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2016, Qatar

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2016 Qatar InterContinental, Doha The City 7 March 11 March

Conference Speakers

We have a really varied and exciting group of speakers for our second, consecutive conference in Qatar. We will learn from the EdTechTeam (James Sanders, Mark Hammons and another) what it is to be a Future-Ready School and will assimilate some excellent tools and advice to help us to ensure that our own schools are prepared for what lies ahead.

Dominic Peckham will make us laugh as we learn more about the power of music and singing in our schools and lives. Some of you will opt to join Dominic more in-depth sessions and will have the experience of being coached in a BSME Conference Choir, by one of Britain’s foremost conductors, coaches and performers.

Marcus Orlovsky will challenge our beliefs that we really do have the highest expectations for all of our students. His unique and highly effective style uses humour, everyday observations of life and his wide experience in helping young people progress though the Bryanston Square Foundation.

Dr Kay Sanderson (Middlesex University, Dubai) will give an optional session and valuable input and advice on the transition from school to university and the lack of preparedness of many students for this leap.

I look forward to an enjoyable and valuable conference – and with these speakers, there is no doubt that this will be achieved.

Ed Goodwin OBE

Read on to learn more about our speakers and what you will learn from their contribution to our 2016 Conference ……

The EdTechTeam, led by James Sanders

At the start of this school year, two members of the EdTechTeam gave two days of CPD to all teaching staff and senior leaders at St Christopher’s School, Bahrain. The response from teachers was overwhelmingly and highly positive. A number of staff-members said that it was the best CPD they had ever experienced! The delivery was exceptionally useful and was delivered in a light and humorous manner.

It was clear to me, from the first session at school, that this team would be wonderful for our Annual Conference. To keep group sizes small, a team of three, led by James Sanders, will deliver sessions on a variety of issues to do with Future-Ready Schools.

Are you Future Ready?

Being Future Ready is a mindset, not a destination. It involves being committed to the ideals of Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency and Inspiring Spaces. Technology is a key enabler for each of these elements, creating possibilities previously inconceivable and facilitating the redefinition of current practice. Over the two-day conference, you will engage in thought provoking seminars that raise awareness of what is possible today and explore transformational solutions for tomorrow.

Name James Sanders - EdTechTeam

James Sanders is the Chief Innovation Officer for EdTechTeam and co-founder of Future Ready Schools. Previously, James served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House working on education open data initiatives. He was the founder of the White House Film Festival (showcasing technology in education) and helped develop the President’s postsecondary education agenda.

Before the White House, James oversaw innovation for KIPP Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area where he managed the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. In addition to his work at KIPP and the White House, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU (Google). At Google he created YouTube Teachers and managed the K-12 video content curation project. James is also the co-founder of ClassBadges, a website that allows teachers to award digital badges to students. ClassBadges was acquired by EdStart in April of 2014. His career in education began teaching history in both South Los Angeles and San Francisco during which he pioneered a paperless, fully-blended, classroom model.

Name Mark Hammons - EdTechTeam

Mark Hammons currently serves as the Director of Innovation at EdTechTeam. Prior to this adventure, Mark served as the Educational Technology Coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education. Mark regularly spends his time coaching educators by conducting hands-on learning opportunities and sharing ideas with attendees at Ed Tech conferences. In additional, Mark also provides multimedia and mobile solutions for educators throughout the United States. Mark holds an M.A. in Educational Technology specializing in mobile learning and instructional design. Mark is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Innovative Educator, authorized Google Education Certified Trainer and New Media Consortium Ambassador. Prior to his educational adventure (a music teacher for 16 years), Mark spent three years as a Consultant for Accenture, a global management consulting firm.

Name Tracy Purdy - EdTechTeam

Tracy Purdy is the program manager for the Pre-Summits for all EdTechTeam Summits. Formerly, she was a Digital Learning Specialist for the Elementary Schools at Edina Public Schools in Minnesota. She also has twelve years of experience teaching both fourth and sixth grade in Colorado and Minnesota respectively. Ms. Purdy has implemented her district’s first one-to-one Chromebook classroom and has participated and presented at numerous educational technology conferences. Ms. Purdy has her B.A. and M.A. in elementary education and is also a google certified teacher. In her spare time, she can be found alpine skiing in Colorado, enjoying Minnesota’s numerous lakes and chasing her two young sons around.


