What is Schools Now?
British Council’s first Schools Now conference under the Partner Schools Global Network banner was held in Abu Dhabi in March 2016, with the goal of encouraging thought leadership in the education sector through interaction, the exchange of ideas, and collaboration. This year's conference will bring together education leaders from around the world for a packed two days filled with plenaries, parallel sessions, gallery walks etc. with more than 250 participants that are part of the British Council’s Partner Schools Global Network.
Schools Now! 2017 | 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.
WHAT’S ON OFFER?
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. Download the Schools Now! 2017 full programme.