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May 21, 2017

The 10 New Dubai Schools Coming in 2017-18

The KHDA has announced a list of 10 new schools expected to open for the 2017-18 academic year – meaning more choice for parents. The majority of the schools will offer UK curriculum (in some cases with the IB Diploma programme at Sixth Form), although there will also be a new IB curriculum through-school, 2 new Indian curriculum schools, one French, one Canadian and one American. DEWA will be opening a Sixth Form Academy offering UK curriculum/BTEC qualifications.

Our own SchoolsCompared.com reviews are in preparation and will follow shortly. Details of all the schools can be found in our table below  – click on the name for further details.

 

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May 18, 2017

KHDA Inspection Reports 2017 – Best Newly Inspected Schools

In the latest round of KHDA inspections, 11 schools were inspected for the first time. Their results showed that the majority – 6 schools – were rated “Good” – meeting the level expected by the KHDA, and above the minimum requirement of Acceptable. These were GEMS Firstpoint , Kings Nad Al Sheba, Kings Al Barsha,  Nord Anglia International School, Safa Community School and Sunmarke School.

This rating has significant implications for the new schools and their owners, since schools are not permitted to expand or open new branches with a rating of less than Good. Although there is no rule to prevent it, no new school has ever achieved higher than a Good [...]

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May 17, 2017

Post 16 Education – The Best Sixth Forms, High Schools in Dubai, KHDA 2017

Post 16 Education – the background to the SchoolsCompared Best Sixth Form and High Schools in Dubai for 2017

In this, the latest of our Post 16 Education Guides series, we look at the very best schools for 16+ provision in Dubai in 2017-18– and across every syllabus and curricular.

Our Guide has been specifically aligned with the publication by the KHDA of its latest school inspection reports in May 2017.

Almost all of the schools following have secured KHDA Outstanding or Very Good school status in 2017, and all achieve justifiable acclaim for their post-16 provision. The exception is a very special class of new schools that have been rated Good by the KHDA on their [...]

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May 17, 2017

KHDA Inspection Reports 2017: What’s Up, Down, Outstanding, And Weak? Plus Your New School Fees

The much-awaited KHDA Inspection reports are published today and parents will be able to go on-line to check full details of how their child’s school has performed.  But more importantly perhaps, they can see whether their current school has been outperformed by other schools they may be considering for their children.

 

Background

A total of 159 (of 185) private schools, who educate over 263,000 students, were inspected in the current academic year. The reports published today are for the non-Indian and Pakistani curriculum schools (whose reports were published in March). The latest reports include 11 schools being inspected for the first time (who between them [...]

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May 16, 2017

KHDA School Inspections, What to Expect, Plus 2017/18 Fee Impact

The annual KHDA inspection reports are due out this week. SchoolsCompared.com has been keeping its ear to the ground so that we can give you advance notice of what we expect to see.

 

What to expect

All Dubai schools – other than those rated Outstanding in the last round of inspections –  have again been inspected in the 2016-17 academic year. The Outstanding schools have been permitted to self-evaluate this year and to work with schools in needs of support to coach them through the self-evaluation process.  Indian school Inspection reports were released in March; the latest round are for the other curricula – mainly UK, US, IB and a range of non-Asian [...]

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May 13, 2017

How to Read KHDA Reports to Discover the Best School For You

The annual KHDA inspection reports are expected to be released in mid-May.  Almost all schools that have been operational for more than two years will have been through an inspection during the current academic year, and the release of the reports is the culmination of that process. Our guide provides you with the key information about what the inspectors are looking for, what this means for schools in terms of their internal organisation, development and planning and how these requirements will directly impact you and your child.

The key findings of this guide are that the latest round of reports are more closely tied to how well a school is delivering academically – measured [...]

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May 1, 2017

Getting into a Top UK University – a How To Guide

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Leaving school – the big questions

Of all the questions facing young men and women in schools across the emirates thinking about their eventual leaving school and seeking a route into Higher education rather than Industry, the most pressing are likely to be

Which university should I apply for? How do I secure my place? Will I be able to afford the fees?

Too often these questions are thought about towards graduation, when in most cases it is simply far too late. Ideally, getting a grip on these and related questions needs to be started as early as possible.

That means, in practice, choosing a school for the critical period between 16 and 18 that has [...]

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April 20, 2017

Best Schools for Sport in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Our Guide to the best leagues and competitions for schools showed which competitive sports are the most popular among UAE schools and how schools across a range of curricula perform against each other in the most popular sports. Our list of  best schools for competitive sports has been arrived at based on their league and competition results, the range of sports offered and the evident commitment by these schools to see their students perform not only academically, but across the numerous sports they offer. The range of sport on offer across the different leagues is significant but makes it hard to determine which schools offer the best opportunities for competitive sport, with [...]
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April 20, 2017

Best Leagues, Competitions for School Sports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

In a country with relatively small numbers of students compared with more established countries, there seems to be a perception that the range of available sports and quality of sports coaching in schools – particularly for competitive sports – is limited.

Our research shows that this is very much NOT the case, although inter-school competition for outdoor ball sports is more limited in some curricula than others.

ALSO SEE: The best schools in the UAE for Sport

Whilst competitive sports is absolutely integral to the curriculum of most UK, US and IB curriculum schools, it seems to be less so among other curricula.  In particular, many Asian schools offer some [...]

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April 11, 2017

My Child Did Not Get a School Place. What Can I Do?

After all the research and preparation, culminating in the application and, perhaps, assessment, hopefully, you will receive an offer from your preferred school. It can be enormously disappointing for both you and your child, after all this effort, if you do not then receive the anticipated Acceptance letter.  If you are among the disappointed parents, there are still some proactive steps you can take, which will at least enable you and your child to understand why s/he was not successful.

Firstly, you are entitled to ask on what grounds no offer was made. Often there will have been siblings or other priority groups who have been offered places ahead of your child. Sometimes, it is a [...]

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April 10, 2017

Application and Assessment – What Happens Next?

You’ve completed your research, determined which is the right curriculum and right school for your child, and now it’s time to take the next step.

Whilst many schools will not permit you to apply until the academic year prior to the one you are seeking, some schools do still accept applications two or more years ahead. It is therefore important to check with your short-listed schools what time-lines apply.

Once you have narrowed down your schooling options, we would generally advise you to apply to at least 2 and possibly 3 schools, unless you can be certain (through discussion with the School Admissions team) that places are available for your child at your [...]

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April 6, 2017

Choosing a school – What Makes A School The Right One for my Child?

To some extent, choosing your child’s school is not dissimilar to choosing a home.  In this case, you will probably want to consider location, budget, facilities and perhaps, the reputation of the developer.  You may want a particular style of home. You will probably identify several options and have a check-list of requirements in mind before you arrange a viewing.

Often, the home seems to meet your needs, but when you visit it, somehow it just doesn’t fit…And then, eventually, you find the one that is somehow…just right. This is often a more emotional decision than purely a practical one.

In choosing a school, you will probably also go [...]

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April 3, 2017

Moving to the UAE With Children: Rules and Regulations You Should Know

If you are planning to relocate from overseas to the UAE, this guide will provide you with the basic information you need.

Schools in the UAE are governed by a UAE-wide authority – the Ministry of Education – and regulators based in, and responsible for schools in, each emirate. Although there is officially a standard set of rules and regulations covering the registration process for the UAE, there are variations between emirates and we would always recommend that you confirm information with the relevant Admissions staff at the schools you contact.

Children are legally required to be in school in the UAE during the academic year in which they turn 6 (5+ years on [...]

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April 2, 2017

The School Visit Checklist – What You Need to Look For…

This checklist provides a summary of the main impressions we think you will want to take away from a school visit. Many of the questions will be covered as you tour the school. Some will require you to ask if the Tour leader does not provide the information. Some questions may not be relevant to you.

You may find a printable version here

We suggest you use the checklist to add your personal impressions to the school comparisons that you make on SchoolsCompared.com.

 

Name of school Location Fees Inspection rating Accreditation Number of students attending the school Total capacity of the school Number of students per [...]
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March 30, 2017

The Choice between New and Established Schools

In recent years, a significant number of new schools have opened – particularly in Dubai – to meet the increasing demand from families relocating to the UAE and the desire of Emirati families to place their children in international schools. This trend is now being seen in the other Emirates. Whilst a welcome relief for parents who have struggled to find places for their children in the past, there is often some concern as to whether these new schools can match up to the more established ones.

The good news is that owners and operators of all new schools go through a rigorous application process to prove their suitability prior to receiving approval to [...]

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March 29, 2017

UAE School Accreditation: What To Look For, and Why?

Nowadays, schools in the UAE go through a rigorous process with the Regulator in each Emirate (ADEC – the Abu Dhabi Education Council in Abu Dhabi, KHDA – the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai and Ajman, and the relevant Education Zone in the other Emirates), and in accordance with the UAE Ministry of Education, prior to receiving approval to open.

This ensures that the school owners, managers and staff are able to deliver the school itself, the curriculum and that the latter meets international requirements to enable access to university or college.

However, in the past there was not quite the same degree of oversight. Schools opened who stated that [...]

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March 28, 2017

When Can My Child Start School?

Choosing and sending your child off to school for the first time, or to a new school, is likely to be one of the most emotionally challenging and nerve-wracking decisions that any parent makes. After all, you are choosing what you hope will be the best school, the best education and the best future for your child, often based on a fairly subjective decision.

Our SchoolsCompared.com Guide, of which this is the first in a series about choosing and applying to schools in the UAE, is designed to assist you through this process.

Schools in the UAE operate to two distinct Academic calendars. There is supposed to be a unified calendar that applies to all schools throughout the [...]

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March 27, 2017

When Do I Start to Look for a School?

You think that point has arrived where you know that finding a school for your child is their next step towards starting them on the long (and expensive road) to their education. Given the commitment that you are making to your child (and potentially from your pocket), it’s important to get this right.

Historically, some especially anxious parents would try to register their new-borns at their preferred school within days of their birth.

That is no longer the case.

As more and more schools have introduced automated Admissions systems, and as they have got to grips with the long waiting-lists that needed to be updated on a regular basis, so the norm has tended to [...]

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March 27, 2017

Which School Curriculum Should I Choose?

Curriculum choice is one of the factors that seems to cause more hardship and confusion for parents than most others related to choice of school! In reality, when children start school at the age of 3 or 4, there is very little difference between what takes place in a UK curriculum Foundation classroom versus a US curriculum, IB curriculum or Indian curriculum school at this level.

The first year of school is very much about children learning to adapt to the “big school” environment, learning to socialise, to cooperate, and work together, about refining fine and gross motor skills and so on. It is definitely not the norm for children to spend long periods sitting on chairs at [...]

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March 23, 2017

Changing Schools, Curriculum in the UAE – Can I?

Irrespective of which curriculum you may choose for your child at the outset of their academic career, it is not unusual for parents to consider a change of curriculum at some stage, perhaps due to change of location, circumstances or because their child’s experience of the current curriculum may not be as satisfactory as wished for. There are definite times and options which work best for this situation.

Often parents place their child/ren in school and choose a curriculum which serves them well for their entire school career.  The choice of curriculum will be guided most likely by future plans for your child’s education.

Although reputable schools and universities [...]

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