Online Booking for Courses & Conferences

In 2017–2018 over 1,500 IAPS members of staff attended our courses and conferences. We endeavour to provide and deliver the best value and quality at all our events, and we continue to receive excellent feedback from delegates on our courses as a whole. Comments are always welcome and valuable to help us reflect, plan and prepare future courses, and we hope that you find this year’s programme of events beneficial and relevant.

You can also download a copy of our 2018-19 Courses and Conferences Brochure

  • IAPS Annual Heads' Conference 2018 (IAPS Member Heads Only)

    in Newport

    26 - 28 Sep 2018

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    Tomorrow's World; Global Citizens - We look forward to welcoming our Members Heads to the IAPS Annual Heads' Conference 2018. The Conference will be held at Celtic Manor Resort from Wednesday 26 September to Friday 28 September 2018. Please Note: The Conference is now FULLY BOOKED

  • Reading for Pleasure

    in London

    04 Oct 2018

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    Explore a range of approaches to teaching whole texts and motivating reluctant readers, and develop a plan to create a whole school reading culture.

  • Maximising your Effectiveness as a TA (a joint Dragonfly Training and IAPS course)

    in London

    08 Oct 2018

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    This is a joint Dragonfly Training and IAPS event, and IAPS members will benefit from a substantial discount. The Teaching Assistant can be a highly valued asset in the classroom. The key is to identify what are and what are not the best value interventions the TA can make. This course will offer practical, lesson-ready strategies to support you in improving the Literacy and Numeracy skills of the pupils you support. Whilst this course will focus on work with mainstream pupils there will be clear reference to EAL and SEN Pupils

  • Members' Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    08 Oct 2018

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    New members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS, to give an insight into the work of HQ and the services on offer to members and their schools.

  • Food Technology: Simple Food Technology in Prep Schools

    in Northamptonshire

    09 Oct 2018

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    This course aims to provide confidence for a school introducing Food technology to the curriculum, and further develop an existing school programme. The day will involve a practical presentation by Animal Aid, who specialise in vegetarian cooking. They will share their free educational resources about good nutrition. The programme also includes time for the colleagues to meet and share good practice.

  • Making Learning Matter (a joint Independent Thinking and IAPS course)

    in London

    11 Oct 2018

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    Making Learning Matter: creativity, investment and challenge for all learners. Join Hywel Roberts, Dr Debra Kidd and Dave Whitaker, Associates of Independent Thinking for a day of cutting-edge professional learning, interaction, reflection, dialogue and optimism focusing on how educators can help children care more about what they are learning. Colleagues will be given grounded examples of inclusive curriculum provision from leadership and classroom perspectives. These will be underpinned with up-to-date research around creative and critical thinking, coupled with credible and usable strategies to take back to their settings.

  • What the Best Schools Know and Do

    in Crowthorne, West Berkshire

    06 Nov 2018

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    Professor John Hattie is an internationally acclaimed education researcher, recognised as a master at figuring out what helps students to learn. Join him and his expert team for a guide to gaining maximum impact through focusing on what works BEST, not simply what works. Discover the impact of the world's most powerful education research: examine how Visible Learning Research is transforming the way we think about school improvement; embed the teaching strategies proven to make a measurable difference, and take away a framework of collaboration that can triple the speed of learning.

  • Music: A Gift for Life; How to Unlock the Treasure Chest of Music for Future Generations

    in Birmingham

    08 Nov 2018

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    Based on the work of the conductor and researcher, Christopher Gayford, the course will give you a new understanding of listening and how to teach it.

  • An Introduction to Teaching Engineering in Prep Schools

    in Cambridge

    12 Nov 2018

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    This course includes consideration of the value of teaching engineering to Years 3 to 8, the principles that lie behind it, and how to resource engineering in terms of time, space, materials and expertise.

  • ISC SEND Conference 2018

    in London

    16 Nov 2018

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    This prestigious conference is aimed at SENCOS, Directors of Learning, Learning Support Teachers, Heads and SMT members who wish to understand or improve the SEND provision in their schools.

