New schools in Dubai to have agenda for innovation

As a parent, finding the right school for your child was the first of many important decisions you needed to make.

So, when it comes to that all-important first day of school, it’s perfectly understandable to have concerns and worries - but beware these can be transferable! Being worried is normal because your child starting “big school”

Innovation evaluation

In line with Shaikh Mansour’s announcement, school-governing bodies will use innovation as a criterion to evaluate the performance of Dubai schools.

“Innovation is evaluated by inspection teams in terms of student outcomes (for example creative thinking and enterprise), teaching methods and the way each curriculum is designed and modified,” said Fatma Belrehif, Director of Dubai School Inspection Board. “More emphasis will be placed on the framework in the forthcoming inspection cycle.”

Speaking at the ‘topping out ceremony’ on the site of the brand new branch of the Dubai British School in Jumeirah Park (DBSJP) on Monday, principal Heather Mann said new teachers will be trained in advanced teaching strategies that encourage innovation among students, and stringent recruitment processes will be followed, as teachers hired will be of the “highest calibre”.

With 70 per cent of the construction complete, the DBSJP is the latest initiative from Taaleem, the UAE’s second largest education provider, and will open in September.

The 28,500-sqm school is being built at an estimated cost of Dh180 million and will provide learning spaces and a 500-seater performing arts theatre. The school can accommodate 1,625 students.

The British curriculum school will open for primary grades 1 to 6 in September at an annual fee structure of Dh65,000.

Ros Marshall, CEO of Taaleem, said: “The sister concern of DBSJP, the Dubai British School in the Springs, has been open now for 10 years (and) is at capacity and is very much in demand.”

The school’s principal said the recruitment process of teachers has been completed and student registrations were opened in January. Mann said about 180 students have already submitted applications online.

Addressing the issue of competitive admissions into the Dubai British School in the Springs, Marshall said the nearby branch was opened to meet demands.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA); Abdulrahman Al Saleh, Chairman of Taaleem; and other officials attended the topping out ceremony.

By: Khaleejtimes


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