IPSEF Middle East, Dubai, 21-23 September 2018

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IPSEF Middle East
21-23 September 2018

KHDA Headquarters, Academic City, Dubai

Conference: 21 & 22 September
School visits: 23 September

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.

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

Here are the topics and 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
  • HR & Employment
  • Good Governance of Schools
  • Wellbeing & Mindfulness - for the whole school - practical demos
  • Yoga 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
  • Governance of 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
  • VAT in the education sector
  • Plus a day of school visits to bring the talks to life

Save as much as £200 per person when you book 3 places or more


Here are the expert line up of speakers:

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

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, LEK Consulting

Nadine Bassil, Partner, VAT Team, PwC

Rowan Bell, Head of Human Resources, Taaleem

Fiona Carter, Director of Academics (Early Years), Wellington College China & Huili Group

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, Mindful Teacher - JESS Jumeirah Teacher

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

Dr. Ahmed Hussain, Senior Director of Academics, Wellington College China & Huili Group

Chinmay Jhaveri, Senior Manager, LEK Consulting

Zen Kahn, CEO, Education 1st

Anisa Kanji, Manager, VAT Team, PwC

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

James Neill, International Director, GL Education

Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools

Andrew Prosser, Principal, Dubai Heights Academy

David Quick, Principal, Riverston School Dubai

Sarah Rogers, CEO, EYES

Matthew Savage, Principal, International Community School Amman

Graeme Scott, Director, Fairgreen International School

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

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 is led by global CAT4 expert, Matthew Savage (pioneer of #themonalisaeffect). It will offer 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

Places are limited to 12 delegates per session to ensure a fully interactive session.

This masterclass is running in conjunction with the IPSEF Middle East conference, however there is an additional fee to attend.

Find out more and book by clicking here for the AM session and PM Session

Platinum Partner


Knowledge Partners

Clyde & Co.
Dubai Knowledge
GL Education

Silver Sponsors

Eton X

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Media Partners

John Catt Educational Limited