Kings’ Education's founding school is celebrating another education milestone with an ‘Outstanding’ Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) inspection ranking for the 10th consecutive year.
15 May 2018| Last updated on 17 May 2018
The founding school in the Dubai-headquartered Kings’ Education portfolio of British curriculum campuses, Kings’ School Dubai first opened its doors in 2004 and was one of the first schools in the emirate to be awarded the highest possible KHDA ranking when the inspections system was launched in 2008/9.
The school’s leadership team is not resting on a decade of ‘Outstanding’ laurels, with the focus for 2018/9 on further developing Arabic language capabilities and performance for both native and non-native speakers. The team has already ploughed considerable time and resources into reviewing the delivery and teaching of Arabic and how its Arabic language team members deliver lessons in a way that matches the rest of the curriculum, and which children are familiar with.
“As educators, we are never satisfied. What we’re really focusing on now is transferring some of the key teaching practices used in English or literacy learning to our Arabic classes,” says Bede Higgins, principal, Kings’ School Dubai.
“This includes such things as ‘talk for writing’ where children verbally generate ideas in order to produce a piece of written work, or a ‘shared write’ where the class collectively contribute to build and write a story together. Our children are used to doing this in English, so when we transfer some of these skills across to Arabic, we should see well structured, higher quality pieces of writing. Equally by applying early reading techniques including phonics to our Arabic lessons, reading will also improve," he adds.
In 2017, Kings’ School Dubai participated in the KHDA Abundance Group Project, with the team lending its expertise to support another local, non-Kings’, school and Mohamed Ali Mohamed, the school’s head of Arabic has also been spearheading an Action Research Project on phonics with the KHDA.
According to Higgins, Kings' School Dubai is “a 'happy school' for children to attend and a rewarding place to work as an adult, which is reflected in the very low staff turnover and retention of staff over a number of years.
“What is important for us to communicate is that once your child is in a Kings’ school, then you have a place with us right through to the end of secondary education, and with secondary school places often challenging to secure, this is one definite advantage of a Kings’ education.”