  • Drama Boot Camp - Why Re-invent the Wheel?

    in St albans

    19 Nov 2018

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    This course is designed to refresh and inspire new and established Drama Teachers of all backgrounds and experience by offering bespoke workshops and guidance, tailored to the individual needs of its participants.

  • Finance: The School as a Business

    in Birmingham

    22 Nov 2018

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    It's not all about accounting! Instead, look at issues facing businesses and how they might impact on a school's success. Officials from IAPS will be joined by Mark Taylor, Bursar at King's Ely, along with experts from Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Bains Cutler Solutions, and haysmacintyre to explain how schools can maximise income, market and communicate effectively with all key stakeholders, benchmark key financial variables, and address upcoming financial and legal issues cost effectively.

  • Middle Management

    in Leamington Spa

    26 - 27 Nov 2018

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    Delegates will develop an understanding of their own preferred style of leadership and will discover strategies that influence and motivate their team.

  • Geography: Geographic Information System (GIS) for Prep Schools

    in Tilsley Park, Abingdon

    29 Nov 2018

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    This course will make the purpose of GIS representation clearer for teaching Years 5, 6, 7 and 8. Delegates will discover how simple GIS skills will help prepare pupils moving to senior schools.

  • Members' Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    04 Dec 2018

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    New members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS, to give an insight into the work of HQ and the services on offer to members and their schools.

  • Preparation for Headship

    in Leamington Spa

    10 - 12 Jan 2019

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    Three-day residential course for Senior Managers who are actively seeking Headship. Delegates will analyse and explore whether they have, or can develop, the personal and professional skills necessary for the position of Head.

  • Members' Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    17 Jan 2019

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    New members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS, to give an insight into the work of HQ and the services on offer to members and their schools.

  • Spoon Feed No More! (a joint Dragonfly and IAPS course)

    in Birmingham

    21 Jan 2019

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    Delegates will receive a cutting-edge synthesis of what works, and what doesn’t, in real classrooms; they will take away dozens of teaching strategies that really work, and understand how to plan effectively and build in academic rigor, and create language-rich classrooms.

  • Design Technology: Progressing DT in Prep Schools

    in Oakham, Rutland

    22 Jan 2019

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    Delegates will look in detail at the health and safety side of running a DT department and there will be an opportunity to share a successful lesson/project.

  • Safeguarding for Prep Schools (a joint conference with BSA)

    in Buckinghamshire

    28 Jan 2019

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    This course will explore a range of current issues, including those which relate to "keeping children safe" and also those which relate to promoting well-being.

  • Prep School Marketing Day (a joint conference with AMCIS)

    in London

    30 Jan 2019

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    The AMCIS / IAPS Prep School Seminar, now in its seventh year, focuses entirely on the marketing of prep schools. The programme delivers inspiring presentations from first class speakers, as well as valuable networking opportunities, all within a packed one day programme.

  • ESR: Essential Education for the 21st Century

    in Birmingham

    31 Jan 2019

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    Delegates will gain an understanding of ESR and how to deliver it. They will learn how ESR strongly supports the delivery of PSHEE and SMSC in our schools, but more importantly why this area of education is fundamental to happy, stable and fulfilled lives for our students. Delegates will be shown helpful, free resources for delivering ESR.

  • RS: Hitchhiker's Guide to TPR (Theology, Philosophy, Religion) Common Entrance

    in Birmingham

    04 Feb 2019

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    Supporting teachers in how to use the existing Common Entrance syllabus in the classroom, offering ideas and approaches.

  • Raising Standards in Reading Comprehension

    in Birmingham

    05 Feb 2019

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    Ruth Baker-Leask, Chair of the National Association of Advisers in English, will lead a day exploring practical and creative approaches to help develop pupils’ comprehension in primary schools. Sessions will include: comprehension in the curriculum and in the classroom, developing effective comprehension, and choosing and using quality texts.

  • Developing Outstanding Learning and Progress through Highly Effective Teaching

    in Birmingham

    07 Feb 2019

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    This practical and active course will enable participants to explore highly effective learning and teaching strategies by focusing on four key areas: how do we know what works; outstanding teaching; outstanding learning; marking and feedback, and maintaining pace, rigour and progress.

