IPSEF Middle East, Dubai, 21-23 September 2018

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21-23 September 2018

KHDA, Dubai

Conferences: 21 & 22 September
School visits: 23 September

The next IPSEF Middle East 2018 will be held at the exciting KHDA venue to create a vibrant and distinctly different kind of event. Held over a weekend IPSEF Middle East promises a creative, dynamic and fresh enviroment in which to meet, learn and network.

Here are 11 great reasons to join us in Dubai:

  • New case studies from schools and 'one year on updates'
  • Critical data and research - findings for informed decision makers
  • Talk as you walk networking sessions
  • Debates in the boxing ring!
  • Niche schools - finding your school's USP
  • Focus on recruitment and retention
  • School Trends
  • Wellbeing & Mindfulness - for the whole school - practical demos
  • Yoga sessions to start and end the day
  • Practical workshops for leaders and senior managers

Would you like to be a speaker, send your talk suggestion to Helen

For more information on stands and sponsorship contact Mark

A review of IPSEF Middle East 2017

IPSEF is the only Pan-regional business conference for private and international schools.

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

Comprising of 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 left inspired and connected to high level contacts across the educational supply chain.

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

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

Join us in Dubai in 2018 and return home stimulated, informed and better connected than ever before.

The Lexicon Reading Center IPSEF School visits

On 5th October 2017 we visited the following two schools and a children's centre

  • GEMS Founders School
  • Dubai British School
  • Riverston Children's Centre

Click here for more details on the schools and the children's centre

IPSEF Middle East 2017 Speakers included:

Kalthoom AlBalooshi, Executive Director of Educational Development, 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)

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, MENA Education Leader, Parthenon-EY

Loluck Baby, Associate Manager, Green School Initiative

Ross Barfoot, Partner, Clyde & Co.

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

Fiona Carter, Regional Development Manager, Early Excellence

John Conway, School Principal., Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys, Abu Dhabi

Nalini Cook, Head of Middle East Research, ISC Research

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Doll, Education Director, The Boston Initiative

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

David Hicks, Principal, Emirates International School, Jumeirah

Jonathan Hughes-D'Aeth, Chief Education Officer, EKI (Evolvence Knowledge Investments)

Naveed Iqbal, Principal, International School Creative Science, Dubai

Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus

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

Kate McMillan, Head of Inclusion, Aldar Academies

Ann Mroz, Editor, TES

James Mullan, Co-Founder WhichSchoolAdvisor

Rajesh Mundra, Dean/Instructor, Phillips Academy Andover

James Neill, International Director, GL Education Group

Ian Pratt, Director, Scott Brownrigg

Ziad Rafhi, Lecturer – Mathematics, Mc-Graw Hill Education

Nadine Richards, Education Consultant Specialist and Former Head of Al Maaref

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

Tariq Shaikh, President, RJ Fleming & Co (Middle East & South Asia) and Managing Partner, RHT Partners

Imran Sheikh, Executive Director, Equitativa

Abhishek Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation Holdings, UAE

Harjesh Singh, Chief Financial Officer – MENA, Global Schools Foundation

Yodphet Sudsawad, Founder, Panyaden International School, Thailand

Taner Topcu, Director, RAKEZ 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

IPSEF Middle East 2017 Speaker topics included:

  • GCC education insights
  • New international school development opportunities in the Middle East
  • Early Intervention: How and Why
  • 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
  • The first solar powered school
  • Building a school and making it successful
  • Legal Guidelines

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

These workshops we're to be booked separately with GL Education

If you have any questions please: email GL Education


Aspect Group


Clyde & Co


GL Education

McGraw-Hill Education

Nora Systems

Oxford University Press


Schrole Group

Search Associates

TES Global



Winter’s School Finder

Knowledge Partners

Clyde and Co.
GL Education
Parthenon EY

Strategic Partners

Dubai Knowledge
Education Intelligence Group

Supported By

Gold Supporter
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
Higher Education
Independent Education Today
Middle East Education Journal
NGE Education Now
Oxford Business Group
Relocate Global
Schools Compared
The Pie
TAG Educa News Agency
Teach Middle East
Youth Edication Magazine Young Vision
UAE Learning Network
Which School Adviser