Schools Now! Teaching, Learning and Life Beyond School

28 February- 1 March 2017 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

This conference  is for 300 school leaders from schools that are part  of the British Council Partner Schools Global Network. It is designed  for  school leaders  who wish to learn more about three key areas of education in the 21st century, to share their experiences of these areas and to network with like-minded peers. The working language of the conference will be English and given the range of nationalities represented, translation will not be available. Delegates need to be comfortable working in English.


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, the teacher's 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 2016 Global Sustainable Development Goals are an excellent example of how important  these kind of skills are, as they underpin all of the Global Goals. The conference will hear from school leaders who have pioneered imaginative programmes in their schools to help student development.These topics will be explored from a school leader's perspective.

Call for Papers

The call for papers covers the following topics: 

  1. Teaching: teacher recruitment, pre-service and in-service teacher training, innovative pedagogical approaches, international collaboration, self-evaluation
  2. Learning:how students learn, redefining learning outcomes, new approaches to assessment, data analysis and effective intervention strategies
  3. Life beyond school:student councils, extra-curricular opportunities

 Aim of the conference
To share and discuss research, new thinking and innovative practice in the three themes from around the world and to enable policy makers, school leaders and academics to collaborate together, exchanging ideas, experiences and policies.

Conference format:
The conference will consist of a mix of keynote speeches, plenary papers, panel discussions and shorter paper presentations.

Click on the link below to find out more about the Call for Papers!


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