Online Booking for Courses & Conferences

At IAPS, we run a well-established programme of professional development courses for staff in our member schools. All of our courses are tailored to suit the most important issues in the prep school environment. We aim to provide the best possible value and quality at all of our events.

IAPS schools sent just over 1,600 members of staff to our courses in the academic year 2015-16 and we have received outstanding feedback showing very high levels of satisfaction with course content and administration.

This year, we're working in association with AMDIS, Independent Thinking, and ISC to provide the highest quality training.

Places can be booked on our latest courses below. You can also download a copy of our 2016-17 Courses and Conferences brochure.

  • Annual Heads' Conference 2016 (FOR IAPS MEMBER HEADS ONLY)

    in London

    26 - 27 Sep 2016

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    Leading Change. The Annual Conference for IAPS Members takes place at the QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE from Monday 26 September to Tuesday 27 September 2016.

  • English: Celebrating Shakespeare

    in London

    03 Oct 2016

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    The aim of this course is to provide teachers/librarians with practical resources and ideas to foster and develop a love of Shakespeare in their schools. With a wide variety of approaches, all participants should come away with different ways to inspire pupils and enable them to use digital tools effectively. There should also be opportunities to share experiences and ideas for assemblies, presentations and celebrating Shakespeare widely.

  • Outdoor Learning Beginner Workshop: Learning Outside the Classroom - Ethos, Method and Practice

    in Crowthorne, West Berkshire

    05 Oct 2016

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    This workshop is designed for teachers/educators who are at, or near the start of their journey in developing grounds, curricula and activities for outdoor learning at their schools. The workshop will set out to explore the underpinning ethos and philosophy of LOC, provide ample time to work with a range of tools, resources and lesson plans across all subject areas and age groups, create ‘manifestos of great practice’ and for each delegate to identify a simple action plan or project for outdoor teaching and learning at their own schools.

  • Pre Prep: Reading for Life

    in Warwick

    06 Oct 2016

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    The main aim of this course is to look at how we create the best conditions for children to develop the habit of reading, firstly for enjoyment but also to extend their understanding of the world and to support their social and emotional development.

  • Members Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    10 Oct 2016

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    Members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS.

  • Coaching and Mentoring Successful Appraisals

    in Leamington Spa

    11 Oct 2016

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    A comprehensive course supporting participants to develop the skills needed to feel completely confident when appraising staff, ensuring a positive process for both parties.

  • Music: Inspiring Learning Connections through Music and Literacy

    in London

    12 Oct 2016

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    In this fun cross-curricular course delegates should make some useful and inspiring musical connections and overlaps with poetry and stories, movement and drama. Both music and generalist teachers should benefit from integrating musical ideas, dance and literacy activities and finding symbiotic links. (Don’t be afraid of the word dance!)

  • Effective Governance

    in London

    02 Nov 2016

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    Supporting participants in developing the skills needed to feel completely confident when governing their school.

  • Media Awareness Seminar

    in Leamington Spa

    07 Nov 2016

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    Whether you’re celebrating success or dealing with a crisis, getting the message right can be a real challenge. There are always risks involved when dealing with the media, it’s a delicate balance between getting the coverage that you need and the exposure that you don’t. Schools are full of good news stories that are never heard. Worse still are negative stories that get reported, often unfairly, in the press. Learn how to make the most of the media and how to handle crisis scenarios on this entertaining and informative seminar run by Andrew Carapiet, former BBC Television Producer.

  • Aspiring Senior Management

    in Warwick

    08 Nov 2016

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    Designed to provide an overview of all aspects of senior management, this course will include the acquisition of a senior management post and understanding the role of senior management. Core skills will be delivered through practical activities, drawing on the experiences of current post holders and in collaboration with other aspiring senior managers.

  • Geography: Updating Geography Learning and Resources for Teaching Years 5 to 8

    in Warwick

    10 Nov 2016

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    This course will provide the opportunity for geography teachers to receive updates on ICT/web resources and learning in geography.

  • Pastoral Resilience, Reaction and Social Responsibility: A Whole School Approach

    in London

    15 Nov 2016

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    This course is designed to give delegates guidance on equipping pupils and staff with resilience and optimism to enhance well-being in a world where social responsibility is becoming more and more important. There will be practical advice on how to set up a pupil leadership continuum from Year 3 -8 in school with the option of using residential trips as a support. This is a repeat of a very successful and oversubscribed course held last year. Delegates who attended last year should not attend this year.

  • ISC SEND Conference 2016

    in London

    18 Nov 2016

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    The eleventh in this prestigious series of conferences is aimed at SENCos, Directors of Learning, Learning Support Teachers and Heads and SMT members who wish to understand or improve the SEND provision in their schools.

