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On 1 and 2 March 2023, the British Council held its 8th Annual Study Now! Meeting in Dubai, which brought together academic leaders and professors from British Council Partner schools around the world. Participants gathered to discuss the latest developments in education around the world.

“School Transformation: Leadership at Every Level” this is the theme of School Now! 2023 Conference, which featured keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions on effective leadership in academic communities.

In this session, the members learned the importance of developing school leaders, as well as different approaches to leadership. As the head of global education services at the British Council, Douglas Woods emphasized the importance of developing leaders at all levels in schools in order to develop talent and effectively distribute the leadership in the workforce.

Through this process, a safe and enriching environment is created where students can develop artistic skills that will serve them throughout their lives, from useful at work. He also discussed how school leaders will be even more important as we emerge from the pandemic.

The event brought together more than 300 face-to-face delegates in Dubai and 1,500 virtual delegates from around the world. With this unique format, participants from different cultures and regions were able to exchange ideas, insights, and best practices.

Some of the special guests attended the meeting, including the Honorable Patrick Moody, the British Ambassador to the UAE, and His Excellency Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education in the UAE.

Keynote speakers and speakers from Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the United Kingdom, contributed to the rich and varied discussions.

The first keynote was delivered by Sir Mark Grundy, Chief Executive of the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, which focused on retaining the best staff to achieve high standards and excellence.

Professor Eman Gaad, Dean of the Faculty of Education and a Professor of Special and Special Education, British University in Dubai (BUiD) spoke about the ideas of the educational leadership for the partnership. Other keynotes focused on the development of 21st century school leaders and the development of leaders at various levels within the a school.

Simon Higgins, Global Head of School Exams, British Council expressed his views on this important moment:

We were delighted to host our eighth annual Schools Now! international conference in Dubai. This year’s theme, ‘Leading at all levels’ helped school leaders reflect on the challenges they continue to face. every day in a post-pandemic world, and explored ways to develop leaders in their school to be better support to staff, students, and the community at large. .’

Maarya Rehman, Deputy Director British Council Pakistan explains further:

In Pakistan we have the largest network of partner schools in the world with 730 schools in 53 cities divided into 6 regions in national – UK international awards.

Our aim is to provide exceptional technical support and training for our Partner Schools at any opportunity and at any level – making a difference in the lives of young people in rural areas in Pakistan. It’s School Now! The conference provides valuable training to help schools develop tomorrow’s leaders.

In Pakistan the support for Partner Schools includes:

  • Online education systems – a free professional development center for teachers and leaders, providing tests including full administration and practical support for the world class
  • Multiply together through multiple and integrated team networks to improve accessibility for schools across the country
  • Webinars and supporting events for test officers to increase efficiency and reduce errors
  • Test delivery, including full support and operation
  • School enrollment on the Cambridge website
  • Skill Developmentand Networking events, for teachers and school leaders
  • Get involved in the things of the world: School Now, Your World

In this event, more than 40 representatives from Pakistan participated, including senior representatives from renowned schools of the country. More than one million students are touched by British Council Partner Schools worldwide, which support more than 100,000 teachers.

In a truly global event, participants come from the Americas, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, South Asia and East Asia, supporting the British Council’s mission to build relationships, understanding, and trust.


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