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Developing Outstanding Leadership in Schools and Embracing the Fourth Educational Revolution 

  • Introducing a cultural change across the independent school sector and driving improvement in educational technology
  • Supporting senior leaders to develop teaching and assessment innovations, increasing pupil engagement and raising their attainment
  • Considering improvements already made by technology in school: roll-calls, lesson enhancement, marking, and assessing
  • Exploring how Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are helping personalise teaching to the needs of an individual student and increasing levels of interaction with the learners, including SEND learners
  • Examining the role the existing schools system should play in shaping new technology

  • Supporting independent schools to flourish as a key part of a diverse and liberal education system
  • Attracting high quality career-changers to the independent schools sector, with over 30% of Ashford School’s staff previously engaged in other careers
  • Enhancing the school experience by recruiting people who have worked in other fields before going into teaching
  • Allowing professionals to teach the subjects they are qualified for and bringing a different perspective to the classroom
  • Changing the way schools approach teacher training through the HMCTT and implementing effective school-based training schemes for those accessing the profession

  • The Independent Schools landscape has never seen such dynamic change nor such significant challenges
  • The need to be adaptable and to work co-operatively within the sector has never been greater
  • Through collegiate adaptation opportunities will present themselves helping to ensure a continuing vibrant, successful and leading presence in the British and International educational field for our schools

  • Are partnerships between schools and universities established enough? Do they serve both parties well?
  • Creating partnerships between primary, secondary and tertiary education, making a meaningful pathway through education
  • Continuity in teaching expectations and standardization created through partnerships
  • Greater access to resources and shared achievement of goals
  • Creating a fit-for-purpose pathway that provides the best outcome for learners and value-for-money for providers
  • The need for excellent leadership from all institutions to ensure that partnerships work effectively
  • Nottingham University’s Schools Partnership Gateway

How Can School Partnerships Shape the Future of Education?

  • Examining the principles of cross-sector partnerships, with 88% of ISC schools currently in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities
  • Setting out the vision for a collaborative school system: how can independent schools facilitate social mobility and increase the number of pupils from under-represented groups progressing to highly selective universities?
  • Exploring how partnerships can encompass teacher training and recruitment, facility sharing and school sponsorship, what are the key practical steps to follow?
  • How can partnerships help develop outstanding teachers in a supporting, enriching environment, well-prepared for their future career?
  • How can partnerships create cost-savings, improve income generation and make the most of school buildings and estates?
  • How can partnerships with state schools support the development of academically successful confident young people, while providing career guidance, learning and sporting opportunities?

How Can School Ensure Outstanding ISI Pupil Outcomes for All Students?

    • What are the highest impact strategies for raising academic and personal attainment for all pupils?
    • Considering effective marking and feedback systems which enable pupils to understand and improve their learning and performance, what are the lessons learned?
    • How can schools use data analytics and insights effectively, engage staff in the observation process and successfully self-evaluate?
    • Developing a vision for your school: what are the necessary components to raise the profile and impact of teaching across the whole curriculum?
    • How can we enhance innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables?
    • Inspections: how can you successfully provide evidence to demonstrate successful pupils outcomes ahead of your inspection?
    • Viewing the ISI inspection process as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
    • Managing the “fear factor” – Tackling staffroom culture, preconceptions and attitudes towards inspection
    • How a successful inspection preparation and process will lead to positive, lasting pupil outcomes in all areas of school life: academic, pastoral and co-curricular
    • The impact of inspection outcomes on school business growth

  • Overcoming challenges related to Brexit by enhancing your school’s marketing strategy
  • How can schools continue engaging international students with a British curriculum and assessments after Brexit?
  • Providing adequate facilities to ensure the wellbeing and improve the experience of international students
  • Increasing appeal abroad through partnerships, exchanges and promotion

Preparing Independent Schools for Data Protections Challenges

  • Outlining key obligations for independent schools when procession personal data and preventing risks of cyber attacks
  • Supporting schools in GDPR implementation and looking at the role of Data Protection Officers
  • Offering a step by step guide to enhancing data protection work in schools
  • Looking at the future of data protection, where do we go from here?

  • Developing the 21st century classroom: how can school enhance blending technology to revolutionise the way students learn?
  • Creating a ground-breaking innovation centre including a robotics centre, a virtual-reality room, a green screen room, animation pods and a filming drone
  • Providing pupils access to different forms of technology and enabling them to create apps and other tech tools
  • Harnessing tech to make a real difference to young people’s lives and increase their employability

  • Practical insight in to how to spot the signs of someone with a mental illness and how to have this conversation
  • Practical tips to help parents increase their understanding of mental health and so they feel able to support their young people with their mental health, and prevent them hitting crisis
  • Awareness of mental health so that people across schools feel educated and able to open up
  • Helping children learn to express themselves and talk about how they feel in a healthy way

How Can Schools Promote Good Mental Health From Pupils To Heads?

  • Outlining the role of Government’s reforms to tackle the mental health crisis; is the new Green Paper helping?
  • Exploring the importance of extra-curricular activities to maintaining good mental health
  • SEND leadership: how can you create an inclusive culture in your school and support wellbeing?
  • Examining how the key skills of critical thinking, healthy stress coping mechanisms and emotional literacy can be nurtured throughout a child’s development
  • Improving teacher retention and ensuring well-being through the provision of effective support
  • Engaging pupils, parents and practitioners with issues of sexuality and gender