UK’s leading educational examinations institutions host a one-day conference

Published March 8th, 2010 - 10:23 GMT

 Two of the UK’s leading educational examinations institutions are to host a one-day conference in Abu Dhabi, under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC), on student-centred learning in the Emirate.


More than 250 school principals and heads of department are invited to attend the one-day interactive conference that explores the latest research into student-centred approaches to learning. This approach has been shown to improve learners’ overall progress and can lead to better performance in examinations.


The conference is hosted by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL) under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).


His Excellency Dr Mugheer Al-Khaili, Director General, ADEC, will welcome delegates to the conference and share the vision of ADEC to implement student-centred learning approaches in schools across Abu Dhabi.


Conference organisers are delighted that four world-leading educators will speak at the conference. Reflecting the conference theme, delegates will participate in interactive workshops after the presentations which will focus on the practical application of student-centred education in the classroom.


John MacBeath, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, will talk about the development of a genuinely student-centred classroom. Professor MacBeath is an expert on school leadership and school self-evaluation and has acted in a consultancy role to theOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNESCO and ILO (International Labour Organisation), the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Prince's Trust, the European Commission, the Scottish Executive, the Swiss Federal Government, the Varkey Group in Dubai and the Hong Kong Education Department. He was a member of the UK Government Task Force on Standards from 1997-2001 and was awarded the OBE for services to education in 1997.

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