Revealed: Abu Dhabi school inspection results - 2016-17August 30, 2017, 3:00 am GMT
The Abu Dhabi Education Council has released the results for the 2016/17 academic year, with nearly 100 schools facing results using the new unified school inspection framework that was introduced across the UAE in 2015.
A total of 85 private schools were inspected during the 2016/17 academic year.
Schools in Abu Dhabi are inspected once every 18 to 24 months (every other academic year).
Curriculum breakdown for the 85 schools included: 10 American curriculum schools, 19 British, 18 Ministry of Education, 14 Indian and eight schools under other curricula (such as Pakistani, French, IB schools, etc.). Two schools inspected this year also offer a combination of the American and British curriculum.
While no schools were rated Outstanding this year, under Band A (high performing), five schools were rated Very Good. These schools include Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, and the not-for-profit British School Al Khubairat all of which offer the British curriculum along with US curriculum American Community School of Abu Dhabi, and a French curriculum school Lycee Louis Massignon.
Twenty-six schools were rated Good. There are 41,127 students enrolled across the 31 Band A schools.
The results also show that the majority of schools rated this year 36 in all were rated Acceptable (Band B) by inspectors. There are 39,206 students enrolled in schools rated Acceptable. The majority of schools under this bracket offer the Ministry of Education curriculum, either by itself or in combination with the British or American curriculum.
Under Band C (schools in need of significant improvement), 17 schools with 11,299 students enrolled, were rated Weak or Very Weak.
In March 2017, ADEC announced a freeze on admissions at 26 of the low performing schools after repeated warnings to improve standards.
ADEC's executive director of Private Schools and Quality Assurance sector Hamad Al Dhaheri said the schools will not be allowed to register new students until they achieve "at least 'satisfcatory' performance levels" in the next inspection cycle.
As part of Irtiqa'a Inspection programme, ADEC provides schools with detailed feedback and reports that highlight the weaknesses in school performance. Schools are also required to provide improvement plans and performance development strategies.
The new inspection framework looks at six performance standards: student achievement; students' personal and social development and their innovation skills; teaching and assessment; curriculum; the protection, care, guidance, and support of students; and leadership and management.
ADEC SCHOOL INSPECTION RESULTS: 2016/17
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