5 – 7 October 2022, Edinburgh International Conference Centre


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


You will be invited to book your seminar choices in the Autumn term.


For further information regarding this year's conference programme, please click here


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.


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