U.K Department of Trade and Industry hosted International and Private School Education Forum (IPSEF) in London on November 2011. The past decade has seen a continuous increase in the number of international schools such as Canadian International School Bangalore. With this increase, the need to address several issues associated with establishing and developing these schools has become very important. IPSEF, a global conference, was organised to provide an interactive platform for participants from business, government, and educational sectors. Various keynote presentations, networking receptions, workshops, and round tables, held over the two days, facilitate knowledge sharing, and provide opportunity for stakeholders to share present current trends and concerns.
A diverse group of participants including investors, financers, government representatives, advisers, and international educational groups attended the event. Major concerns and challenges in establishing international schools in different countries were aired and discussed. Some of the main topics which were covered include the global growth of international school market, and suitable locations and strategies for setting up successful international schools. The growth trend of international schools was found to exceed 5% every year and this trend was expected to continue in the coming years. The emerging international school market in Far East and Latin America were considered to provide numerous opportunities for investors, while, the existing market in India and China were expected to take a downward plunge.
Some of the other topics which were addressed include staff recruitment, crisis management, training and curriculum development. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes, and staff selection processes were given paramount importance. Several crisis management strategies and various crisis situations were analysed and discussed. Emphasis was placed on risk assessment and preparedness for different situations.
This two day conference provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to form effective partnerships. The international education practitioners and experts gained a keen insight on strategies to address various aspects involved in managing international schools.