Online Booking for Courses & Conferences

In 2018 – 2019 over 1,200 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. We hope that you find this year’s programme of events beneficial and relevant.

You can also download a copy of our 2019 - 20 Courses and Conferences Brochure

  • Conference for IAPS Overseas Member Heads

    in London,

    25 Sep 2019

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    This conference has been arranged specifically for IAPS Overseas Member Headteachers only, to attend preceding the IAPS Annual Conference.

  • IAPS Annual Conference (for IAPS Member Heads Only)

    in London

    26 - 27 Sep 2019

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    We look forward to welcoming our Members Heads to the IAPS Annual Conference 2019. The Conference will be held at QE11 Centre, Westminster, London - Thursday 26 September to Friday 27 September 2019. BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

  • Members' Induction (by invitation only)

    in Leamington Spa

    07 Oct 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.

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

    in London

    08 Oct 2019

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    Do you want to find out what the most effective TAs really do? Do you want to enhance your approaches to supporting pupils with Literacy and Numeracy issues? Do you want to attend a course full of realistic and practical ideas to help you do this? The Teaching Assistant can be a highly valued asset in the classroom. The key though is to identify what are and what are not the best value interventions the TA can make.

  • Pastoral Support: mental health and wellbeing for your school community:What path are you on?

    in Leamington Spa

    05 Nov 2019

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    Teachers are not mental health professionals, but school remain on the front line and plays a crucial role in identifying issues and supporting children’s mental health provision.

  • Building positive relationships with parents

    in Birmingham

    07 Nov 2019

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    Discover new ways of engaging parents and lead your staff in developing skills to build relationships with parents. This Leadership course will look at strategies and techniques for building relationships and dealing with demanding parents.

  • Science: thinking, doing, talking science

    in Headington

    11 Nov 2019

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    This course will help teachers enable pupils to think and talk about scientific concepts through dedicated discussion times, providing pupils with a wide range of opportunities for creative investigations and problem solving and focus the pupils’ recording so that there is always time for practical science.

  • Engineering: an introduction to teaching engineering in prep schools

    in Cambridge

    12 Nov 2019

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    The course will consider 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. There will be hands-on sessions for delegates to experience the engineering approach. Lesson plans and teaching resources will be provided to take away for delegates to consider its introduction in their own schools. St Faith’s was the winner of the 2018 TES Award, ‘Strategic Initiative of the Year’, for the introduction of engineering and is the winner of the 2019 TES Award ‘Prep School of the Year’.

  • Independent Schools SEND Conference in association with ISC

    in London

    15 Nov 2019

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    Formally known as the ISC SEND Conference, 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: Devising - the anarchy and alchemy of storytelling

    in St albans

    18 Nov 2019

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    There are thousands of fantastic stories - true and imagined, ancient and contemporary - but how best do we turn them into theatre productions? This workshop will look at taking a story or idea and using theatrical tools to structure, build and present it as a satisfying new piece of performance. We will explore character, scene building, physical languages and presentational techniques that can be used in devising, along with the anarchy of masks, puppets, music, props, songs, dance and clowning.

  • Good governance and leadership of preparatory and smaller schools

    in London

    20 Nov 2019

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    A joint IAPS and AGBIS 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. The Conference has been designed to provide an opportunity for Governors to attend with their senior staff to learn more about matters of mutual interest.

  • Music: conducting for choirs and orchestras - essential knowledge and the difference between the two

    in London

    21 Nov 2019

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    Improve your skills in order to achieve a more positive and reactive response from pupils whilst conducting

  • Finance: the school as a business

    in Birmingham

    27 Nov 2019

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    All successful businesses adapt to meet changing market environments. This course will help delegates to identify the key changes they need to face, how they might address them, and the steps they can take to help ensure that their school generates a surplus.

  • Geography: inspirational geography teaching

    in London

    28 Nov 2019

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    Develop a ‘teaching toolkit’ to enhance learning through adding a range of interactive strategies, which can be applied to a number of different geographical topics and lessons

  • Helping NQTs and RQTs to communicate effectively with parents

    in Birmingham

    05 Dec 2019

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    Ben Coombes (Founder of IWeYou) will use a series of presentations, activities and group discussions in order to help new, or recently qualified, teachers reduce stress around communicating with parents.

  • Preparation for Headship

    in Leamington Spa

    09 - 11 Jan 2020

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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.

  • Middle Management

    in Leamington Spa

    20 - 21 Jan 2020

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    Middle managers are in a unique position in schools. They have the benefit of leading as well as being led. This course aims to give middle leaders insight into leadership styles and behaviours that can influence change and support continuous improvement. The programme will focus on how different styles and skills can be practised and learnt, and will also include personality typing, emotional intelligence, change management, team building and coaching..

  • Highly effective leadership (winning at work without losing at life!)

    in Birmingham

    22 Jan 2020

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    This course is designed to help senior leaders be the most effective people they can be in the work place whilst maintaining the work/life balance.

  • Prep School Marketing Day (a joint AMCIS & IAPS conference)

    in London

    29 Jan 2020

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    Efficient and effective marketing of prep schools is at the core of this seminar. Sessions will focus on the fundamentals of marketing both the day and boarding elements on restricted budgets in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

  • English: visible assessment - marking, feedback and assessment in English

    in Birmingham

    30 Jan 2020

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    This course will be an inspiring and highly practical day focussed on efficient and effective marking, feedback and assessment systems. Delegates will take part in hands on activities with multiple strategies to take back to their schools.

  • Improving standards and effectiveness

    in London

    04 Feb 2020

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    We are always under pressure to improve standards and effectiveness. As a result, we make lots of changes, but we don’t always make much difference. This day looks at tools and techniques which will break the cycle of reinventing the past and wondering why we are working so hard without changing outcomes for our pupils.

  • History: teaching and learning in history

    in London

    06 Feb 2020

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    This course will give all teachers of history the opportunity to get excited about their subject! We will look at how historical fiction can help us enthuse our students as well as considering different ways to engage pupils from across the year groups.

  • Maths Conference

    in London

    27 Feb 2020

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    When you first qualify as a teacher, you are completely up to date with the latest educational research about the teaching and learning mathematics. As soon as you start teaching, however, any intention you might have had to try to keep up with developments in educational research generally ends up at the bottom of the ‘to do’ list, beneath the lesson planning and never-ending marking. This conference aims to bring you up to date with what the most recent research has to say about effective, practical classroom strategies.

  • Pre Prep and Early Years Conference: roots to grow and wings to fly

    in Nottingham

    05 - 06 Mar 2020

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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, providing an opportunity to learn, develop, share and reflect

  • Mental health first aid

    in Leamington Spa

    09 Mar 2020

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    The government pledged that every state school would have a qualified MHFA first aider in their midst by 2021. As no provision was made for independent schools, we are lacking such ‘champions.’ This course will help staff feel in a better position to support the increasing number of pupils who have mental health concerns. A manual and workbook will be provided for future reference, plus a certificate as a one-day MHFA Champion.

  • Coaching fundamentals: methods, approaches and applications

    in Birmingham

    10 Mar 2020

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    Coaching has been a hot topic in business for some time, but is still somewhat of a developing idea in education. Led by former international school Principal and Certified Professional Coach Nicholas McKie, this highly interactive course will explore what coaching really is and equip you with the fundamental skills to use coaching to drive improvement in your school setting.

  • SEND: provision, interventions and supporting children with SEND in the classroom

    in Birmingham

    12 Mar 2020

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    This course will look at ways of overcoming barriers for our pupils and inspiring them to learn using the strengths they have.

  • New IAPS Heads' Course (by invitation only)

    in Kenilworth

    16 - 17 Mar 2020

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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. Extended programme has been carefully designed to meet the needs of heads new to post.

  • Classics: a 'capite ad Calcem' - excellence in Classics teaching

    in London

    29 Apr 2020

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    This years interactive course will offer key guidance on best practice in Classics teaching, promote discussion of ideas and innovations amongst delegates, provide useful information on the workings of the exam board and senior school departments and broaden cultural horizons within the sphere of classical research.

  • MFL: how to monitor, assess and encourage progress in a positive learning environment

    in London

    30 Apr 2020

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    Learn how to monitor progress through various feedbacks, using examples and strategies to record progress instantly and regularly. Learn how to monitor progress through various assessments: peer assessment, self-assessment, whole class assessment and end of modules or course assessment and monitor progress using various techniques such as MFL websites and IT.

  • Prep School Boarding: running an internal investigation into safeguarding allegations

    in Leamington Spa

    01 May 2020

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    This course is intended to help staff, particularly those in senior roles, who need to understand the details of running an Internal Investigation into a member of staff against whom allegations of a safeguarding nature have been made.

  • English: Talk for Writing - practice and implementation

    in Birmingham

    05 May 2020

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    An inspiring day led by the creator of Talk for Writing', Pie Corbett who will offer an overview of the Talk for Writing process with practical examples of how it is delivered in the classroom

  • Heads' PAs: change, influence and 'lightening the load'

    in Leamington Spa

    07 May 2020

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    The role of a Head’s PA is unique and has its own set of challenges (and delights!) During this interactive one-day workshop, delegates will have an opportunity to share best practice and learning with other Heads’ PAs. We recognize that school administrative staff can be expected to step up to roles where they are managing or working alongside colleagues who may be resistant to change. Colleagues who cite “we’ve always done it this way” when you attempt to suggest or introduce new working practices can be a challenge.

  • Engineering: advanced course for teaching engineering in prep schools

    in Cambridge

    11 May 2020

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    Following on from the ‘Introduction to teaching engineering’ course on 12 November 2019, this course discovers the way engineering can provide real-world relevance to the curriculum topics studied across science, maths and computing and how it can greatly enhance understanding in those subjects. There will be hands-on sessions for delegates to experience the engineering approach, plus lesson plans and teaching resources will be available to take away.

  • Art: exploring printmaking

    in Cheltenham

    13 May 2020

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    Printmaking is an exciting process which is a great way to experiment and explore visual art and design. This course will give an understanding and knowledge of a range of printmaking processes and practical experience of mono printing, relief printing, poly printing and lino printing.

  • ICT: creating an engaging ICT curriculum

    in Birmingham

    14 May 2020

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    How do you keep ahead of the tide and make every lesson exciting? We will aim to take some of the less exciting elements of our subject and inject them with life. A hands-on day of ideas sharing and knowledge growth.

  • Aspiring Deputy Heads

    in Leamington Spa

    18 - 19 May 2020

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    This two-day residential is designed to equip staff who are aiming to become deputy heads in prep schools.

  • Annual Deputy Heads and Directors of Studies Conference

    in London

    09 Jun 2020

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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.