Dominic Peckham


BSME Heads who have attended recent HMC or COBIS conferences will already be aware of the infectious enthusiasm that Dominic Peckham brings to his sessions. Everyone – musical or otherwise – leaves these feeling uplifted and that they have been part of a unifying team event.

In addition to giving input to all of us, Dominic will also work with smaller groups and rehearse some of those who want to be part of a BSME Conference Choir.
Everyone will enjoy Dominic’s contribution – and we’ll laugh as well as sing!

Dominic Peckham is widely regarded as a leading light in music education. His sessions for both adults and young people alike have been described as innovative, eye-opening and empowering; with Peckham using the voice as a way to develop not only musical skills, but also teamwork, leadership and confidence through interactive, fun and insightful masterclasses and workshops.

Peckham holds posts as Assistant Music Director for The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Director of Ulster Youth Training Choir, Artistic Director for The Royal Opera House’s youth project RM19 and Artistic Director and Founder of iSing UK - the touring schools workshop company. He regularly works in schools across the country and abroad leading workshop days and individual sessions to get students singing and working together across all ages.

He was recently invited to Nairobi in Kenya to spearhead the ‘Big Sing Kenya’, a project which involved almost 1000 students from not only the school at which he was based, but also local communities. In addition, Peckham has also served as a consultant of Trinity Guildhall’s teaching programme and as a Guest Speaker for ‘Sing Up’. He regularly leads sessions for The Voice Festival UK for the country’s a cappella ensembles, and was invited to work with The National Youth Training Choir of Scotland and The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Not only inspiring students and young people, Dominic regularly leads continuing professional development sessions and days.


Marcus Orlovsky


Marcus Orlovsky spoke at the recent IPSEF Conference in Dubai and is well known for his Ted talks and as a Ted host. Having heard him speak, I can tell you that he is inspirational, irreverent and passionate about his work with young people.

In his own words ……

“I am passionate about creating better opportunities for young people and have a good understanding of the way in which teaching and learning can and does take place.

I have been lucky enough to have lead an extraordinary team at Bryanston Square over the last fifteen years. Over that time our journey has been to tackle some key issues. We are often referred to as a ‘Do Tank’. In other words, we tend to see issues, sort them out, pilot solutions and then pass on to others to exploit whilst we get on with the next. As a result the actual work we are engaged with changes over time, but the overall context remains the same.

My time is taken up with projects and with helping drive change. I get asked to speak at conferences and seminars where my main focus is on achievement and removing blockers. Some call it motivational speaking.

I also get asked to speak to commercial organisations at conferences and seminars where the matters are remarkably similar. I’ve been lucky enough to have received great reviews.

Over the past years, we have been able to achieve some great results:
- We have helped thousands of teachers transform the way in which they assist and guide colleagues and students
- almost all of the students we have worked with have achieved and surpassed their expected results
- we instigated and put forward the rescue plan for Liverpool Schools following their loss of the previous Government’s Building Schools for the Future programme. Sadly all our hard work in bringing solutions, campaigning, motivating and designing was diluted by the procurement processes.”


Dr. Kay Sanderson – Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer – Education Programmes, Middlesex University Dubai


Dr. Sanderson holds a Ph.D. in Educational Research, a MBA in International Management and is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She has more than 20 years of experience in primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education. Her time spent in education in the UAE has enabled her to utilise her academic skills in both the government and private sector and she is very familiar with standards and procedures across the various education sectors. She is a qualified Coach and Work/Life Balance Coach and has successfully designed and organised coaching and mentoring training sessions for teachers and practitioners within both the government and private sector. Dr. Kay is actively involved in research and is a member of the Universities research committee and the ethics and small research grants sub committees. Her research interests include the importance of play and attachment in early year’s education, coaching for teachers, practitioner, parents and children, and expatriate academic careers.

