Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

Mandatory inspections set for Dubai's schools

Private schools in Dubai say they are well prepared for mandatory inspections as they open their doors to scrutiny, some for the first time.

Private schools in Dubai say they are well prepared for mandatory inspections as they open their doors to scrutiny, some for the first time. The Dubai Schools Inspections Bureau will start visits within a fortnight. Outline results of each school's report will be made available for parents to read. The inspections by the bureau, part of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, will cover academic progress, personal and social development, teaching and curriculum standards, school security and leadership.

Both public and private schools are being assessed, with each inspection lasting between three and five days. Peter Daly, the head teacher of Dubai English Speaking College, where inspections begin on Oct 13, said schools "should always be in a state of readiness" for inspections. "You cannot just rush round at the last minute. You should have ongoing self-evaluation. It shouldn't happen that you create policies just before [an inspection]. That's not what they're interested in," he said.

Mr Daly, who has worked as an inspector with Britain's Office for Standards in Education, said schools should not "have to do much extra" to prepare for the inspectors. "Most things should be in place. It's a matter of giving them the things you think they need to know," he said. "We observe our staff, we keep records and feed it back to them throughout the year." Graham Penson, a spokesman for Dubai College, where inspections start next week, said a "very thorough" pre-inspection visit showed the school what the inspectors were going to look at.

"People are making sure that what the inspectors have indicated they're going to be looking at specifically, that these things are in place," he said. "We're trying to make the procedure as easy and as positive for us as possible. There's been an element of preparation, about ensuring that paperwork is in place, but that's always there. It's just making sure it's available for them to inspect." The team of inspectors will meet teachers, students and parents, observe classes and require schools to create action plans to introduce improvements.

Schools will not be ranked but summaries of inspection reports will be made available on the KHDA's website and the schools' websites. dbardsley@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 A still from the 27-second black-and-white video that was taken using a satellite owned and operated by Skybox Imaging.

Burj Khalifa stars in HD video from space

A 27-second black and white video of a plane flying over Dubai's skyscrapers captures the imagination of some.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 JP Duminy played a cameo knock of 52 not out from 35 balls to tip the game in Delhi Daredevils' favour. Pawan Singh / The National

Kolkata Knight Riders lose way as Duminy sizzles for Delhi Daredevils

JP Duminy keeps his head as cameo at the death helps swing it in Delhi's favour in Dubai after captain Karthik plays the anchor role.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National