Join us for a two day conference featuring seminars, workshops and network meetings focusing on all elements of delivering an innovative and successful approach to personalised learning for International British Schools

Overcoming the challenges of delivering the National Curriculum for England in an international setting ensuring success for the whole school

In association with Firefly, Karen Ardley Associates and Scanning Pens

€375 for COBIS schools and €475 for non-COBIS members
For COBIS Schools, please follow this link to sign up now!

Enquires should be sent to Stuart May (Vice Principal) s.may@britams.nl

The conference will provide a great opportunity for networking with other COBIS schools, focusing on the latest best practice from the UK, working with a highly skilled range of facilitators, and enjoying the fun and energy of the Dutch capital - finishing with our traditional boat party on Friday night. We have arranged a special conference hotel rate with NH Hotels - please contact Stuart May for more details s.may@britams.nl.


Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

Mark Anderson (ICT Evangelist)

Being a modern educator

The Edtech classroomFeedback for the modern educator

Jennifer Machaj (KAA)

Differentiation in the Secondary Classroom

Raising the Challenge for all Secondary Learners

Developing Questioning and Thinking Skills in Secondary

Charlotte Hindley (KAA)

Differentiation in the Primary Classroom

Raising the Challenge for all Primary Learners

Developing Questioning and Thinking Skills in Primary

Paul Davies (KAA)

Using Pupil Data in the Secondary Classroom

Target Setting and Progress Tracking for Secondary Teachers

Assessing and Profiling in KS3

Carly Lomax (KAA)

Assessing and Learning in KS1

Assessing Learning and Progress in KS2

Assessing after levels in Primary

Martin Haskyane (KAA)

Growth Mindsets (Primary and Secondary)

The Positive Classroom (Positive and Secondary)

Including and Supporting all Learners (Primary and Secondary)

Gill Matthews (KAA)

Inspiring Writing Skills

Mastery in English

Accelerating Progress in English

Isabelle Arnett (KAA)

Supporting EAL Learners in Secondary

Strategies to Promote Language Acquisition and Development

Using Technology to Accelerate Language Development

Hywel Roberts (KAA)

Imagineering in KS1

Imagineering in KS2

Imagineering in KS3

Karen Ardley (KAA)

Aspiring to Lead?

Coaching Skills

Wellbeing and Happiness

Andy Burt (Centre for Excellence in Early Years) Building on Children’s Interests: How to Maximise Opportunities for Learning in the Early YearsExploring Effective Interactions in the Early Years: Nurturing Curiosity and Inspiring a Passion for LearningThinking Big! Rethinking Outdoor Spaces in the Early Years
Sam Garner (sponsored by Scanning Pens) Achieving Independent Working – Preparing Dyslexic Students for Life

Teaching Assistants – Are they really the Holy Grail of SEN Support?


Mark Anderson - Keynote speaker

A former school leader with more than twenty years of experience in the classroom, leading successful faculty departments, being a local authority lead teacher for his subject. Mark is responsible for some of the world’s most innovative 1:1 programmes.

His mission has always been to impact positively on the futures of children which has led to him leaving the classroom to pursue that aim on a larger scale. His ICT Evangelist blog won the Education Blog of the Year award in 2015. Many will know him from his blog and Twitter handle as @ICTEvangelist. In addition to his highly successful ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson‘ book which has topped the Amazon education charts on numerous occasions, he has contributed to many more books, such as the recent ‘There Is Another Way: The Second Big Book of Independent Thinking‘. His is a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology linked to pedagogy. There are few others that have such experience of classroom practice, teaching and learning, management and technical knowledge. With more than two decades of classroom experience, he knows the power and importance of student voice in developing sound practice having co-founded the Digital Leader Network in the UK. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Microsoft Certified Educator and expert in mobile learning and associated pedagogies.

Karen Ardley

Karen Ardley is a highly successful leadership consultant, and facilitator, specialising in all aspects of leadership.Drawing on her wide experience as a teacher and leader in all phases of education, Karen designs and delivers outstanding and inspirational leadership programmes focused on change and improvement. Her previous projects have included working with the education ministries of England, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kenya through NCTL.

She is currently designing a leadership and quality assurance programme for United Nations school. Recent international work has involved teachers and leaders from over sixty countries and KAA work successfully in partnership with several Teaching Schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England, as well as individual schools. She has an established association with the British School of Amsterdam including as a facilitator for our Middle Leaders programme.

Jennifer Machaj

Jennifer Machaj is currently Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at Rose Bridge Academy. Seconded one day per week as a consultant to an outstanding SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training). Jennifer is a Specialist Leader of Education and has achieved NPQSL. She is an outstanding classroom practitioner ensuring her students are engaged, challenged and successful. As a KAA facilitator, Jennifer’s programmes receive excellent feedback and have proven impact, inspiring teachers to personalise student learning and accelerate student progress.

