IPSEF Middle East, Dubai, 3-5 October 2017

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3-5 October 2017

Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai

Conferences: 3-4 October
School visits: 5 October

Why should you attend IPSEF Middle East 2017?

The only Pan-regional business conference for private and international schools.

IPSEF Middle East is an important and well-established regional conference, with the 2017 event being the fifth to be held in the vibrant hub city state of Dubai.

Comprising two days of stimulating presentations, plenty of practical best practice Case Studies from schools, a full day of school visits and a relaxed networking reception, participants leave inspired and connected to high level contacts across the educational supply chain.

Speakers will bring their knowledge and perspectives from across the Middle East, with global perspectives from the Asia and Europe.

IPSEF’s audience comprises of a wide range of stakeholders involved in a new school operation, from schools and investors to the suppliers and regulators. Participants are senior figures from schools, usually Heads or owners, as well senior managers from industry, and national or regional regulators.

Join us in Dubai and return home stimulated, informed and better connected than ever before

Confirmed Speakers

Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Dr. Naji AlMahdi, Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)

Ian Bogle, Managing Director, Bogle Architects

Anne Bradbury, International Director, The Teaching Assistant College

Matthew Burfield, Principal & CEO, GEMS Founders School

Sharon Burke, Inclusion Leader, Fortes Education

Clyde & Co

Nalini Cook, Head of Middle East Research, ISC Research

Philip Corfield-Smith, Real Estate Partner, Pinsent Mason LLP

Fiona Cottam, Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School

Alistair Downs, Head of School, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar

Gertrude Gomez, Superintendent, Northwest Bilingual School, Kuwait and Educational Consultant, AlWazzan Education Company

Kamal Gupta, Group Chief Operating Officer, Global School Foundation, Singapore

Roland Hancock, Director – Education, PWC

Jackie Harland, Clinical Director, Riverston Group

Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth, Headmaster, Repton School Dubai

Naveed Iqbal, Principal, International School Creative Science, Dubai

Patrick Lee-Browne, Principal, Kent College Dubai

Daniel Lewis, Principal, North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Dubai

Saiqa Liaqat, Head of Secondary, The English College, Dubai

Ros Marshall, CEO, Taaleem

McGraw Hill

Kate McMillan, Head of Inclusion, Aldar Academies

Rajesh Mundra, Dean/Instructor, Phillips Academy Andover

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group


Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg

Virendra Rawat, Founder, Green School Initiative

Nadine Richards, Head of Schools (Principal), Al Maaref Private School LLC

Shaun Robison, Director of the Education Intelligence Group

Kevin J Ruth, Chief Executive, ECIS, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools

Abdul Salam Mohammed, CEO, Woodlem Park International School in Ajman

Carolyn Savage, Head of Education, Winter’s School Finder

Abhishek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings, UAE

Yodphet Sudsawad, Founder, Panyaden International School, Thailand

Taner Topcu, Director, RAK FTZ Academic Zone

Ettiene Van Der Watt, Regional Engineering & Training Manager Middle East & Africa, Axis Communications

Sarah Woodhead, Principal, K-12 Education Leader, DLR Group Middle East Architects

Speaker topics covered include:

  • GCC education insights
  • New international school development opportunities in the Middle East
  • Mindfulness in education
  • Values based education with academic excellence as a by-product
  • The happiness factor: How positive psychology transforms learning communities
  • A panel session on holistic education
  • A case study on GEMS Founders School
  • Getting value from your data - what data should a CEO of an International school be asking for?
  • How can data use drive improvement across a group of schools following differing International curricula?
  • The next generation of leaders – where do they come from and how do you prepare them
  • Being inclusive – provision for special educational needs
  • A case study towards inclusive education
  • Piloting teacher standards in Dubai: Lessons learned
  • The Importance of Teaching Assistant professional development
  • A case study on Kent College Dubai
  • Green Schools - The future of schooling
  • From Guildford to Qatar: Transporting 500 years of British academic excellence
  • School safety
  • The Early Living Village, Singapore - the largest kindergarden in the world
  • How to market your school in competitive times and mystery shopper school results
  • A panel about school fees
  • The STEM crisis and its effect on International School Staffing
  • A briefing session on the importance of design and construction of schools

GL Education Workshops

Running in parallel with the IPSEF Middle East conference on the 3 October at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, GL Education are running these three workshops. They offer practical guidance on one of the themes of the conference – the effective use of assessment:

Stream 1:
Effective use of CAT4 and Progress Tests for impact in the classroom

Link to: click here for Stream 1

Stream 2: CAT4 for impact in the classroom

Link to: click here for Stream 2

Stream 3: Educational Testing for SENCOs and Counsellors

Link to: click here for Stream 3

Note separate registration via GL Education is required for these workshops.

If you have any questions please: email GL Education

Knowledge Partners

Strategic Partners

Dubai Knowledge
Education Intelligence Group

Supported By

British Educational Suppliers Association, BESA
British Schools in the Middle East
McGraw Hill Education
Mint Communications
Oxford University Press
Search Associates

Media Partners

Dubai Survival Guide
Middle East Education Journal
Independent Education Today
Relocate Global
Schools Compared
The Pie
Teach Middle East
UAE Learning Network
Which School Adviser