Wednesday 16, December 2015

Dubai – MENA Herald: Innoventures Education, which manages some of the leading schools in Dubai, including Raffles International School hosted the prestigious Cambridge Schools Conference in the UAE recently.

Over 400 educators from 41 countries and five continents attended the conference. This was the largest conference hosted by UK based Cambridge International Examinations. The conference focused on how leadership ,teaching, assessment, learning spaces – real and virtual, will need to evolve in order to provide for effective learning in the future.

The aim of this Cambridge Schools Conference was to provoke discussion about what schools and teachers can do to improve professional practice and provide real-time ideas that educators can implement in their respective schools and countries.

Poonam Bhojani, CEO Innoventures Education said: “We are delighted to host one of the most prestigious educator conferences at Raffles International School in Dubai. We are pleased that renowned educators Dr. Veronica Boix-Mansilla Steering Committee member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Professor Gordon Stobart of University College London and Mr. Tony Little, former Headmaster of Eton College, could be present to interact with participants.”

“In today’s fast changing world, the theme of the conference ‘Education fit for the future – Planning for a changing world’ is highly relevant. Innovation and creativity are key for an effective and holistic education that enables thinking outside the box and we are proud to embrace this vision in the UAE.”

Dr. Veronica Boix-Mansilla said, “It is fantastic to be at the Cambridge Schools Conference hosted by Raffles International School, Dubai, where we are thinking about the future of education and pedagogy, and how education is a personal discovery.”

Michael William Clack, Principal- Raffles International School said, “The Cambridge Conference has been an enlightening and exciting opportunity to share expertise, experiences and internationalism within a global network of educational practitioners. A truly invaluable experience.”

Some of the key topics that came up during the discussion include leadership and student engagement, new media and digital technologies that could be harnessed to support student learning. Cambridge plans to further enhance the quality of computer-based testing and assessments leading to the development of a global perspective through project based learning. How schools can equip students to be confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged is another area of development.

As with all Cambridge Schools Conferences, while the experts provided their input, the greatest value came from Cambridge educators from across 41 countries who shared their experiences and vision for the future.