowly but surely it has become mission critical for their operations. School leaders are now realising they have created highly complex ecosystems that are commonly referred to as “Jenga towers”. To make matters worse, the systems generate rich data - making schools an increasingly attractive target for the cyber-crime community. Industry expert, Glaucia Rosas, will shed light on the multiple challenges that school leaders will soon be facing and give practical recommendations to what they can do to overcome them.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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11:30 - 12:15Make your school World Class by focusing on the Learning Sciences

We used to think that only a proportion of students could be academically successful - but now we know better. In great schools everyone achieves highly regardless of their background and the students are not ‘test passers’ but well-rounded individuals ready to thrive in life beyond school in an increasing complex world. To get there you need all staff to understand how to create cognitive success and you need a meticulous approach to making it happen. This talk looks at the Learning Science and High Performance Learning (HPL), used by HPL schools internationally to normalise high performance. Developed by Professor Eyre and based on 40 years of research into how the most successful learners think and learn, HPL helps schools develop a positive culture where students are confident and engaged in their learning, staff are enjoying their teaching and where existing teaching and learning approaches are strengthened so that ensure that far more students reach high performance.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:30 - 13:15Leadership in the Foundation Stage

Being a leader is challenging no matter where or what you are leading, but this is especially the case in EYFS. In this session, we’ll go over what leadership means in the context of EYFS, why it’s so important, and provide actionable tips on how to start becoming the leader that your school needs. There are amazing FS sections across some of the schools in Dubai, who beat the odds to provide exceptional experiences, and if you take a close look at these schools, you will undoubtedly trace it back to strong leadership. So how do you become one of these great leaders? Attend the session to learn how to improve your leadership skills!

At the session, we will explore:

  • What is leadership? What are the key leadership skills?
  • Who do you consider a great leader? What are the qualities they have?
  • The different types of leadership—administrative, pedagogical, community, conceptual and advocacy.
  • Pathways and pitfalls to leadership
  • Building Leadership within yourself; opportunities for leadership development

 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Remediana Dias | Head of Foundation Stage, Dubai Scholars Private School

13:30 - 14:15The Future Leader

I have and will always believe in a life of service, I am a Sikh by heritage, and this is part of my DNA, I believe a rich life consists fundamentality of service to others, and what a better way than education. I help young people with CV’s interview skills, I believe in social justice and equal opportunities for everyone. For me the pandemic has highlighted a need for leadership that is founded in empathy, compassion, vulnerability, and awareness, as well at the required grit, determination. People including our staff and students have suffered the biggest trauma of a generation, losing loved ones not having normal freedoms and to quieten this trauma we need to consider future capabilities carefully.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Kam Chohan | Executive Director, ECIS (Educational Collaborative for International Schools)