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Abu Dhabi School ADEK Inspections: How Did Schools Perform?
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Abu Dhabi School ADEK Inspections: How Did Schools Perform?

by Lis ONealFebruary 13, 2018

ADEK (Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge Department) issued the first batch of inspection results for the 2017-18 academic year during the first week of February. Unlike Dubai, where inspections take place on an annual basis, ADEK usually inspects schools every 2 years. In the first tranche, 48 schools were inspected of the ADEK inspections for 2018-19.

22 schools retained their ratings from the previous inspection round of ADEK inspections in 2015-16 – with 1 remaining Very Weak, 4 Weak, 10 Acceptable, 3 Good, 3 Very Good (Al Ain International School, GEMS American Academy and British International School Abu Dhabi – BISAD)  and 1 (Al Muna Academy) maintaining its Outstanding rating. The performance, and therefore ratings, of 3 schools has, says ADEK, declined – these were Abu Dhabi Indian School, and the two Choueifat branches in Abu Dhabi and Rowais.

The main areas of focus for Abu Dhabi Indian School relates to the provision of Arabic, meeting the learning needs of all students, including those with SEN, high achievers and the gifted and talented (G&T), improving school self-evaluation so that it supports the identification of realistic and achievable improvement targets, and benchmarking students’ achievement against international standards.

Analysis of the latest ADEK inspection results below the table.

 

2017/2018
School Name Inspection start date Inspection end date Adek Overall 2017/2018 Rating Last Overall Rating School Fees Minimum (AED) School Fees Maximum (AED) Batch Published Date
Abu Dhabi Indian Private School 02/10/2017 05/10/2017 Acceptable Good 7150 14414 04/02/2018
Adnoc School, Madinat Zayed 06/11/2017 09/11/2017 Weak Weak 20900 37400 04/02/2018
Ain AlKhaleej Private School 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 6050 14150 04/02/2018
Al Ain English Speaking School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 20500 41000 04/02/2018
Al Ain International Private School 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Very Good Very Good 39600 57330 04/02/2018
Al Awa’il Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 5500 11000 04/02/2018
Al Bhaya Private School 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Good Acceptable 16100 17300 04/02/2018
Al Ettehad Private School 26/10/2017 29/10/2017 Very Weak Very Weak 2100 3000 04/02/2018
Al Hamdanya Grand Private School 15/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 6891 11,275 04/02/2018
Al Iman Private School 13/11/2017 16/11/2017 Acceptable Weak 6,000 12,000 04/02/2018
Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain 30/10/2017 02/11/2017 Good Acceptable 16,600 30,800 04/02/2018
Al Maali International Private School 30/10/2017 02/11/2017 Weak Very Weak 8,400 15,000 04/02/2018
Al Muna Primary School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Outstanding Outstanding 41580 41580 04/02/2018
Al Najah Private School 02/10/2017 05/10/2017 Good Acceptable 13500 35000 04/02/2018
Al Nash’e Assaleh Private School  n/a  n/a Good Good  7000  18000 04/02/2018
Ashbal Al Quds Private School 02/10/2017 05/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 8100 16100 04/02/2018
Asian International Private School 13/11/2017 16/11/2017 Good Weak 3800 12100 04/02/2018
Baream Al Ain Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 6425 6425 04/02/2018
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 5100 9100 04/02/2018
(Choueifat) International Private School Rowais 06/11/2017 09/11/2017 Acceptable Good 17900 25000 04/02/2018
Creative British School 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Good Acceptable 7000 18000 04/02/2018
Dar Al Huda International Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Weak Weak 4200 8700 04/02/2018
Dar Al Uloom Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 4100 7900 04/02/2018
Emirates Falcon International Private School 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 20000 27500 04/02/2018
Emirates Future International Academy 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 7800 14600 04/02/2018
Emirates National AlNayhan 06/11/2017 09/11/2017 Acceptable Weak 34150 55920 04/02/2018
Emirates National School Manaseer 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 23330 32260 04/02/2018
Future International Academy 06/11/2017 09/11/2017 Acceptable Weak 11395 24205 04/02/2018
Gems American Academy 30/10/2017 02/11/2017 Very Good Very Good 50300 70100 04/02/2018
Ibn Khaldoun Islamic School 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 3200 9400 04/02/2018
Indian Private School Al Ain 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Good Weak 4200 9200 04/02/2018
International Community School 13/11/2017 16/11/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 21750 50831 04/02/2018
International Jubilee Private School 23/10/2017 26/10/2017 Good Acceptable 12200 26600 04/02/2018
Islamia English High School 02/10/2017 05/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 6900 14100 04/02/2018
Liwa International Private School 30/10/2017 02/11/2017 Good Good 16200 29300 04/02/2018
Pakistani Islamic Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Weak Very Weak 2900 5500 04/02/2018
Palestine Private Academy 06/10/2017 09/10/2017 Weak Very Weak 2400 6900 04/02/2018
Scientific Distinction Private School 02/10/2017 04/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 7500 10700 04/02/2018
Tawaam Model Private School 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Acceptable Weak 6000 14200 04/02/2018
The British International School of Abu Dhabi 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Very Good Very Good 50300 66400 04/02/2018
The Cambridge High School 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Good Good 14500 30700 04/02/2018
The International School of Choueifat Abu Dhabi 09/10/2017 12/10/2017 Acceptable Good 19600 34600 04/02/2018
The Iranian School 23/10/2017 14/10/2017 Weak Weak 3600 4560 04/02/2018
Theodore Monod 13/11/2017 16/11/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 19100 22700 04/02/2018
United School of Bani Yas Private School 16/10/2017 18/10/2017 Acceptable Very Weak 14000 20000 04/02/2018
Universal Private School 15/10/2017 19/10/2017 Weak Weak 4800 15000 04/02/2018
Yas Academy Private School 16/10/2017 19/10/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 4000 8600 04/02/2018
Zakher Private School 30/10/2017 02/11/2017 Acceptable Acceptable 4900 11200 04/02/2018

