Dubai Indian curriculum school inspection results revealedFebruary 9, 2017, 3:30 am GMT
The majority of students in Indian curriculum schools in Dubai attend an institution that is rated Good or better, the latest round of school inspection reports revealed.
Of the 30 Indian curriculum schools inspected in Dubai by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) during the 2016-17 inspection cycle, two were rated outstanding, three very good, 10 good, 11 acceptable and four were found to be weak. None of the Indian curriculum schools were rated as very weak.
This year's inspection findings indicate that 65% of students in Indian schools now attend schools that are rated good or better, compared to 45% when inspections started in 2009. Aditionally, more than 10,000 students joined good or better schools in 2016.
Inspection results at a glance:
Commenting on the findings, Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director general of Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority said: "We are continuing to see improvements in leadership in Indian curriculum schools which will have a significant impact as we work towards achieving UAE National Agenda goals. Moving forward, the schools will work together and collaborate by sharing expertise to enable a better quality of education for every student in Dubai."
DSIB executive director Fatma Belrehif added: "Over the last eight years of school inspection, we have seen greater improvements in schools that benefit from good leadership. Through our inspections, we will continue to focus on strong leadership, a positive culture, good teaching and rigorous assessment systems. We will do so because getting these things right is what leads to better outcomes for all students."
GEMS Modern Academy and the Indian High School continue to be rated Outstanding, while Delhi Private School, GEMS Our Own English High School and The Millennium School were rated Very Good.
GEMS Modern Academy principal Nargish Khambatta said: "This year, KHDA floated the idea of Outstanding and Very Good schools opting for the Abundance culture, which was more than welcome. We at GEMS Modern Academy have always nurtured a community of learners and continuously transformed ourselves over the years. The inspection results are the efforts of distributed leadership, where our staff takes the ownership of various projects that they head. The involvement of our students in the planning stages has boosted their leadership capability followed by the introduction of the Class Council system across the school which has further led to a more meaningful parent engagement including 'learning walks'.
"We will continue to strategically plan the achievement of the National Agenda targets for our school followed by enhancing the 21st century learning by integrating digital tools in learning and teaching."
While no schools have shown improvements in their grades, two schools did slip - Springdales School, which was rated Good during the 2015/16 cycle is now rated Acceptable, while Emirates English Speaking School, which had consistently been rated Acceptable from 2009-2016 has been rated Weak this year.
The UAE National Agenda is being given more and more importance during school inspections. The performance of students attending Indian curriculum schools has improved significantly in international assessments. In TIMSS 2015, Indian curriculum schools in Dubai have ranked as the highest performing curriculum in Grade 4 science, and second highest performing curriculum in Grade 4 mathematics.
The report also highlighted best practices amongst the best performing Indian curriculum schools. Key messages include training staff on interpreting and using the UAE National Agenda parameter results; modifying the curriculum to meet the requirements of TIMSS and PISA for all grade levels in content and skills; and planning for continuity and progression in National Agenda-relevant subject skills.
The top performing schools' leaders and teachers also analyse international benchmark assessment data and compare it to the school's internal data. They identify differences between these two sets of data and draw up detailed action plans which address key areas for improvement.
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