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British Council hosts seventh edition of the global Schools Now! Conference

British Council’s Schools Now! is a global conference that fosters pedagogical innovation across British Council Partner Schools. It is a networking opportunity where school leaders from around the globe get to share experiences and knowledge.

The conference is aimed at Partner School leaders and educational managers who wish to learn more about key areas of international education, share their ideas and experiences, and network with like-minded peers.

In its seventh year, the British Council’s Schools Now! Conference brings together Partner Schools from across the world to consider themes such as resilience, innovation, and internationalisation of vision and curriculum. The conference aims to help foster academic excellence and prepare students for the wider world.

This year, over 3,000 Partner School leaders from 40 countries came together online to explore the theme of Leading Recovery: curriculum, community and wellbeing through keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops.

The conference recognised the confidence of school leaders who supported their learning communities and embraced challenges during the pandemic and it explored ways to build on success and have open discussions about the next steps for recovery. The conference also enabled policy makers, school leaders and academics to collaborate and exchange ideas, experiences, and policies.

The attendees were welcomed by Scott McDonald, Chief Executive, British Council. He said:

“Our ambition is for the conference to provide you with opportunities to further learn, share knowledge and be inspired by like-minded educators. The themes and topics explored during the conference will help you lead your school’s recovery with a spirit of boldness and optimism, and build connections to support other British Council Partner Schools to do the same.”

Amongst the highlights from Schools Now! was a keynote presentation from Dr. Funke, Head of Counselling and Support at Al-Rayan International School in Ghana, about innovative approaches to mental health and wellbeing in an international school, Dr Funke spoke about practical approaches that schools can implement to help students thrive.

Evelyn Forde MBE, Headteacher at Copthall School, UK, discussed the challenges schools are facing with regards to the mental health and wellbeing of young people as they emerge from the pandemic and the return to school in an uncertain time. She shared some of her experience, best practice, and discussed what resilience means for schools, staff and students.

Closing the conference, Simon Higgins, Global Head of School Examinations added: “

“We remain committed to raising the quality of our support for your schools by delivering your exams, giving you active account relationship support, and providing a wide range of focused, relevant professional development opportunities. This year the British Council will once again help more than 100,000 students make over 800,000 exam entries from more than 2000 Partner Schools like yours worldwide.”

If you want to know more about the School Now! Conference, contact your local British Council School Exams representative.