Charlotte Hindley

Charlotte Hindley is currently a Key Stage Leader and outstanding teacher at a high performing school in Northern England. Her passion and practice ensure that all pupils in her Key Stage make good and rapid progress. Charlotte works with her local Teaching School Alliance in a Research and Development Role, exploring the effectiveness of classroom strategies and initiatives. She also facilitates outstanding classroom practice programmes for KAA.

Paul Davies

Paul is Deputy Headteacher at Fred Longworth High School, Tyldesley. He has over 16 years’ experience in education as a teacher, subject leader and senior leader. Paul leads on Teaching and Learning, CPD and the Use of Data in school to support classroom practice. Fred Longworth is an outstanding school known for its innovation and best practice. Paul is an experienced facilitator, he has developed cluster training in conjunction with the National College and runs programmes in middle leader development. He also runs successful professional development sessions in his own school and others on the use of data, teaching and learning and on ensuring effective quality assurance. His sessions are engaging and thought provoking. He brings current knowledge, 'on the job' insight and perspective to all his sessions.

Carly Lomax

Carly Lomax is currently Assistant Head at an outstanding primary school in Northern England and is seconded on a part-time basis to lead development in the school’s partner SCITT. As an excellent practitioner, Carly combines classroom practice with preparing graduate trainees to become outstanding teachers through the SCITT programme. Increasingly Carly is facilitating highly-regarded programmes, internationally and in the UK, focussing on best practices for teachers and leaders.

Martin Haskayne

Martin currently is Deputy Head with responsibility for safeguarding, inclusion, SEND and Behaviour at an outstanding Primary School in the North of England. Previously Martin has had extensive successful experience in supporting the implementation of SEND practice and behaviour for learning strategies in a wide range of settings and contexts. As a KAA facilitator, Martin provides programmes and consultancy focused on the provision of all aspects of safeguarding, inclusion and behaviour for learning.

Isabelle Arnett

Isabelle is an innovative and inspirational teacher, having taught for over 20 years in a Secondary school in the UK where the majority of pupils have EAL. She is continually developing her craft as a teacher, pioneering highly effective strategies for questioning, differentiation and marking assessment and feedback. In her role as a Lead Practitioner, she has shared her knowledge and her infectious passion for teaching and learning, delivering professional development which staff find entertaining, informative and motivational. Isabelle also leads a highly effective department and has built a successful team who are similarly focused on developing the craft of teaching. Recently Isabelle has been appointed manager of a project disseminating good practice for New to English in a group of secondary schools.

Gill Matthews

Gill is an experienced trainer and presenter, having worked as an independent literacy consultant for over 20 years. She has worked at national level – advising the UK government on literacy initiatives; internationally – training teachers in countries as diverse as Abu Dhabi and Wales, and at a local level – as consultant to individual schools. Gill has a background in education publishing, which brings another dimension to her work. She has written and edited innumerable resources for the major, and minor, UK publishers and has her own modest publishing company. Gill enjoys taking a creative approach to teaching reading and writing, thinking particularly about how to engage children and to make learning purposeful and enjoyable.

Hywel Roberts

Hywel is a teacher, author and educationalist working with schools, colleges, universities and other educational organisations across the UK and beyond. Hywel was a senior leader and Advanced Skills Teacher at a successful secondary school in the North of England until 2009. He practices a whole variety of approaches that make learning real for young people and delivers his work with energy and humour. Hywel is a regular contributor on BBC radio and has showcased his expertise at national and international conferences including The Sunday Times Education Conference. Hywel also contributes to The Times Educational Supplement, Creative Teaching and Learning Magazine and other publications. He was recently described as a 'world leader in enthusiasm'. Hywel’s book Oops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally is published by Crown House Publishing.

Samantha Garner

Samantha Garner is a well-established consultant and trainer in the world of SEN and Mental Health. Originally a music teacher, she has worked in the SEN arena for over 15 years and including time as a SENCo in a large secondary school where she managed a team of 30 TAs.She is a qualified CBT Therapist, and Child & Adolescent Counsellor giving her an in-depth understanding as to the cross over between SEN & Mental Health. Sam has trained and consulted in the whole spectrum of educational establishments from PRUs to very prestigious private schools, nationally and internationally.She is a published author of several mental health support programmes and regularly writes for SEN magazines.Sam always receives excellent feedback from her sessions with delegates praising her for her entertaining style and her ability to understand the real issues faced in education.

Andy Burt

Working as part of the Centre for Excellence in Early Years, Andy Burt is an experienced Teacher and School Leader who has explored open-ended, creative and innovative approaches to learning over a number of years. Research done in collaboration with Professor Pat Broadhead, focusing on Andy’s work, led to the exploration of “the whatever you want it to be place” and the co-written text Understanding Young Children’s Learning through play which was published by Routledge in 2011.