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2007, Oman

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YearHost CountryVenueDate FromDate To
2007 Oman Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort 30 January 3 February
 
Speakers
Name George Walker OBE
Summary
  • "Educating the Global Citizen"- An argument for the case for an international education, irrespective of whether it takes place in international or national schools
  • "Teaching for Quality Education" - some issues that determine the quality of learning using the IB programmes as exemplars.
Name Simon Cooper-Hind
Summary
  • "Let's make it real"... If you can't smell it, touch it, taste it, see it, hear it, then don't do it

A session spent looking at children and what they need to become effective learners. How do they learn, so what must we do?

  • What is important, so what must we avoid? If you always do what you’ve always done… You’ll always get what you’ve always got
  • "Teaching's not enough"
  • "Beyond VAK"
  • "What's new for our Primary learners and what must we be doing?"
Name David Keeling
Summary
  • "Agents of Change"
  • "Temperament is not destiny"
  • "The 21st Century Student": A reflection on student motivation and learning in a practical, challenging, thought-provoking and entertaining way
Name Jackie Beere OBE
Summary
  • Engaging and Motivating students for learning in the 21st Century (Secondary)
  • Developing thinking skills, including Philisophy for children (Secondary)
  • The competency based curriculum to address transition and raise standards in KS3 - including a case study of Campion School, Northamptonshire
  • A review of the latest initiatives to raise achievement in UK secondary schools
Report & Feedback

The BSME Silver Jubilee Conference in 2007 was held at The Shangri La’s Bar Al-Jissah Resort in Muscat.

The conference was opened by His Excellency Yahya bin Saud Al-Sulaimi, Minister of Education for Oman. HE Dr. Noel Guckian also generously hosted an evening for the delegates at his cliff top residence in Muscat where we were delightfully entertained by a pipe and drum band from The Royal Guard of Oman and were honoured by the presence of Dr. Kim Howells twice UK Minister of Education. The RGO, with special permission from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, also provided a “Swing Band for the Gala Dinner” which set the tone for a highly enjoyable and entertaining evening.

The theme for the conference was “Through the Eyes of Students” where the focus of the speakers turned education around 180 degrees and looked at what students consider are the “essentials” in making their education a positive and rewarding experience.

World renowned speaker Professor George Walker OBE, recently retired Director General Emeritus of the IBO was our keynote speaker and an eclectic team from the highly acclaimed UK organization “Independent Thinkers” led several sessions. Members also contributed to the speaker sessions with their “Bright Ideas” for which they received “radiating reviews”.

We had our highest ever attendance of one hundred and ninety two delegates this year. From feedback received from members and associates the conference was one to remember - for all the right reasons!

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