5 – 7 October 2022, Edinburgh International Conference Centre


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The IAPS team is greatly looking forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh and the International Conference Centre in October. You don't need anyone to tell you that Edinburgh is an extraordinary city of art, academe, architecture, history, culture and sport and we are pleased to report that planning is already well underway to make the most of all that Edinburgh has to offer to enrich the experience of everyone attending the conference.
Our conference theme, Enlightened Education, draws on the role of Edinburgh as an influential city of the European Enlightenment. It will also draw on the areas UNESCO identifies as the entitlement of every child to experience in their education. We will see the theme reflected in many ways throughout the conference programme, not least in the questioning and empirical spirit that we trust our speakers and panellists will promote by their contributions. Our aim is to ensure they prove as diverse, provocative and engaging a group as has ever been brought together for one of our conferences.
This conference is being staged in partnership with our friends at HMC which means there will be significantly more formal and informal opportunities than usual to meet colleagues from across the independent sector and around the world, to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones.
And we are going one step further on the final day of conference, with an exceptional programme which will be open for leaders from all sectors of education to attend free of charge. We hope you will be able to bring any state school head with whom you partner to enjoy the experience. The result, we hope, will be the opportunity for a meeting of minds and an exchange of experiences truly worthy of the best traditions of the Enlightenment.
But, of course, conference is also about recharging the personal as well as the professional batteries so there will be plenty of opportunities to do just that so you can enjoy the conference you want.


Programme and session information


Seminar sessions can now be booked and details are included in your booking confirmation e-mail. For those delegates who booked before Tuesday, 5 July, you will have received an e-mail with the details.


For further information regarding this year's conference, please click here to view the full programme.


Accommodation information

For those members who require accommodation for this year's Edinburgh '22 Conference, we have secured a number of hotels within walking distance of the EICC. Bookings can now be made through our official partners (Easy Tiger Events).

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Contact information

Amandine Welbourn
Events, courses and conferences manager 

[email protected]
01926 887833

Price information

The annual conference scheduled for October is a joint venture with HMC.  The cost to attend this unique event will be £750 (inclusive of all relevant taxes) for members of both associations.  However, IAPs has budgeted to subsidise the cost to members by £200 per member using central funds and in the context of the desire to have as many IAPS heads attend as possible. The cost therefore to IAPS members will be £550. We do hope you will agree, especially given the programme which has been assembled, represents tremendous value for money.

Bookings closed on Thursday 8 September 2022.


IAPS and HMC extend grateful thanks to our sponsors for their generous support. 


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Perry is a leading online school uniform and sports kit supplier; we work alongside schools to deliver distinctive uniforms and high-performance sports kit with an exceptional service to parents. Providing a truly integrated and multi-channel shopping service, parents have the convenience of online shopping supported by in-school fitting events, showrooms, and school shops.



Studentsafe is a boutique transport consultancy and software provider. We consider ourselves the school transport experts and we have a proven track record to back this up. We use data and expertise to help schools pro-actively manage their transport subsidy and also to reduce traffic associated with the school run.



Lenovo is a US$70 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #159 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 75,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s leading PC player by expanding into new growth areas of infrastructure, mobile, solutions and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere.



Vectare are experts in planning and managing school passenger transport. We work with 75+ independent schools across the UK and offer a fully managed school transport service, planning, procuring and delivering home to school and ad-hoc transport on behalf of our clients. We also supply bespoke paperless transport management software including a digital booking system, a passenger app including live registration and real time vehicle tracking. You can self-manage your transport using our intuitive suite of software, or you can opt for our fully managed service - the choice is yours! We'd invite anybody who wants to know how their school transport can be enhanced to visit us on Stand 61 for a chat with one of our transport professionals.


Ceilidh sponsor


Wine for the conference dinner

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Conference bags

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Conference water bottles

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HMC new members' lunch


Conference notebooks


AV equipment

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IAPS new members' welcome


Pre-conference golf



International conference - 4 October 2022

International members will have the opportunity of attending a special IAPS/HMC international programme on Tuesday, 4 October, kindly hosted by Fettes College. You can find out more about the international conference here

Open education conference - 7 October 2022

The final day of conference will form the Edinburgh Open Education Conference which is open to leaders from all sectors of education. We hope that you will encourage colleagues in partner state schools to register and benefit from the excellent programme that has been created for that day. The Edinburgh Open Education Conference is being organised in partnership with Tes and is free for all state school leaders to attend. We hope it will be the opportunity for a special meeting of minds and an exchange of experiences truly worthy of the best traditions of the Enlightenment. Please click here to see an introductory video from Melvyn Roffe, HMC chair-elect. Details to share with your partner state schools on how to register are in your booking confirmation details which you will receive once you have booked your place at the conference.