  • Maths: Differentiation with a Difference

    in London

    28 Feb 2019

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    Differentiation and Integration might sound like advanced level mathematics, but this course is not about teaching children calculus, instead it is about ensuring that every child is able to participate in maths lessons and be appropriately challenged.

  • SEND: How Can I Help You? Identifying Special Educational Needs in Children

    in London

    04 Mar 2019

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    All teachers are teachers of children with special educational needs. Teaching such children is, therefore, a whole school responsibility. Teachers are the first people that children meet at school, when they begin their school journey and each subsequent day that they go into class. Teachers are responsible not just for children’s education but for their daily welfare and teachers, and their assistants are in the best position to notice the needs - long before the SENCO might become involved.

  • Pre Prep and Early Years Conference: Where it all starts ...

    in Kenilworth

    07 - 08 Mar 2019

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    The annual IAPS Pre Prep and Early Years Conference provides a stimulating CPD opportunity for Pre Prep and Early Years leaders around the country.

  • New Heads Training

    in Leamington Spa

    11 - 12 Mar 2019

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    We will look at areas such as managing change, yourselves and others, marketing and leading to realise your vision.

  • MFL: Encouraging Modern Language Learners to use Spontaneous Speech

    in London

    18 Mar 2019

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    Delegates will explore how to focus their planning to incorporate theory into practice: phonics; questions; pictures; routines, and pairs and groups, and then plan a sequence of three lessons.

  • Are we Able to Prevent Child Abuse?

    in London

    21 Mar 2019

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    Led by Marilyn Hawes, founder and CEO of Freedom from Abuse, delegates will complete the course having the confidence to identify and manage both those at risk and already a victim of CSA, and those who are the risk.

  • Raising Standards (Staff or Students) through Mentoring and Coaching

    in Birmingham

    25 Apr 2019

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    This course is equally useful to those engaged in coaching and mentoring school staff through performance management, peer development programmes or staff development roles; as well as those colleagues directly involved in the coaching and mentoring of pupils to improve learning, motivation and engagement. Participants will leave the training with a resource pack of materials to facilitate their coaching and mentoring programmes back at school.

  • Learning Beyond the Classroom

    in Rugby

    30 Apr 2019

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    This course will be interactive, practical and hands on, focusing on curriculum-based teaching and learning using simple methods and low/no cost resources

  • Members' Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    30 Apr 2019

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    New members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS, to give an insight into the work of HQ and the services on offer to members and their schools.

  • Classics for All

    in

    01 May 2019

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    This year’s course will focus on best practice in Classics teaching, with practical workshops on classroom instruction and techniques, preparation for 13+ examinations, and means of exporting Classical Civilisation into other parts of the school curriculum.

  • ICT: Coding and Internet Safety

    in London

    02 May 2019

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    The day will look at how internet safety can become part of a school's culture: delegates will have the opportunity to look at different ways to introduce or extend coding within their classroom in a hands-on and practical day.

  • Inspections

    in

    08 May 2019

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    This course is designed to help schools understand the Education Quality Compliance Inspection process and how they can best prepare themselves, their staff and governors for such an inspection.

  • Improving Boys' Literacy

    in York

    09 May 2019

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    Exploring issues contributing to the gender gap in literacy, engaging with research and developing sustainable strategies to implement in the classroom

  • Science: Enhancing Scientific Learning in EYFS and KS1

    in Birmingham

    14 May 2019

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    Providing a host of practical ideas and activities that can be used in the early years and KS1 to develop an Understanding of the World area of the foundation stage curriculum and National Curriculum for Science in KS1.

  • Art: Plastic Recycled Sculpture Workshop

    in

    15 May 2019

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    This practical course will hear from presenters using recycled materials and the theme of fish and how this can be used practically. Expect to have a great time!

  • Aspiring Deputy Heads

    in Leamington Spa

    20 May 2019

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    Residential course designed to equip staff who are aiming to become Deputy Heads in preparatory schools.

  • Annual Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies Conference

    in London

    11 Jun 2019

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    This annual conference for members of SMT offers the opportunity to reflect on school strategy and education issues as well as network with those who hold similar SMT roles in other IAPS schools from far afield.