Brief Synopsis of Presentation:

This presentation is twofold; the first part will explore the transition from a school to a university setting and will focus on how both primary and secondary schools can ease the transition and enable students to get more from their first and subsequent years of their degrees. University life is very much focused on independent thinking and this new way of working can often be overwhelming regardless of whether the student is a high flier or a low achiever. The rigours of academic writing, critiquing, synthesizing, researching and referencing are often found to be difficult by most students. The second part of the session will focus more on CPD for students and faculty alike, looking at ways to enhance university acceptance and placements, graduate prospects and career progression and enhancement after the first degree.


Gavin Boyle – Director of ICT at St Christopher’s School


Gavin’s current position is Director of ICT at St Christopher’s School, where he enjoys innovating the curriculum & administration functions of the school. In his previous roles, he has worked as a Deputy Head at a UK secondary school and more recently, as an Education consultant responsible for ICT infrastructure within the Building Schools for the Future and Academies framework. He is passionate about learning and how ICT can transform and innovate education. 'Inspire and be inspired' is his motto!


Jonathan Taylor– Social Media & Internet Safety Consultant – Besafe-Online


JONATHAN TAYLOR has worked within Law Enforcement for 30 years. For 8 years he has specialised in covert online internet investigations, gaining a wealth of knowledge in online offender behaviour. He graduated with an MSc in Criminology / Criminal Psychology and now specialises in online sex offender behaviour continuing research into how social media is used by children, young adults and online sex offenders.

Jonathan offers guidance, awareness and education to children, parents/guardians and sporting organisations in how to operate in a safe manner in the online and offline world. He recently contributed to the book ‘Internet Child Abuse’ in which he discussed the ‘Triangle of Offending’, and ‘The Virtual Offender’ linking the offline world and online worlds and establishing a connection between non-contact and contact offending.

Taylor currently works as an Independent Child Safeguarding and Online Safety Consultant specialising in internet safety, social media awareness and online behaviour. Jonathan’s expertise and academic recognition allow him to speak with authority on subjects such as social media risk, inappropriate online behaviour, online exploitation, cyberbullying, grooming and online reputational damage. He also touches on the impact social media has on radicalisation.

He is a renowned national and international speaker and trainer and continues to supply accredited Online Safety Training for all schools and colleges in line with current inspection demands and expectations. Jonathan frequently appears on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast TV, BBC 24, and Radio 5 Live.


Roxanne Willis-Jackson – Head of NQT’s - Buckinghamshire Learning Trust


Roxanne Jackson achieved a degree in Teaching & Learning at Northampton University before joining Bourton Meadow Academy to begin her teaching career. After completing her NQT year, she was given the responsibility of Head of Year in Key Stage 1. From here, she also became a Head of Year in Key Stage 2.

Roxanne has been part of an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspected school for the past six years where she has been part of two Ofsted visits – both judged ‘Outstanding’ – in the capacity of teacher and Senior Leader. Roxanne has also been judged ‘Outstanding’ for her NQT Manager role by Ofsted’s ITTC visit.

As part of her career, Roxanne has also been involved in a Teaching & Learning group which has been supporting schools categorised as ‘Requires Improvement’, in numerous areas for development; Denbigh Teaching Alliance, where she has run workshops on areas such as – ‘how to be an outstanding teacher’ and ‘Numeracy Co-Coordinator’; and a teacher tutor for Graduates as part of their Initial Teacher Training.

For the last two years, Roxanne has been the Head of NQT’s and wider opportunities for the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust overseeing the induction and training of NQTs, both in the UK and Internationally. She is also involved in the School Improvement Team aiding under performing schools in developing different areas of teaching and learning.


Andy Gleadhill – Drums for Schools


Andy Gleadhill is a Musician, Educator, Author, Composer, Ethnomusicologist and Teacher Trainer. He has over thirty-five years experience as a professional Musician and Educationalist. As a performing musician Andy has played with some of the leading Recording Artists and Orchestras in the world for Film, Television, and Recording Sessions as well as many West End Shows. As an Ethnomusicologist, Andy has travelled widely around the world especially in Africa, South America, South East Asia and India playing and learning about music of other cultures and regularly lectures on the Music of Diverse Cultures.

