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19 Mar 2016

UAE’s education leaders discussed development of future leadership talent in their sector at Knowledge Seminar hosted by TKG in Abu Dhabi



Attendees at TKG’s second Knowledge Seminar have heard about the critical role school leaders play in the overall quality of a school, its teaching and the outcomes for its pupils. As the region’s demographics continue to change and the economy continues to re-focus on different sectors, education will have an enormous role to play, so that the need to develop first-class school leadership talent will be crucial. Challenges that remain include ensuring that leadership skills are developed in a way that best supports high-quality teaching, and ensuring that the role of an educator is viewed in the same positive light as other professions.


“Policy makers around the world are focused on education transformation as a way to transform the life chances of over a billion children,” said Jonathan Dale, Director of International Leadership Development at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, University College London’s Institute of Education (IOE).


Jonathan was speaking during a morning seminar organised by The Knowledge Group (TKG), the next talk in its Knowledge Seminars 2016 programme of expert-led complimentary events. This ground-breaking series of interactive discussions is hosting leading international and regional authorities across the Gulf region.


Held on the 29th February 2016 at the Park Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, the presentation was attended by over 50 principals, vice-principals and other senior education professionals. The event – “Approaches to Developing the Next Generation of School Leaders” focused on some of the critical factors influencing the development of future leadership talent in a school setting, with particular attention on how international best-practices can be applied for maximum impact in the MENA region.


The discussion was introduced and moderated by TKG Executive Director Dr. Rabei Wazzeh, with attendees playing an active part in asking questions and sharing experiences.


“The workshop has provided some great insights into the development of school leaders, and the skills and knowledge they need to drive forward the success of the region’s education establishments. We are very pleased to have hosted another international expert in Jonathan Dale, a real leader in his field, and are delighted to have seen the subject so impressively engaged with by an exceptional group of educators,” said Dr. Ahmad Badr, Chief Executive Officer at TKG.


The IOE is the world’s leading centre for education and related social science. Founded in 1902, it was placed first in the world for education, ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Melbourne, in the 2014 and 2015 QS rankings.


The Knowledge Seminars 2016 continue to play host to a series of engaging speakers and industry leaders from around the world, bringing unique perspectives and expertise on areas of critical importance to the region. The complimentary programme is aimed at senior professionals and will tackle a range of organisational issues and business topics. Attendees will be able to engage in discussion through an open-forum format, as well as being able to network with a select group of regional experts. Upcoming events include next month’s “The Leader in 2025”, set to be held on 14 March in Abu Dhabi.