  • Food Technology: Simple Food Technology in Prep Schools with Grain Chain

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    21 Nov 2016

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    This course will provide participants with the confidence to introduce food technology into their school curriculum, and further develop a running programme. The day will involve a practical presentation by Grain Chain, who provide free educational resources about grain based food. There will also be opportunity to meet and share good practice.

  • Finance: The School as a Business

    in Warwick

    22 Nov 2016

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    This course will help you understand how to run a prep school from a business and financial perspective.

  • PSHCEE: Updated, Integrated and Assessed

    in London

    28 Nov 2016

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    An effective PSHCEE curriculum teaches the knowledge base, skills and attributes about the self, others and the wider world that we need in today’s exciting, challenging, but unsafe world. Experiencing and using the above are key to personal character, development and belonging. How can we be sure that we are offering real, stimulating and stretching opportunities to do this in our schools? How can we be sure that we are keeping our children on course online and offline? Come and find out

  • Supporting Crisis Leadership in Schools

    in London

    05 Dec 2016

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    Knowing that a crisis will arise at some point is well understood (although some still prefer to assume ‘it won’t happen to me’). But being ready to handle any crisis effectively is another thing all together. The course aims to provide an overview of crisis management and establish a best practice framework upon which to build a robust crisis management response within your school.

  • Challenging the Most Able in all Subjects

    in London

    06 Dec 2016

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    A highly interactive day looking at strategies to challenge all pupils, but particularly the more able in the classroom.

  • Preparation for Headship

    in Leamington Spa

    12 - 14 Jan 2017

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    This is a three-day residential seminar for Senior Managers who are actively seeking headship. The course aims to develop the foundations already established by other IAPS leadership courses.

  • Members Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    19 Jan 2017

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    Members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS and its role in defending and promoting the interests of its members and their schools.

  • Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent School

    in London

    23 Jan 2017

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    IAPS and Priory Group recognise that poor mental health, for pupils and staff, can lead to poor educational outcomes and disruption to school life. More importantly, for pupils it contributes to poor long-term mental health and reduced quality of life. Developed by Priory Group, exclusively for IAPS, in response to identification by IAPS members that specialist training in children’s mental health was an area of unmet need; this course has been designed specifically to meet the desire of those in the teaching profession to deliver improved support for mental ill health in their schools.

  • Social Media Master Class

    in London

    27 Jan 2017

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    This course will help you to understand the difference between Social Media vs Social Networks; Which Social channels should your school be on, and why?; Do’s and Don’ts of Social; Be more effective on Social. Don’t just be on it. Be in it; Understand the importance of social naming strategies for your brand; Take away a #ContentStrategy framework to start implementing at your school; How to streamline your parent communications process; How to audit your existing information systems to make sure you only publish ONCE.

  • Religious Studies: Help! I'm the RS Subject Leader

    in Warwick

    31 Jan 2017

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    How to become an effective and inspirational RS Subject Leader in a Prep School.

  • Prep School Marketing Day (a joint AMDIS and IAPS Course)

    in London

    01 Feb 2017

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    Efficient and effective marketing through social media is at the core of this seminar, focusing on the fundamentals of marketing prep schools on restricted budgets in an ever increasing competitive marketplace. Whether your responsibility for marketing is on a full or part-time basis, attendance at this event will equip you with the tools and knowledge to be able to market your prep school practically and effectively.

  • Leading Teaching and Learning to ISI Excellent

    in Warwick

    03 Feb 2017

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    Lead your staff to deliver outstanding teaching through practical skills and strategies. This ‘hands-on’ course looks at the criteria and processes that school leadership will need to both understand and apply to be graded “excellent” within the new ISI framework.

  • SEND: Making Maths Stick - Addressing Gaps and Misconceptions

    in Warwick

    07 Feb 2017

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    Many pupils experience difficulties in developing some aspects of their mathematical understanding and particularly struggle to make crucial links in their learning. Probing this further can reveal where gaps and misconceptions lie and supports the identification of the most important building blocks in learning.

  • Media Awareness Seminar

    in Leamington Spa

    08 Feb 2017

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    Whether you’re celebrating success or dealing with a crisis, getting the message right can be a real challenge. There are always risks involved when dealing with the media, it’s a delicate balance between getting the coverage that you need and the exposure that you don’t. Schools are full of good news stories that are never heard. Worse still are negative stories that get reported, often unfairly, in the press. Learn how to make the most of the media and how to handle crisis scenarios on this entertaining and informative seminar run by Andrew Carapiet, former BBC Television Producer.

  • Maths: Excellent Lessons with Magical Engagement

    in London

    28 Feb 2017

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    For a lesson to be graded excellent by ISI there must be pupil engagement and enjoyment. What better way to ensure that than injecting a touch of magic? The objectives of the course are to inspire mathematics teachers with some new ideas, to give them confidence in using some of these and to assist them in using a range of resources to assist pupils’ understanding through enjoyable activities.

