Inclusion in the United Arab Emirates

The KHDA has provided schools with frameworks and guidelines to help us support Students of Determination on their journey.

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Dunecrest Statement of Inclusion

At Dunecrest American school the vision for inclusion pervades all elements of school life. The school operates an inclusive admission policy that encourages applications from students of determination and those students requiring additional support. The school currently provides for a broad range of need. Students of determination are represented across all phases of the school. The school has a strong culture of inclusion which is in line with the ethos of all Esol Education schools in other countries in which the organization operates in the world.

 Specialist staff are in place to directly support students of determination and those students requiring additional educational accommodations.   The staff within the School Support Services (SST) provide innovative professional development opportunities for class and specialist teachers to enable them to proficiently apply inclusive approaches to all age groups and phases across the school.

Leadership at all levels has embraced the Dunecrest vision for inclusion, from the commitment of governance and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) through to the appointment of staff who are committed to an inclusive culture of education. The school is committed to providing high levels of resourcing and the promotion of professional support to ensure that teachers regularly apply inclusive pedagogy.

Through the inclusion development plan and regular meetings that involve school governors, SLT and other relevant parties, the SST regularly reviews and improves provision. Through the use of specific assessments, the SST is able to identify individual student’s strengths, needs and abilities and subsequently provide guidance on the most successful accommodations to support access to the curriculum and enable these students to thrive in both their academic and personal development. The SST oversees the provision of intensive targeted support and specialist instruction that meet the needs of individual learners. This results in a detailed understanding of each student’s learning profile and successfully removing barriers to learning.    

If necessary an Individual Education Plan is created to identify needs, recommend teaching strategies and provide advice and support for parents for educating their child at home. Rigorous and systematic monitoring of academic and personal progress data demonstrates that the majority of students are exceeding expectations in their learning and development. Using accredited and universally recognized assessments, in these first three years of operation almost all students at Dunecrest consistently have achieved at or above their potential.

Regular meetings with parents and through the provision of verbal and written reports, parents are informed about the next steps in learning for their child. The SST is able to recommend additional specialist advice or support as and when it is deemed necessary to provide equitable educational opportunities. 

Through the creation of alternative curriculum pathways at phase four post 16 education, the school enables students to graduate from school having obtained recognized qualifications that enable them to access appropriate further education and training opportunities. These reflect their abilities, interests and aspirations.

Dunecrest Gifted & Talented Policies

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Gifted & Talented (G&T) scholars exhibit academic or creative abilities that are above the norm. These students perform in the top 10% of academic and intellectual assessments (CAT4 & MAP). According to Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli, a leader and pioneer in gifted education, the three main characteristics of a G&T students are:

  • Above average ability
  • Creativity
  • Task commitment

At Dunecrest American School, we are dedicated to supporting our most talented students with a framework to further pursue and develop their exceptional abilities. We also aim to apply the pedagogy of gifted education teaching strategies to all students. We do this by:

  • Developing a growth mindset culture
  • Universally installing differentiation in classrooms, grouping students based on their abilities, providing G&T students with more challenging content, extended learning and opportunities to participate in external competitions 
  • Providing extra-curricular activities and challenges suited to G&T students including leadership opportunities such as TedX, Student Council and Model UN (MUN) as well as technology extensions in areas such as coding, 3D modeling and graphic design
  • Creating opportunities for personal and social development through clubs aligned to student interests and service learning for character building. 

Our comprehensive identification process includes teacher nominations and a continual review of external assessments, student reports and student artifacts. We then work closely with G&T students and parents to set measurable academic, personal and social goals for the academic year. G&T specialists are then allocated to students within their divisions, where they gain a deeper insight into individual students and their interests. Regular check-ins ensure that progress is monitored and students are supported at all times.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Staff at Dunecrest is dedicated to support students in need of further improvement of their English language capabilities throughout the Elementary, Middle and High schools. This is accomplished through a wide variety of departmental activities designed to directly assist students or indirectly through INSET of other departmental staff.  ELL departmental staff members are expected to facilitate language acquisition using methodology encouraging student fulfillment of the Common Core and IBDP curriculum. 

Meet our Team

We are proud to have a team of professional and qualified educators that support our Inclusion, Gifted & Talented and ELL students, championing the needs of every individual, to help them develop to their fullest potential. Click the tabs below to learn more about our team members: