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07 July 2014
The work of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) continues to support the quality of education in Dubai and 2014-15 marks the seventh year of school inspections. This year’s enhancements to the inspection framework take account of the views of all stakeholders and reflect international best practice. They apply to established high performing schools as well as the new schools that are opening each year. The sections on assessment and improvement planning include a greater emphasis and on the UAE National Agenda in raising attainment in mathematics and science. Inspectors will assess how schools use the results of international tests to guide their development plans.
The education of students with disabilities/ special educational needs remains a key priority. As part of DSIB’s approach and expectations of inclusivity in schools, the handbook requires specific judgements to be made on provision and outcomes for students with disabilities/ special educational needs. Refinement to the way inspectors judge the outcomes for Early Years children, specifically those in the Kindergarten or Foundation Stages, are incorporated in the 2014-15 handbook. Inspectors will judge children’s academic and personal development using international criteria appropriate to their ages. There will also be separate reporting on attainment and progress in Early Years, highlighting key strengths and weaknesses, as well as in other phases of the school.
In addition, there will be an increased analysis of the impact of school leaders, including governors and owners, on the overall performance of the school.
For more information, please download the full handbook by clicking here.