Welcome from the 
Chairman

BSME has had much to celebrate this year: we have witnessed unprecedented growth in membership, launched new services and tools to benefit you and we celebrated our largest Annual Conference to date. A successful Business Development Conference allowed us to map the course we wish our organisation to take in the coming months and years. Student Events has exhibited marked growth, with twice as many students accessing Events compared with last year and our digital footprint is stronger than ever.

Of course, we have also had a few wrinkles to iron out as the educational landscape in the UK changes. We have seen the shelving of BSO as BSME’s recognised accreditation framework from September 2017, as most schools in the region are no longer able to meet the new framework’s criteria. We will keep you updated with developments in this area as the Executive works hard to identify the most suitable way forward. As discussed at the Annual Conference, we were hard-hit by the downturn of the GB pound, leading membership to agree that paying of membership fees in USD would lend stability. More details regarding this will follow.

I am particularly grateful for the engagement of members, not only in taking up the services BSME provides, but for interesting and timely debates with the Executive Committee and Country Reps too - the very best example of leading from within. 

This edition of the BSME newsletter is filled with good practice, conference reports, updates from the region and the UK, to mention but a few. My hope is that it will spark a few ideas which will improve the outcomes and opportunities for BSME members and our students.

Sincere thanks to Olivia Roth, the BSME Team, the Executive Committee and BSME members for the outstanding work that is reflected in this newsletter and, indeed, for putting this document together - it's a worth a read...

Eddie Liptrot
Chairman

 
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Building BSME relationships with KHDA

With only a couple of months left of this academic year, we hope this newsletter reflects the dynamic nature of all that has gone before! The BSME Team has been busy building relationships with local government and we continue to lobby on our members’ behalf with organisation in the region, the UK and beyond.

In this edition, we bid farewell to our long-serving Country Representative from Kuwait, Anne Gurnett. Anne has provided an informative update about the state in Kuwait. Anne, thank you for your service and dedication to BSME! We wish you every success in your venture. Our British International School Award winners also feature in Updates - congratulations to all!

This edition also focuses a variety of views on the use of digital technology in our featured article: Good Practice in EdTech, from a well-balanced and evidence-based article written by Mike Lambert, Headmaster of Dubai College, to an example of good practice from Eddie Liptrot’s school, Dhahran Grammar School in Saudi Arabia, to mention but a few.

Events, CPD and Membership updates and reviews celebrate all our successes and provide useful information for members, while the Conference tab is a throw back to our largest Annual Conference to date! We would also like to thank each and every member who contributed to our Charity Event, raising £3200 for The Dream Society.
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On the 25-26 April, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Bett in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Councel (ADEC), returned to the Dusit Thani in Abu Dhabi for its second year.