School Leadership Conference

Nov 17, 2018 by

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Date & Time
Saturday 17 November 2018
9:00am - 3:30pm

Madani Schools Federation
77 Evington Valley Road

Ticket Information
Prices start from £0.00
255 spaces available



Designed for Head Teachers, deputy heads, assistant heads, governors and trustees to learn, network and share best practice, the School Leadership Conference offers a selection of workshops, aimed at various members of your school’s leadership, taking into account the current needs and issues facing Muslim schools. There will also be an opportunity to discuss your concerns with educational experts during our networking sessions and the chance to learn about and access school resources from AMS’s service partners and exhibitors with exclusive offers for member schools.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Strategic Growth and Improvement’.

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Q&A Panel


Stephen Bishop – Team Leader, Independent Education Division, DfE

Stephen Bishop has worked in the Department of Education for many years in areas such as school funding, university funding and school organisation. Since 2010, he has been a part of the DfE team responsible for regulating independent schools, based in Darlington. Stephen’s functional responsibilities include legislation and regulations, faith matters and the annual school census as well as dealing with home education. In this capacity, he has spoken at several previous AMS events and conferences.

On the Q&A panel, Stephen will cover the following areas:

  • Independent school regulation, including the recent consultation on independent school standards and enforcement policy
  • How the DfE takes forward inspection findings
  • Implications of segregation.

Matthew Adshead – Chairman, Independent Schools Association

Matthew Adshead is the Head Master and Proprietor of The Old Vicarage School, Derbyshire. He has worked throughout the Independent sector in HMC, IAPS, BSA and ISA schools in senior leadership positions. The school is thriving with long waiting lists and has passed ISI inspections with “excellent” ratings in all areas. Matthew serves as one of the Honorary Officer on the National Executive Committee for the Independent Schools Association (ISA). He is Chair of the ISA for the Academic Year 2018 – 2019, which now boasts 506 members nationwide. He sits on Board of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). Matthew also works as an educational consultant, assisting schools with their business sustainability and strategy, as well as advising on how to improve their educational quality. 

On the Q&A panel, Matthew will cover the following areas:

  • The benefits of joining an independent schools association
  • How to view the ISI inspection process as a positive experience, offering excellent outcomes for your school, its pupils and their parents

Hardip Begol – Director for Integration and Communities, MHCLG

Hardip Begol has been in his current role as Director for Integration and Communities at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government since July 2017. Prior to this, he was a Director at the Department for Education (DfE) with responsibility for independent education and counter-extremism (2015-2017) and curriculum, qualifications and school accountability (2012-2014). He has had various other roles at DfE, including Deputy Director for Special Educational Needs and Disability (2007-2010)

Hardip has also worked for Deloitte (Touche Ross), where he part-qualified as a chartered accountant, KPMG Consulting as a public services consultant and also spent a year at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.

On the Q&A panel, Hardip will cover the following areas:

  • The new integration strategy and the impact it will have on schools

Saleem Hussain – Independent Inspection Consultant

Saleem Hussain is an Inspection Consultant who has successfully completed over 1,100 school inspections to date including S10, S5 & S162A. He was Senior Managing Inspector for Independent Schools and latterly Head of Independent Schools (Principal Inspector) for CfBT for several years. As Principal Inspector he had responsibility for the North of England. CfBT received an Outstanding grade from Ofsted for performance as an Inspection Services Provider in August 2015. Saleem is regarded by many as a national expert on the Independent schools standards. He has over 20 years of experience as an Additional Inspector. Saleem has a degree in Law and in the past, served for 10 years as Her Majesty’s Inspector for the Courts Administration in England & Wales.

  • Current trends in Ofsted inspections



9.00am to 9.50am



10.00am to 11.20am

Presentation and Guest Q&A Panel


11.30am to 12.30pm



12.30pm to 1.30pm

Lunch and Prayer


1.30pm to 3.30pm

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The content of our workshops are perhaps the most key element of the School Leadership Conference. The AMS Shura Council is responsible for arranging a suitable programme, taking into account the most relevant issues being faced by Muslim schools.

Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance for their CPD portfolios.


A. Strategic Planning to Propel your School

Course Leader: Majid Ishaque

Aimed at: Head Teachers and Senior Leaders

This mini session will look at some of the key practical tasks to raise the quality of performance in your school. The course will provide some strategic insights from Majid Ishaque who led Noor Ul Islam Primary School to a ‘Good’ rating in January 2018. Participants will leave the session prepared, energised and focused to help drive their schools forward strategically.

Majid Ishaque is an experienced Head Teacher with a strong history of working in the education management industry. Currently leading Noor ul Islam Primary School in London which received an Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ in January 2018, Majid is highly skilled in coaching, developing capacity, educational consulting and classroom management. He has established himself as a strong education professional with an MBA focused on Educational Leadership International from the University of London, Institute of Education (now known as UCL Institute of London), as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).


B. Excellence in Muslim Schools

Course Leader: Someera Butt

Aimed at: New or Aspiring Senior Leaders

This workshop offer participants the chance to reflect on measures of excellence and whether they are on track to achieve it in their own schools. Excellence as measures against a school’s aims and a faith ethos will be considered alongside statutory measures such as Ofsted’s grade descriptors. The workshop will also examine how to develop leadership to have the capacity to deliver excellence.

Someera Butt is the serving Head Teacher of Al-Noor Primary school which has recently opened a Voluntary Aided maintained school of which she is also the head. She has been part of its growth for over 15 years, having transferred to primary after 6 years in the secondary sector. Someera also serves on the Shura Council of AMS UK, supporting aspects of school development in the South Hub.


C. Auditing and Conducting Staff and School Improvement

Course Leader: Akhmed Hussain

Aimed at: Head Teachers and Senior leaders

Delegates will learn how the following areas contribute to an effective school improvement plan across the school:

  • Performance management
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • How monitoring teaching and learning through observation supports staff development
  • Staff development plans
  • CPD plans covering all types of staff
  • Self-evaluation and school improvement planning and their impact on CPD programmes
  • The role of Governors

Akhmed Hussain is the Headteacher of KD Grammar School for Boys in Manchester. He has substantial leadership experience in mainstream schools as Deputy Headteacher, covering a period of 14 years. Most recently, he has just completed three years as Deputy Headteacher (Achievement and Curriculum) at a large state 11-18 Secondary School that has just achieved its highest ever GCSE and A level results. Akhmed has a BSC Hons in Chemistry, PGCE, NPQH and has completed the NCSL Headteacher Internship programme.


D. Best Practice for School Governance

Course Leader: Mohammed Asif

Aimed at: Governors, Trustees and Proprietors

This workshop will cover:

  • The current inspection process
  • Key aspects of the role of the school governing body or equivalent
  • The Regulatory Requirements (Parts 1-8) – where is oversight required for regulatory compliance?

Mohammed Asif is a school governor of more than 20 years with a wealth of experience and invaluable insight into real school issues. He has been a chair of Governors for the vast majority of those years, helping lead the governing body to drive forward continued school improvement. As a founding member and Chair of the Association of Muslim Governors, he has strived to encourage greater participation in education from within the Muslim community. In his career as a senior civil servant and Deputy Director in the Department of Education, he lead the implementation of education policy working closely with The National Strategies, National College of School Leadership, subject associations, local authorities and schools. He has provided mentoring and coaching for school leaders in the journey from Good to Outstanding and was until very recently, Principal of an independent primary and secondary school.


E. Inspirational Middle Leadership

Course Leader: Mark Salter

Aimed at: Current or Aspiring Middle Leaders

In the session we aim to:

  • explore what makes an effective department/teaching team
  • clarify what leadership and management are
  • understand different leadership/management styles and the skills needed to get the best out of your team

Mark Salter is an independent consultant and trainer. He taught for over twenty years including leading three secondary school departments and working as an assistant head teacher. Mark delivers interactive sessions which provide attendees with strategies that they can apply immediately back in school. Mark’s mantra is ‘all about simplicity’ and he seeks to demystify principles and processes around teaching and learning, positive behaviour, and leadership. In his fifteen years as an independent consultant Mark has worked nationally and internationally, across all age ranges, in the state sector, in academies, and also the independent schools’ arena.


F. Rethinking Assessment and Data to Raise Pupils' Achievement

Course Leader: Michele Messaoudi

Aimed at: Head Teachers, Senior Leaders and Assessment Coordinators

This mini session is guided by the new thinking on assessment in the national context of the new demands of the current Primary and Secondary Curricula and the removal of attainment targets. In two hours, we aim to:

  • explore together the various aspects of assessment and the implications for monitoring teaching, learning and outcomes
  • deepen our understanding of the close relationship between the curriculum, assessment and the achievement of different groups of pupils; and our understanding of what it means to design a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum (the new Ofsted framework will have a focus on the curriculum)
  • have a glimpse of effective assessment systems that track a pupil’s journey towards mastery.

Insha’Allah (God willing) you will leave feeling inspired to lead the growth of your school and your pupils’ achievement towards new heights!

Michèle Messaoudi is an education consultant. She has had extensive experience of inspecting all types of maintained and independent schools since 2004 (EYFS, primary, secondary, independent special (MLD, SPLD, SLCN and BESD)), mostly leading inspections in independent schools. Her qualifications include a First Class MA and QTS/secondary and post-16. She has held senior positions in maintained and independent schools across all primary and secondary phases. She has been an advisor to the DfE on several projects and reforms including Remodelling the Workforce, Every Child Matters and KS3 Minority Ethnic Achievement. Her expertise includes: English, French, MFL, EAL, Christian and Muslim Faith Schools, Montessori, Steiner and international schools, and all aspects of school improvement, including mentoring Head Teachers. Since 2015, she has been heavily involved in designing and developing systems for assessing pupils’ progress without levels, and in training teachers, middle leaders and headteachers in assessment and the use of data.


G. Improving the Health and Emotional Well-Being of Pupils

Course Leader: Wendy Gregory

Aimed at: Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, Pastoral Leaders and Middle Leaders

This course looks at the reasons behind the growing numbers of pupils with mental health issues and teaches staff how to spot the warning signs, as well as providing guidance on how best to support and assist children and young people with problems. Areas covered will include:

  • How to identify problems
  • Strategies to help children
  • Fostering resilience in pupils
  • Referring to further support

Delegates will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Wendy Gregory is a counselling psychologist, educational consultant, freelance training consultant and writer who has worked with many hundreds of children, young people and their parents. She taught for many years right across the age range before training as a psychologist. More recently, Wendy has run counselling services in several schools, primary and secondary, independent and state and has designed and delivered bespoke CPD programmes for primary schools in Slough. She has appeared on ITV Daybreak discussing various issues that affect children and young people and is a regular guest psychologist on Talk Radio. Wendy has written widely for magazines and national newspapers.


H. Media Interview Skills

This workshop has been cancelled


I. Being an Effective School Administrator During Inspection

Course Leader: Sally Fenton

Aimed at: Senior Administrators and Office Managers

This two-hour session will cover the key points of:

  • Customer Relations
  • What is administration in today’s schools – who is responsible?
  • Supporting SMT in the run up to inspection

Sally Fenton is currently the HR Manager for Fairley House School and freelance trainer. She has worked in education for many years and in the SEN department at Westminster Council, taking on a range of roles within schools including school secretary, administrator, and PA to Principal. Having knowledge of SEN procedures from both school and local authority perspective, Sally is an invaluable asset in supporting school staff at a senior level. As a PA in local government, she started training other administration staff for the Local Government Association and more recently has been working with the Independent Schools Association, delivering courses for administrators and PAs which has led to delivery of INSET training for Independent schools.


