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Kai Vacher


British School Muscat and British School Salalah

Following 25 years of working in the UK state sector, Kai was appointed Principal of British School Muscat in 2011. In 2019 his role was extended to include responsibility for British School Salalah with a commitment to ensuring the same high standards of excellence for its students. Kai continues to be inspired by his students, colleagues, and communities at both BSM and BSS. Kai is an elected member of the COBIS Board of Directors and Country Representative for BSME. He was honored to be recognised as one of the top international education influencers by ISC Research in 2021 and 2022. 


30 October, 2023 | 12:10 to 12:55
Being a school leader in the Middle East

This panel explores the unique opportunities and challenges faced by education leaders in the Middle East. From navigating cultural differences to implementing innovative teaching strategies, this panel offers insights and practical advice for school leaders looking to make a positive impact in the region's diverse and rapidly evolving educational landscape.

31 October, 2023 | 10:30 to 10:50
Creating a coaching culture in your school where trust and dialogue support professional growth

Would you like to create a coaching culture in your school where trust and dialogue support professional growth?

What practical steps do schools need to consider taken as they embark on this significant, substantial and sustained cultural shift?

Drawing on more than 5 years of school coaching culture research, development and implementation with his team at British School Muscat, Kai will facilitate a discussion on the 5 steps that schools could take to create a coaching culture in their school(s) including:

1. Abandoning teacher judgement and graded lesson observations

2. Establishing a shared language to discuss teaching and learning

3. Creating time and space for coaching conversations

4. Growing a coaching team

5. Autonomy and accountability - finding balance as part of the workshop Kai will share resources, tools and references that will help schools looking to establish or strengthen a coach