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.

  • 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.

  • Beyond Levels

    in London

    01 Mar 2017

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    This course will explore the rationale behind the removal of levels to assess pupil progress. It will explain how a different approach is required to ensure pupils are fully engaged in the learning process, becoming increasingly independent and self-aware.

  • Modern Foreign Languages

    in Guildford

    06 Mar 2017

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    The day will be divided into two sections. The morning session will focus on how to deliver lessons which broaden the students’ cultural knowledge through engaging and fun speaking activities. We all want our students to enjoy the communicative and cultural aspect of Language learning and Roisin Watters (Head of MFL at Guildford High School) has many years’ experience of bringing the language to life for all her students from Year 7-13. She will start the session by looking at why this is important and how to enhance your provision of cultural knowledge for all students. There will then be an open forum, during which delegates are invited to bring pictures or actual materials which highlight any techniques and lessons promoting cultural education in the MFL arena.

  • Pre-Prep Leadership Conference 2017: Leading and Learning

    in Cirencester

    09 - 10 Mar 2017

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    This year’s Pre-Prep conference will support and develop leadership skills. There will be a range of inspirational speakers to challenge your thinking, encourage reflection and send you back to school refreshed and armed with new tools to lead our schools effectively.

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

    in London

    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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    Helping teachers bring their teaching of history alive through the use of story, artefacts and film.

  • 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.

  • Sixteen Plus Group Meeting (By Invitation Only)

    in Leamington Spa

    28 Mar 2017

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    The next IAPS Sixteen Plus Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at IAPS HQ, 11 Waterloo Place, Leamington Spa CV32 5LA.

  • 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

    in Warwick

    03 May 2017

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

  • 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.

  • Good Governance and Leadership of Preparatory & Smaller Schools (joint AGBIS & IAPS Conference)

    in London

    23 Nov 2017

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    This one day conference will address topics of particular interest to preparatory and smaller independent schools and will include a number of breakout sessions that will be of specific interest to Chairs, Governors and those senior leaders (Heads, Bursars and Clerks) who support good governance. This seminar is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for governors to attend with their senior staff to learn more about matters of mutual interest and to ‘compare notes’.