Tuesday 28 February 2017 09:30 to Wednesday 01 March 2017 16:30
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

Teaching, Learning and Life Beyond School

28 February – 1 March 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

School leaders cannot change students’ prior attainment but they can have a huge impact on their future success. John Hattie’s work in Visible Learning (2003) has shown conclusively that after the student’s own character then teacher effectiveness has the largest influence on student attainment.  The school leader has the capacity to influence teacher recruitment, teacher professional development in their school, look for international partnership opportunities, and create a culture of reflective practice. This conference will hear from a variety of contemporary approaches at a system or individual school level that have helped optimise teacher effectiveness. 

How students learn, what they should learn and how we recognise and reward that learning are widely debated and often politicised topics.  The conference will hear about new research into the learning process, new approaches to defining learning outcomes and innovative approaches to assessment. 

The final theme that we will explore is life beyond school. The best schools offer more than just academic excellence to their students, they also provide opportunities for students to develop as future leaders and citizens, with all the skills needed to live, work and prosper in the 21st century. The conference will hear from school leaders who have pioneered imaginative programmes in their schools to help student development.


The conference will consist of a mix of keynote speeches, plenary papers, panel discussions and shorter paper presentations. The conference will enable policy makers, school leaders and academics to collaborate together exchanging ideas, experiences and policies.


The conference is for 300 school leaders from schools that are part of the British Council’s Partner Schools Global Network.


Registration will take place from 08.30 at the Cinnamon Lakeside on Tuesday 28 February and the conference starts at 09.30. The conference finishes at 16.30 on Wednesday 1 March. Delegates will be expected to stay for the two days.


Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo

117 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha

Colombo 02, Sri Lanka




The fee for the conference is £95. (Rs. 18,000). Registrations will close on 10 February 2017.

If you're residing in Sri Lanka, you might stand a chance to win an early bird discount of Rs. 10,000 if you're one of the first 100 registrations!

Fees should be paid through your local British Council office, in the same way as you would normally pay for Exam entries. You will provide proof of payment before finalising registration at the link below.

The conference fee includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions
  • Conference dinner on the night of 28 February
  • Refreshments and lunch on the conference days

Preferential accommodation rates have been secured at the conference venue, the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo. Delegates are responsible for paying these individually. The rate will apply to rooms booked before 01 February.       

Register on or before 10 February 2017!


Please visit https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/visainfo/center.jsp?locale=en_US# for information on obtaining a visa for Sri Lanka. You will need a short-term business visa.