 

For Choueifat School, Abu Dhabi, inspectors rated the areas of Achievement, teaching and assessment and curriculum design as Acceptable. They recommend that there should be a focus on increasing levels of support and challenge in lessons so all children make progress, and broadening the range of teaching strategies to support younger children with their learning. In the Rowais School, the findings were very similar, with Achievement, Teaching and Assessment rated Acceptable. There is a need to focus on improving achievement across all subjects, and especially Arabic medium subjects, and improving students’ learning skills, particularly independent working and innovation skills.

Among the remaining 25 schools whose ratings improved, Al Maali International Private School, Pakistani Islamic Private School and Palestine Private Academy improved their ratings from Very Weak to Weak.

Ain AlKhaleej Private School, Al Ain English Speaking School, Al Awa’il Private School, Al Iman Private School, Baream Al Ain Private School, Dar Al Uloom Private School, Emirates Future International Academy, Emirates National School AlNayhan, Future International Academy, Ibn Khaldoun Islamic School, Scientific Distinction Private School, Tawaam Model Private School and United School of Bani Yas Private School improved their ratings from Weak to Acceptable.

Asian International Private School and the Indian Private School Al Ain outperformed others by improving their rating from Weak to Good – moving 2 rating grades, which is a significant achievement.

Al Bhaya Private School, Al Ittihad National Private School Al Ain, Al Najah Private School, Creative British School and International Jubilee Private School also improved their ratings, moving from Acceptable to Good.

No schools were able to improve their rating to either Very Good or Outstanding.

Whilst ADEK will no doubt be pleased to see standards improving, one school is still rated Very Weak (Al Ettehad Private School) and 7 schools from this first tranche of inspected schools are still rated Weak.  This represents 15% of the schools inspected. 26 schools are rated Acceptable. This represents 54% of schools in this tranche – a significant number, given the ambition that all schools should be rated Good or above.

It will be interesting to see what the next round of inspections brings in terms of progress.

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