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Is your little one is finally ready to start nursery school?

Don’t fret, there are plenty of wonderful nursery schools available in Dubai to help you with this new transition in childhood. Expat Echo Dubai has compiled a list to help you on your way! (more…)

school bus 2015It is reported that Dubai is to get 200 new private schools.  27 of them by September 2016. The educational opportunities offered by Dubai’s private schools is growing.
By the end of the academic year 2015-2016, parents will benefit from more than 63,000 seats in 27 new private schools and by 2017 there will be more than 196 private schools in Dubai with a capacity to reach more than 341,000 students. Read more

hartland-international-school-dubaiHartland International School have recently appointed Martin Stephen, a world expert in Gifted and Talented education, as the Project Leader for the school’s “Gifted and Talented Education” Program.

Martin defines Gifted and Talented (nowadays more commonly known as the ‘more able’) as  “those who show significantly more ability in one or more areas than the average for the age cohort. Worldwide, countries vary in the percentage of children who fall in to this Read more

As a new arrival in Dubai or even as a seasoned expat having lived in Dubai for many years when it comes to choosing the right curriculum for your child it can be overwhelming as school and their curriculums have probably changed a lot since you were at school. So here is a brief explanation of the various international curriculums you will see on offer at schools in the UAE.

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world-bank-reportMost children in Dubai attend private schools because of the huge expatriate population and 15 different national curricula

After just five years, 51% of Dubai’s students are now in good and outstanding schools, compared to 30% percent five years ago

Better schools improve more easily than weaker ones trapped by lack of material or technical 

In the late 2000s, Dubai adopted (and adapted) recommendations made by a flagship report the World Bank had published on education in the Middle East and North Africa. Called the Road Not Traveled (2008), the thrust of the report was that better governance—most notably, accountability measures—could improve educational standards at the city’s growing number of private schools.

Largely because of the city’s diverse expatriate population, the share of students in private education increases at about 7–8 percent a year. The vast majority (88 per cent) are taught in one of about 160 private schools—different curricula including British, American, Pakistani, French and Japanese. More and more Emirati nationals are opting for private education. Read more

dyslexia-dubaiTrevor is a pre-schooler who can’t quite learn his letters, confuses his colours and shapes, and has difficulty learning nursery rhymes. Trevor becomes the primary school child who can’t match sounds to letters, misinterprets instructions, and has difficulty with word building. He enters middle school and has difficulty with reading comprehension, his written stories are brief with letter-sound confusions, and he shows difficulty with task completion.

Family members wonder… “Maybe Trevor just needs more practice.” “Maybe he will outgrow it.” “Maybe a different school or curriculum would make things easier.” Trevor tries, but it is not enough.

As Trevor experiences increased anxiety and frustration about schoolwork, so does the gap in his learning process. Trevor’s scenario spells HELP!

As we enter the new school year, there are children bursting with excitement to meet their new teachers, sorting their stationery, organizing their desks – ready for challenges. There is also another group of children, the Trevors, who feel anxious, resistant and very unsure by the thought of returning to school and climbing the next academic Everest. Read more

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