Winter's took part in the ECIS Annual Leadership Conference in Barcelona in April. Find out more about the conference in our latest blog...

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The ECIS Leadership Conference is a well-established annual event that offers professionals the opportunity to share their experiences and learn about leading approaches to school leadership, governance, advancement, admissions, finance, operations, and of course, teaching and learning.  

This year’s conference in Barcelona brought together professionals from around Europe and further afield, under the theme of ‘Inspiring Curiosity’.

The event kicked off with a genuinely inspiring keynote speech given by Ewan MacIntosh, Founder and Managing Director of NoTosh, who looked at the need for schools to identify their ‘true north’, their core values or moral compass if you like, and to carefully re-evaluate this as the world around them changes and evolves. He talked about the challenges this poses in international settings due to the transient nature of the staff and student populations, and offered some invaluable insights into how schools could overcome these difficulties. Empowering staff through the use of design thinking for school development, encouraging story-telling to develop core values, and offering staff (and students) a safe space to make their thinking visible and to share and experiment with ideas were just some of the processes mentioned.

ECIS Keynote Speech Slide

This was followed by individual workshops offering delegates exceptional PD and collaborative opportunities, with focuses ranging from technology and marketing trends to formative assessment, child protection to economic indicators across Europe, and school accreditation to being prepared for terrorist attacks. Workshops were led by experts within the industry, who offered years of knowledge and experience in their chosen field. All workshops offered time for collaboration, questions and discussion.

The day ended with ‘Special Interest Groups’ led by teachers and administrators from ECIS schools, offering question and answer sessions within the fields of Admissions, Advancement, Business and Finance, Administrators, Heads, and Curriculum and Assessment. These sessions provided further opportunities for professionals to share good practice and develop their expertise.

The second day of the conference was just as successful, with delegates saying how pleased they were to be coming away with so many inspiring ideas to put into practice.

By Carolyn Savage - Head of International Education