J. How to Set Up a Voluntary-Aided School

Course Leader: Department for Education School Infrastructure and Access Division

Aimed at: Anyone interested in setting up a state-funded school

This workshop is available at a discounted rate of £49

This useful two-hour session will explain how schools and organisations can apply to open new Voluntary Aided schools and is an opportunity not to be missed.


K. Funding for School Twinning with Schools in the EU

Course Leader: Shakil Ahmed

Aimed at: Governors, Head Teachers, Senior Leaders and Teachers

This workshop is available at a discounted rate of £49

There is up to €16,500 per year available for each school that participates in a EU funded school twinning programme. These projects generally include funded exchange visits that focus the projects aims and objectives. These objectives can fit well with your curriculum and extracurricular activities as well as enhancing your school’s provision for SMSC/PHSE/FBV.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your teachers to internationally collaborate with other teachers and enable pupil collaboration which can enrich learning and motivation of staff and pupils. Over 200,000 schools and over 600,000 school staff are already registered and using such programmes.

This workshop will:-

  • Introduce the school twinning programme
  • Outline the priority areas that attract funding
  • Go through the funding criteria
  • Highlight the national and international awards and quality labels that are available for EU school twinning programmes
  • Give examples of successful twinning projects
  • Describe the E-twinning online platform which is a safe space for staff and students to communicate and record the twinning activities
    (if time permits, this will be accompanied by a practical online demonstration and participants will have the opportunity to register on E-twinning platforms and start using it themselves)

The workshop leader is coordinator for one such twinning programme involving schools from 4 countries and has information about 2 twinning projects that are currently looking for partner schools in the UK.   The workshop will also describe these projects to participants and show participant how to find other twinning projects or create a twinning project of their own and find partner schools for their project.

Shakil Ahmed is the founder and Principal of Ayesha Community School. He has substantial leadership experience in independent school sector covering a period of 13 years.  The school received an Ofsted overall grade of ‘Good’ in July 2018, with and Outstanding grade for Personal Development, behaviour and welfare. Shakil also serves on the Shura Council of AMS UK, supporting aspects of school development in the South Hub.



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Throughout the day, there will be opportunities for delegates to view and access school resources from service providers in and around the educational sector. Representatives from these providers will be on hand to talk you through the benefits of these products and services so you can see the opportunities available to your school first-hand.

The AMS School Leadership Conference is the largest annual gathering of Muslim school leaders in the UK and provides a great opportunity for businesses, charities and other organisations to promote their products and services to the sector.

Organisations who will be participating at the School Leadership Conference are listed below. Please click on a logo to find out more.

If you would like to exhibit at this event, please click here to download a booking form



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The School Leadership Conference will be offering an on-site crèche facility for parents with young children at a cost of £20 per child for the day. This service is dependent on the demand received – please click here for more information and to book.


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To book tickets for this event, please use the form below and click on ‘Submit Booking’. Please make a note of the workshop options of each delegate when booking.


  • Bookings are only confirmed when AMS has received a booking form and payment.
  • Early bird and group discounts only apply when payment has been received before the deadline.
  • All workshops have a limited capacity – once reached, no further bookings can be taken for that workshop. If, on the day, spaces become available due to cancellations, delegates may request to attend this workshop during registration.
  • Member discounts apply to schools who have paid their subscription for AMS membership and have no outstanding payments due. For more information about membership please click here.
  • Organisations who are not eligible for AMS membership (i.e. not a registered full-time day school with an Islamic ethos) can purchase a Service Pack and attend AMS events at member rates as well as enjoy a host of other benefits. Alternatively, you may attend the event as a non-member.


  • Bookings cancelled 29 days or more before the event date will be refunded in full.
  • Bookings cancelled 15 to 28 days before the event date will be refunded minus a £10.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 8 to 14 days before the event date be refunded minus a £20.00 charge per ticket to cover administration costs.
  • Bookings cancelled 7 days or less before the event date will not be refunded.
  • In the event workshops are cancelled, AMS will refund the full amount.



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