Thank you to everyone who attended the Teacher Retention and Professional Development Conference on 9th June 2021.

Organised by the Oustanding Schools team, the conference set to bring together international school leaders to explore, discuss and debate the best possible solutions to improving and supporting teacher retention through effective and adaptive CPD, as well as provide guidance on how to best empower every single teacher to be healthy, productive and resilient.

The event included 15 hours of CPD accredited content delivered through a mix of stimulating and thought-provoking presentations and panels, and interactive roundtables and workshops facilitating reflection and collaboration.

Please check out our next flagship Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference taking place on the 12-14 October 2021, online.

Conference Speakers - 9th June

For School and Academic Leaders

The Teacher Retention and Professional Development Conference provided a timely and necessary platform for educational leaders and experts to come together and discuss solutions for optimising professional learning, for example through the effective use of technology, coaching, and teacher-centred approaches. School leaders had the opportunity to gain strategic guidance, and explored evidence-based best practice around CPD and CPD leadership that emerged from the pandemic, as well as understood the importance of SEL, wellbeing and PD in retaining a skilled, productive and happy teaching workforce.

Key takeaways of the event included: 

  • Highlighting effective and trialed-and-tested ways to support teachers to become resilient and high-performing leaders
  • Discovering how to enhance teacher motivation, productivity and efficacy during times of crisis
  • Understanding how to retain a highly-skilled workforce within schools and the wider profession
  • Learning how to create a strong culture and ethos in schools through coaching, mentoring and other leadership approaches

This was a highly interactive conference made up of a mix of presentations, panel debates, “video-on” workshops and roundtable discussions, which enabled participants to listen and learn, but also contribute to the discussion through the live chat and in break-out rooms. The event also facilitated networking in 1-to-1 meetings, and this was all delivered via our event platform, Swapcard.

Series Testimonials

I thought the format was excellent. I found it very valuable, I really enjoyed myself. I really liked the flipped concept. It was great to have the freedom to choose, to tap in and out of sessions before joining the roundtables at the main event. My favourite sessions were [Kate Griggs] Made By Dyslexia, [Mike Lambert] Dubai College and the [Pirjo Suhonen's] double flipped learning case study from Finland
Robin Cummings, Head of Primary MathsThe Sultan's School, Oman
It was a life-changing experience. I got so many ideas and best practices to use in my classroom in the face to face teaching or remotely
Mohammed Abo HassanMinistry of Education, Bahrain
It was a great conference. Well planned and valuable to all educators.
Justin Kirby, Director of Curriculum and InstructionGEMS American Academy - Abu Dhabi
Always a pleasure and a privilege
Tracy Moxley, Director of EducationAldar Education
Well done and a pleasure to be involved
Sean Sibley, PrincipalDoha English Speaking School
An honour to lead so many professionals through a roundtable - thank you!
Olivia Roth, CEOBritish Schools in the Middle East
Fantastic speakers. Thanks for organising!
Kate Griggs, FounderMadeByDyslexia
It was great to be part of the event and connect with principals. We generated lots of interest and found the platform easy to use
Rachel Walsh, Senior Marketing ManagerOxford International AQA Examinations
A pleasure to present alongside so many amazing people - I was truly inspired! Thank you for all your organisation
Philippa Wraithmell, Head of Digital Technology & InnovationCranleigh Abu Dhabi
It was indeed a pleasure to be involved in the event. Such fantastic speakers offering such insight. Thank you for all the hard work in pulling together the event
Tarek Alami, Regional Director - MENAEducation Development Trust
Very proud to be part of such an exciting two days. Brilliant experience
Marie Thake, Director and People Development ConsultantTruly Inspired
Congratulations for organising and curating an excellent online conference. It was a privilege and a pleasure to be involved. Well done!
Kai Vacher, PrincipalBritish School Muscat
Amazing virtual conference. Thank you for your creative efforts in organizing this event
Sahar Fayyad, PrincipalMinistry of Education, Jordan
A thoroughly engaging range of speakers with the most up-to-date theory and practice in the world of education. A must for educational leaders
Helen Moloy, Assistant Principal – Research, Development and InnovationGEMS Dubai American Academy

Skills & Knowledge for School Staff

All Outstanding Schools Middle East conferences, summits and training are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified. Signed certificates are available upon request.



Qualified Networking

Attend our hourly social functions, lean on our AI assistant for meetings or DIY with our filtering tools. Schools come to Outstanding Schools to connect; no more isolation.

Interactive Learning

All our formats demand class participation. Case studies serve to inspire but the real learning comes from doing. Our events break out regularly and are led by moderators with decades of practical experience and a strong passion for collaboration and exchange. Our conversations are 2 way; no more broadcasting.

Dynamic Content

Delivery depends on variety, jumping across 5 formats over the course of minutes to keep the ideas fresh and the networking surprising. Video debates, live presentations, panel discussions, roundtables and workshops to keep you entertained live or at your own pace. Our content stimulates and engages; no more webinars.