Andy has had many papers and articles published on World Music and Music Education topics and his books have been published on African Drumming, African Drumming Book Two, Indonesian Gamelan, Brazilian Samba, the Music of India, Caribbean Steel Pans, Composing with World Music, Classroom Percussion and he wrote the chapter on Music for the recently published academic book “Popular Culture, Pedagogy and Teacher Education” (Routledge 2014). Andy has worked at every level of music education from Early Years settings to Post Graduate teaching at Conservatoires and Universities around the world. For over fifteen years he has been, and remains, a visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University Institute for Education where he teaches on the specialist secondary music PGCE course. Andy was for many years the Head of Bristol Arts and Music Service which he built into a leading music support service and where he pioneered the introduction of world music styles for class instrumental teaching setting new standards in accessibility and inclusion. He was the director of the Bristol Centre for Music and the Arts and he established and was the first Head of the Music Education Hub “Bristol Plays Music”. He has also served on the Music Hub Advisory Group of Arts Council England.

He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians and serves on the Executive Committee of the British Musicians’ Union. Andy has recently delivered workshops and lectures to the annual conferences of the Music Masters and Mistresses Association, the National Association of Music Educators, the Federation of Music Services, Music Learning Live, the Schools Music Association, the International conference on Innovation and Creativity in the Hands of the Young (Iceland), the International Conference on Arts and Humanities (Hawaii, USA), the Second international Conference on Popular Culture in Education (Hong Kong) and Music Learning Live Asia (Singapore). Andy also works as a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Singapore, Malaysian Trust Schools (LeapEd) and is a visiting Professor at the Malaysian Music- teachers Training College. He is active as a composer having had his music recorded and published as well as broadcast by the BBC. Andy has also worked as an examiner for the Guildhall school of Music and Drama and Trinity College London, has co-authored the Trinity/Guildhall Drum Kit examination syllabus and has been retained as a consultant to the ABRSM. Andy now balances his work as a professional musician with delivering training and professional development to both music and generalist teachers around the world through his unique intensive training and bespoke mentoring schemes.


Richard Gaskell – The International School Consultancy (ISC)


Richard Gaskell, Director for International Schools at ISC Research will present the latest data on the international schools market today and will highlight how today’s international schools market is developing to meet the needs of different learners. This will include results from a global survey of international schools by ISC Research and Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI) on the inclusion of students with special learning needs. In his presentation, Richard will also share results benchmarking BSME member schools against the other leading British regional international school associations.

Since the early 1990’s Richard Gaskell has worked with schools and education, firstly in South Africa, then joining Scholastic International (US) in 1997 as International Sales Director when he started working with the international schools market. Since then, Richard has become an integral part of the K-12, English-medium international school scene, spending 11 years with Scholastic before joining ISC Research (part of The International School Consultancy) in 2008.

Now Director for International Schools at The International School Consultancy, Richard spends much time presenting to school associations and global organisations about developments within the international schools market. He personally visits many leading international schools each year, gathering market intelligence and supporting decisions for school development and expansion. He manages all ISC research projects outside the UK. He is frequently quoted in the national and international media. Richard is British and is based in Bangkok with his wife and three children.

The International School Consultancy (which includes the flagship ISC Research) is the leading provider of data and intelligence on the world’s international schools market. To find out the reports and services that ISC provides including Benchmarking Reports, Market Intelligence Country Reports, a Global Report and Statistical Reports visit www.iscresearch.com And did you know that you can find out what’s happening in other international schools in your region and around the world with ISC Online for Schools - a free service to international schools from ISC Research?


Alison Chapman – GL Education


Alison Chapman is an international education consultant with over 30 years’ experience within the education sector.

Alison began her career as a classroom teacher and has taught at secondary and tertiary levels. She has acted as an examiner, moderator and verifier for a number of awarding bodies. Upon leaving teaching she has worked with schools and stakeholders to support them in interpreting government policy related to the school curriculum and in shaping their curriculum accordingly.

She was a governor at her local high school for thirteen years, latterly as chair. She carries out training for governors and conducts external reviews of governance.

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