IPSEF Middle East, Dubai, 21-23 September 2018

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IPSEF Middle East 2018

21 & 22 September: InterContinental Dubai Festival City
23 September: School Visits

Media and Press Clippings from IPSEF Middle East 2018

We are very pleased to showcase media and press clippings from the recent IPSEF Middle East 2018 event.

Thank you to everyone involved for the great media coverage on the event.

IPSEF’s unrivalled blend of speakers, exhibitors and delegates creates a unique and powerful platform for anyone needing to identify best practice in planning and delivering a new school, and those wanting to make connections with potential investors, suppliers and regulators.

IPSEF Middle East 2018 was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Festival City over a weekend.

Thank you to everyone who attended, including the speakers, exhibitors, press coverage, A/V team and to the three schools for hosting the visits on the last day.

Here are the topics that we're covered during the conference 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
  • VAT in the education sector
  • Niche schools - finding your school's USP
  • Focus on recruitment and retention
  • School trends
  • HR & Employing staff in the UAE
  • Good Governance of Schools
  • Wellbeing & Mindfulness - for the whole school - practical demos
  • Meditation sessions
  • Practical workshops for leaders and senior managers
  • Insights on the UAE K-12 education landscape
  • Teacher Permit Updates
  • Marketing your school in a competitive market
  • Value added measures in comparing schools
  • Learning environment talks & is your school fit for purpose
  • The challenges of setting up a school for children with educational needs
  • Setting up a nursery
  • The Importance of performing arts in schools
  • Launching a new school
  • Talks from newly opened schools
  • Why Entrepreneurship must be taught at schools
  • How to Capture the Best Leaders in the World & What Works with School Leadership
  • Bilingualism in Early Years
  • How to achieve personalised learning for all abilities
  • Plus a day of school visits to bring the talks to life


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

Tarek Alami, Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa and India, Education Development Trust

Lynsay Ansell, Head of Drama, Hartland International School

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting

Eileen Barnes-Vachell, Lead Advisor, Gabbitas

Rowan Bell, Head of Human Resources, Taaleem

Fiona Carter, Director of Academics (Early Years), Huili Institute of Learning, Wellington Colleges China

Nalini Cook, Head of Research for the Middle East, ISC Research

Fiona Cottam, Principal, Hartland International School

Derek Devine, International Business Development Manager, Edmentum International

Maya El Hachem, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

Jonathan Dey, Principal/CEO, GEMS Al Barsha National Boys School

Courteney Donaldson, Managing Director of Childcare & Education, Christie & Co.

Samantha Ellaby, Senior Associate, Clyde & Co.

Shaun Fenton, Headmaster, Reigate Grammar School

Rebecca Ford, Partner, Clyde & Co

Charles Grayhurst, Founding Principal, The Arbor School

Ashley Green, Year 1 Teacher & Well-being Coordinator, JESS School

Ben Hanneford-Smith, Head of Business Development, EtonX

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

Dr. Ahmed Hussain, Senior Director of Academics, Huili Institute of Learning, Wellington Colleges China

Chinmay Jhaveri, Senior Manager, L.E.K. Consulting

Zen Kahn, CEO, Education 1st Recruitment

Anisa Kanji, Manager, Indirect Taxes, PwC

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

Iwan Lloyd, Head of Education, Shamal Group Ltd.

James Neill, International Director, GL Education

Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools

Andrew Prosser, Principal, Dubai Heights Academy

Tim Richardson, Principal, Raffles International School

Sarah Rogers, CEO, EYES

Matthew Savage, Principal, International Community School Amman

Daniel Shaw, Business Development Director Tax and Legal, PwC

Tim Shelton, Associate Director – Head of Project Controls, Arcadis International Ltd.

Najiha Syeda, School Counselor, Dwight School Dubai

Elise Tarvainen, Director, Learning, Isku Interior Oy

Taner Topcu, Director of Academic Zone, RAKEZ

Navin Valrani, CEO, Arcadia Education

Alison Watson, Chief Executive, Class of Your Own

Dr. Helen Wright, Associate Consultant, LSC Education

GL Education Masterclass

Digging Deeper with CAT4 Data - A Masterclass with Matthew Savage

Running in parallel with the IPSEF Middle East conference on Saturday 22 September, this half-day masterclass was led by global CAT4 expert, Matthew Savage (pioneer of #themonalisaeffect). It offered you the chance to:

  • examine some of the actual CAT4 data from your school
  • explore the different flags which can help you dig deeper into the data (e.g. Verbal Deficit, Maths Car etc)
  • identify students and groups of students in need of additional interventions and support
  • consider strategies which might better ensure the impact of the data on individual students, cohorts and, indeed, the whole school

The masterclass was run in conjunction with the IPSEF Middle East conference, however there was an additional fee to attend.







Gabbitas Education

GL Education

L.E.K. Consulting


Wenger Corporation

School Visits on Sunday 23 September to:

GEMS Founders School – Al Mizhar (GFM) is a brand-new co-ed school conveniently located in the heart of Dubai offering an affordable international curriculum. GFM, the latest school to join the GEMS Education network, opened in September 2018 with more than 1,576 new students.

Dubai Heights Academy is a British Curriculum school that provides students with excellent opportunities and support to develop academically, socially and emotionally. A place where students feel secure, significant and valued

in a progressive, modern and engaging environment.

At Hartland International School, we combine a unique blend of academic challenge, enrichment opportunities and pastoral support to target excellence and create a values-based community of teachers, children and parents. This rich combination, we call “The Hartland Way”, the bedrock of our strong values-driven education.

Further details on each of these schools can be found on the conference programme here

Platinum Partner


Knowledge Partners

ISC Research
Dubai Knowledge
GL Education

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Eton X

Supported By


Media Partners

John Catt Educational Limited
Tag Educa News Agency
Relocate Global
International School Leader