Online Booking for Courses & Conferences
IAPS runs a well-established programme of professional development courses for members and staff in their schools. IAPS members benefit from a significant discount as well as the knowledge that all courses are tailored specifically to the issues that matter most to a prep school environment.
We aim to provide the best quality and value possible at our training events. This year, we are filming many of our courses so that video can be made available on the IAPS website. We hope you agree that this adds value to our courses because when you get back to school you will be able to review aspects of your course and even share sections with your colleagues. Please be aware that a camera is likely to be present at your course. It will be unobtrusive and will focus on the speakers.
To find out more about the courses below, please click on the 'More Info' button for the relevant course and/or use the left-hand green navigation headings.
For a brochure with all the details for IAPS Courses and Conferences for the 2014-15 academic year, please click here.
AMDIS/IAPS Prep School Marketing Day
27 Feb 2015
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.
Pre-Prep Leadership Conference 2015
04 - 06 Mar 2015
Time to Lead, Time to Teach, Time to Reflect: The Conference will provide you with a chance to focus on, what we believe are three main elements involved in leadership within a Pre-Prep department. Celebrating, exploring and reflecting on the demanding and diverse role of Pre-Prep Leaders
10 Mar 2015
This course will suggest ways in which staff can support children when there is a death in the family or school community.
Science: On and Off the Page - the Role of the Internet in Science Teaching
12 Mar 2015
This course will look at the pros and cons of using internet-based resources and consider how these can be integrated with effective use of practical work, traditional text books and other resources.
New Heads Training
16 - 17 Mar 2015
This important course is strongly recommended for Heads within their first few years’ of headship.
e-Safety: Ethos, Education and Effectiveness
19 Mar 2015
The aim of this course is to educate and equip staff with strategies and resources to be able to confidently discuss and teach about the subject of e-safety; to help pupils learn how to keep safe online both inside and outside school.
23 - 24 Mar 2015
This course aims to equip managers with knowledge and skills that can be used to develop effective leadership in schools. An essential professional development opportunity for new and experienced middle leaders in schools.
ICT: Stand by your Pads - Tablets in the Classroom Made Easy
21 Apr 2015
The aim of this course is to bring together Prep School teachers who are at varying stages of their journey into introducing iPads or other tablets into their schools. Delegates will leave with a clear understanding of how their current strategy and position relates to others and the direction they should be taking to move forward. We will also look into the cross-curricular uses and implications, as well as considering alternatives to the iPad. Above all, we aim to be inspirational and practical, without being overwhelming.
Members Induction (by invitation only)
in Leamington Spa
23 Apr 2015
The aim of the day is to introduce new members to the structure and organisation of IAPS and its role.
RE: Making Use of a Place of Worship in Teaching RE - Visit to Gravesend Gurdwara
24 Apr 2015
Developing an understanding of the nature and development of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara and an understanding of how to make use of a place of worship in teaching RE.
MFL: Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Modern Foreign Languages
28 Apr 2015
This course is specifically tailored to meet the development needs of both recently qualified and experienced teachers of MFL seeking to deliver outstanding lessons.
Classroom Observation and Work Scrutiny
in Nr Thame
05 May 2015
This course will improve teaching through effective classroom observation across the Key Stages and evaluate learning and progression of skills through workbook scrutiny.
The Emotional Wellbeing Conference (in association with Independent Thinking Ltd)
08 May 2015
This conference is held in partnership with Independent Thinking. The conference is open to schools of all classifications and age range. A series of outstanding inputs will explore areas such as emotional intelligence, values, coaching and self-talk. This important event is designed to be interactive, thought provoking and enjoyable as well as give practical, workable strategies and ideas to take back to your school. With so much pressure to produce academic results, the emotional welfare of your colleagues, your pupils and yourself can be overlooked yet it must be of prime importance. This conference will help you get the balance right.
Coaching Skills and Courageous Conversations
14 May 2015
This course aims to provide an introduction to educational coaching. It will include practical examples of how coaching can be used in school to assist staff and school development and bring about effective and sustained development and change.
The Benefits of Setting Up a Development Office and What Makes it Successful
in Leamington Spa
18 May 2015
Development is not a short term activity and it’s not just about fundraising. The ‘Smash and grab’ approach can have long term detrimental effects on maximising a school’s income and reputation. Development is about fostering lifelong relationships with parents and alumni through events and communications.
Pre Prep Science: Outside Inside with the New Curriculum
21 May 2015
The new National Curriculum encourages us to develop an enquiry-based approach to science and to promote greater awareness of the local environment. Come prepared for some al fresco fun in Forest School as we explore the opportunities and challenges of outdoor learning and work together to share ideas and prepare materials to support science within a creative cross-curricular programme at KS1.
Pre Prep Maths: Inside and Out
02 Jun 2015
The course aims to provide practical experience and teaching strategies for use inside and outside the classroom and to examine the impact of the expectations of the new maths curriculum on teaching and learning.
Developing Schools Abroad
04 Jun 2015
This course will address the opportunities and pitfalls to be wary of when planning an association with or the development of an overseas prep school.
Aspiring Deputy Heads
12 Jun 2015
This course was a sell-out last year and is, therefore, repeated this year. 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.
English: Enriching and Developing the English National Curriculum
15 Jun 2015
Delegates will share ideas, resources and approaches linked with a variety of texts, including poetry and picture books, to enable them to enrich and develop the English National Curriculum 2014 imaginatively in the classroom.
Annual Deputy Heads and Director of Studies Conference
16 Jun 2015
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.
Getting the Learning Right (in association with Independent Thinking Ltd)
23 Jun 2015
If a school isn't about teaching and learning then what is it about? At a time when there is so much pressure on us all to tick boxes, cover the curriculum and chase those test results, we can sometimes lose sight of what schools should be about - creating rich and exciting learning experiences that engage all young people. To help schools reconnect with their core purpose, Independent Thinking and IAPS are delighted to bring together four leading figures in the world of creative teaching and learning for a unique, practical, enjoyable and inspiring day full of practical ideas to reignite your classrooms.