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 2015-16 academic year, please click here.
Maths: Effective Differentiation in Mathematics Classroom
23 Feb 2016
We will look at the provision for different needs and the achievement of all pupils in the maths classroom. The day will focus on excellent classroom practice that offers both support and challenge, including sessions on differentiation in the maths classroom and examples of best practice from an ISI maths specialist.
English - Raising Standards of Writing Through Making Books
29 Feb 2016
The course aims to develop an understanding of the value of developing real purposes and audiences for writing by using book making as a focus to engage learners in the writing process. Our workshop leader for the day is Paul Johnson, who has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts and implementing this with children in schools.
Teaching in an Evidence-Based Classroom (a joint Dragonfly and IAPS Course)
02 Mar 2016
This course will identify seven classroom interventions which have the biggest effect on achievement and give detailed practical examples of how each one can be delivered in the classroom. We will focus only on the most secure evidence as cited by John Hattie (Visible Learning), the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation (The T&L Toolkit). The presenters will demystify the ‘PAR’ model and lesson structures and delegates will leave clear about what you should focus on in classrooms. Delegates will explore tried and tested strategies that REALLY work.
Cross Association Junior School Heads' Conference: Heads Work in Progress
in Stratford Upon Avon
03 - 04 Mar 2016
This will be the seventh Cross Association Junior Heads’ Conference which is open to all Heads of Junior and Preparatory Schools across the Heads’ Associations. The programme is designed by representatives from each Association to enable delegates to leave the conference better equipped and more confident to face the vital challenges of Junior and Preparatory School leadership.
Pre-Prep Leadership Conference 2016: Permission to Educate
in Stratford Upon Avon
10 - 11 Mar 2016
The 2016 Conference is for those who lead in Pre Prep schools and aims to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in independent pre prep schools to offer innovative, relevant learning opportunities for our young pupils, with an emphasis firmly on creating a climate of awe and wonder in our classrooms. An unmissable opportunity to spend time sharing ideas with colleagues and reflecting on how we can all be the best we can be for our schools, the 2016 Conference is all about making the learning that happens in our schools meaningful, memorable and truly marvellous.
New Heads Training
14 - 15 Mar 2016
This important course is strongly recommended for heads within their first few years of headship. We will look at areas such as managing change, yourselves and others, marketing and leading to realise your vision. There will be an opportunity to network with other new heads and IAPS officers and officials.
Members Induction (by invitation only)
in Leamington Spa
21 Apr 2016
The aim of the day is to introduce new members to the structure and organisation of IAPS and its role.
25 - 26 Apr 2016
Middle managers are in a unique position in schools. They have the benefit of leading as well as being led. This course aims to equip managers with knowledge and skills that can be used to develop effective leadership in schools.
Classics: Back to the Future
29 Apr 2016
This course will provide Classics teachers with the opportunity to see and discuss the current resources and requirements of senior schools for both Common Entrance and Scholarship.
04 May 2016
The course aims to inspire and equip colleagues to move IT forward in their own schools.
MFL: Developing Speaking and Writing Skills in MFL
05 May 2016
Learn how to nurture more confident, spontaneous speakers with useful techniques for more improvised talk. Discover useful ideas for more effective grammar retention and application.
Science: Hands on Science - Working Scientifically through the New Syllabus
10 May 2016
This course will provide a range of ideas for practical work to refresh and enliven teaching of the subject through the new syllabus.
Boarding: Change and Transition for Prep School Boarders
12 May 2016
The course aims explore issues surrounding the pastoral care and mental health of children and pre-adolescents in Boarding and will look at how children can be helped to cope with change in a fast-paced world.
17 May 2016
This course is designed to help schools understand the integrated inspection process and how they can best prepare themselves for such an inspection.
Independent Minds: from Rhetoric to Reality
19 May 2016
It is increasingly clear that schools have a vital and exciting part to play in helping young people to develop the intellectual qualities and 21st century skills that will help them to thrive in a changing world full of opportunities as well as pressures. Through fostering cultures and teaching practices that encourage dispositions such as initiative, collaboration, originality, resilience, curiosity, good judgement and a healthy attitude to risk, we not only prepare our children for the future, but also deepen and enrich their learning experience now, teaching them to engage more rigorously, positively and creatively with the full range of curriculum subjects. However, this is more likely to take root and spread when schools and educators have the confidence to try things out, to see what has impact and what doesn’t and to learn from each other. This is where practical ideas that work on the ground are essential. More and more schools are embracing this agenda and developing ingenious strategies and approaches that are making a real difference to their children. But we could do so much more if we shared these ideas with each other. Through collaboration, progress would be infinitely faster, richer and more exciting
History: Question Time for Teachers of History
24 May 2016
Using the talents and experiences of teachers of history and invited educationalists this course will seek to look at just how the teaching of history has changed in recent years, embracing curriculum changes, differing methodologies and focusing on current good practice and the opportunities to make the teaching of history vibrant, exciting and relevant.
Annual Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies Conference
14 Jun 2016
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.