In recent years, there has been a shift from a medical understanding to a social understanding in addressing disabilities. This shift opens up opportunities for promoting learning among students of determination by eliminating environmental barriers. In November 2017, KHDA introduced the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework to guide Dubai private schools and other educational institutes … Continue reading What is effective School Leadership for supporting Students of Determination in Dubai?
Children’s work is to play! Play is needed for healthy development. Research shows that 75% of brain development occurs after birth. Play helps with that development by stimulating the brain through the formation of connections between nerve cells. This process helps with the development of fine and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are actions … Continue reading Why is play important to early childhood development?
Language and literacy skill development begins at birth though everyday loving interactions with caregivers. Infants and young children hear and see words as caregivers read books, tell stories, sing songs and talk to one another. Caregivers – parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults guiding young children – play a very important role in preparing young … Continue reading What is Early Literacy?
A number of studies on early child development highlight the period from conception to age 8 as the foundational years of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Development of these factors in early childhood is simultaneous and interconnected, and highly influenced by the environment and people in the environment. For this reason, early childhood development … Continue reading What’s important about Early Childhood Development?
The Dubai Student Wellbeing Census 2017 revealed that 77% of Dubai’s private school students feel safe while in school. The numbers reported from this census show that close to half of Dubai’s private school student population enrolled in Grades 6-9 (Years 7-10) has been free from physical, social and cyber victimization at school. While this … Continue reading How do private schools in Dubai build empathy among students?
A sense of connectedness with others is a fundamental necessity for children which influences their sense of wellbeing. Important connections are formed through a sense of belonging with adults and peers at home, in school and the community. During middle childhood, peer relationships become very important. Children who feel cast out by their peers and … Continue reading How do relationships affect happiness of Dubai private school students?
In November 2017, the Dubai Student Wellbeing Census was rolled out at scale for the first time across 168 of Dubai’s private schools. It was a voluntary data collection, with schools encouraged to participate from Grade 6 through to Grade 9 (Year 7 through Year 10) students. A small cohort of Year 6 students from … Continue reading What contributes to positive student wellbeing in Dubai?
When my daughter was 5 years old, she would run up to me with wide arms waiting to hug me as I returned from work! It’s the most delightful memory I have of her. But, now she’s 16 years old and when I come home from work, she doesn’t even glance away from her phone … Continue reading Why should schools in Dubai focus on non-cognitive skills?
Parent engagement in schools refers to school staff working together with parents to support and improve students’ learning, development and health. Schools are responsible for engaging parents in meaningful ways. Parents are committed to actively support their children’s learning and development. A relationship between schools and parents helps to strengthen children’s learning and development at … Continue reading How do schools in Dubai engage parents?
The UAE needs to produce 10 Emiratis with vocational skills for every university graduate produced to achieve a sustainable and diversified knowledge-based economy. In order to achieve this target, the UAE has focused on building a national system to ensure quality technical vocational education and training (TVET) that prepares individuals for jobs that are based … Continue reading How do private schools in Dubai provide students with technical and vocational education and training (TVET)?