  • Modern Foreign Languages

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    06 Mar 2017

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    Proposed MFL course to be held on 6 March, however, course not currently open for bookings. Details will be loaded to the website in due course, please keep checking for up to date information. Thank you.

  • Thinking in Class: Raising Achievement Through Curiosity, Wonder and Confusion

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    14 Mar 2017

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    If you're looking to refocus the learning in your school, then this is the course for you. Delivered by a team of presenters who are renowned around the world for their creative thinking and who focus on curiosity and innovation in all they do, this day is packed with challenging and exciting ideas and activities for implement from the very next day. Whether you are a classroom teacher or a school leader, you will return to your school armed to ensure that your school focuses on fanning the flames of learning - and not just collecting the results.

  • History: Hands-on History

    in London

    16 Mar 2017

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    The course aims to inspire teachers of history to make their teaching both challenging and vibrant by exploring different styles and methodologies through a series of interesting, relevant and exciting workshops.

  • New Heads Training

    in Leamington Spa

    20 - 21 Mar 2017

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    This important course is strongly recommended for Heads within their first few years’ of headship.

  • Outdoor Learning Advanced Workshop: Developing an Outdoor and Experiential Learning Culture

    in Leicester

    30 Mar 2017

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    This course is designed for those teachers/educators who already work within an established framework for taking learning outside the classroom and might be looking to move things to the next level in terms of activity ideas, site development and curriculum mapping. As well as exploring the ethos and philosophy of LOC, working with a range of tools, resources and lesson plans across all subject areas and age groups you will be encouraged and supported in creating an action plan or project for outdoor teaching and learning at your own school.

  • Members Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    25 Apr 2017

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    Members will be introduced to the structure and organisation of IAPS.

  • Classics: Gaudeamus Igitur!

    in Warwick

    28 Apr 2017

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    Delegates will learn how best to ensure that Latin and Greek retain their popularity in the prep school and provide a suitable foundation for further study.

  • Inspections

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    03 May 2017

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    Proposed Inspections course to be held on Wednesday 3 May, however, course not currently open for bookings. Details will be loaded to the website in due course, please keep checking for up to date information. Thank you.

  • IT Conference: Practical Ideas for Mobile Technology

    in London

    04 May 2017

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    Giving delegates the passion and inspiration needed to inspire others to use technology purposefully. The aim of the course is to go one step further than the journey of tablets in the classroom and look at practical applications. How can that app be used to improve learning? What can I do with a tablet that I couldn't do with a piece of paper? How can I move my school from substitution of technology to modification and redefinition. Delegates should leave with a head full of ideas and inspirations to take back to their schools and share with others.

  • Science: The Outstanding Science Department

    in London

    09 May 2017

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    Providing an opportunity to think about carrying out a departmental review, to identify the areas of science teaching across the school that need to be given a new lease of life.

  • Geography: Delivering and Resourcing Geography GCSE

    in Surrey

    11 May 2017

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    Providing geography teachers with updates on resources, creative case studies and connecting human and physical geography in fieldwork for teaching the new GCSE.

  • Aspiring Deputy Heads

    in Leamington Spa

    15 - 16 May 2017

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    This course has been a sell-out in previous years. Due to demand and constructive feedback, we are now running this as a residential two day course. It is designed to equip staff who are aiming to become deputy heads in prep schools. It will cover the various roles and responsibilities assigned to senior management staff, outlining the real challenges for which deputies need to be prepared. Experienced senior managers will share observations and tips. Delegates will consider scenarios and analyse the skills required to be a successful deputy.

  • Media Awareness Seminar

    in Leamington Spa

    24 May 2017

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    Whether you’re celebrating success or dealing with a crisis, getting the message right can be a real challenge. There are always risks involved when dealing with the media, it’s a delicate balance between getting the coverage that you need and the exposure that you don’t. Schools are full of good news stories that are never heard. Worse still are negative stories that get reported, often unfairly, in the press. So how can you use the media to promote your success and enhance your reputation? How can you protect reputation in times of crisis? Learn how to make the most of the media and how to handle crisis scenarios on this entertaining and informative seminar run by Andrew Carapiet, former BBC Television Producer.

  • Making Assessment Work (joint ITL and IAPS Conference)

    in London

    25 May 2017

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    It often seems that there’s a fog around assessment. When do we do it? How do we do it? And most importantly, why? This stimulating and practical day course will leave you full of ideas to ensure that assessment is a tool rather than a hurdle – a part of the learning itself and cast in a positive light to both teachers and pupils.

  • Annual Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies Conference

    in London

    13 Jun 2017

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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.