For Parents: What do I need to know about Inclusion in Dubai?

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For Parents: What do I need to know about Inclusion in Dubai?

Programme Overview

How to navigate the systems and ensure that your children receive quality provision and achieve their potential.
Delivery Model Online
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable)
  • AED 660 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • If you would like bespoke in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date:

Wednesday 12th April 2023

Date of Training

Tuesday 2nd May, Tuesday 9th May, Tuesday 16th May & Tuesday 23rd May 2023


1:00pm to 2:00pm (UAE Time)

Platform Zoom

Target audience

Parents who have an interest in students with additional needs, whether they are already identified with a need, or on their journey. Parents who wish to understand the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework.

Aims of the course

A dedicated Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course, tailored to parents who have children in schools in the United Arab Emirates.

Learn how to navigate the systems and ensure that your children receive quality provision and achieve their potential.

Intended outcomes
  • Boost the confidence of parents when supporting children with additional needs

  • Provide an overview of inclusion in Dubai

  • Provide basic strategies to support children at home

  • Ensure that parents have knowledge of terminology and acronyms to demystify inclusion and support better outcomes for children

Louise Dawson

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Louise Dawson is an independent consultant, supporting schools, and organisations, with Inclusion and School Improvement across the Middle East. Louise has worked in Dubai for 10 years and Hong Kong for 8. Previously with Kings' School Al Barsha, Wellington International School, and Jumeirah College, she is well placed to understand not only education and the inspection frameworks but also additional needs from identification, through support and to evidencing progress; as well as understanding the unique inclusion journey that the UAE has been on. Louise is a very rare specialist in direct 'hands on' support, senior leadership and currently serves voluntarily as Inclusion Governor for four schools. Louise writes & delivers training through her website and Infinite Learning. She works closely with Inclusion Expert to bring quality training opportunities to the Middle East. Louise is Co-Founder of the International Forums of Inclusion Practitioners and speaks frequently across many education platforms such as GESS, Outstanding Schools, Optimus Education and the Inclusion and Wellbeing MENA. The Global Inclusive Teaching Initiative (GITI) was launched in 2022. GITA, a programme of online differentiation training, written by Daniel Sobel, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Helena Wallberg, Abigail Gray and Louise is currently being trialled across the world. Louise has hosted three sessions for WhatWorksX with KHDA. Louise is also an advocate of assistive technology and works closely with tech companies to bring software to the Middle East such as Texthelp, Crick Software, IDL and Netsupport. Louise signposts local companies who had solid reputations and results, as well as products and services from other countries.

Programme details: 

The Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017) and subsequent documentation places parents and students at the heart of provision for inclusion,in the education system.


It states that schools should:

•actively engage families, parents, caregivers and other relevant stakeholders, such as community and social workers and medical professionals, to share responsibility for the education of students who experience SEND

•encourage and support parent/family participation in the education process and ensure that they have every opportunity to contribute to student success

•ensure that parents of children who experience SEND, and where appropriate the children themselves, play a central part in the development of the IEP and related programme design


Parents find this daunting and are often left bewildered by the conversation and journey. These sessions will support parents to be actively engaged in their child’s learning and engage meaningfully and constructively with schools.


Session 1 History of Inclusion in Dubai and Beyond
5pm to 6pm History of inclusion, Identification, graduated support, professional and school support, school staff and their roles, social model -v-medical model. Questions and Answers.


Session 2 Documentation
5pm to 6pm Learner Profiles, acronyms, IEPs, ISAs, LSA, rules and rights, terminology, what should you expect. Questions and Answers.


Session 3 Choosinga School & Working Together
5pm to 6pm Advocating for your child, whilst maintaining positive relationships and supporting your child’s journey from home.Questions and Answers.


Session 4 The Next Chapter?  
5pm to 6pm Who can have Arabic exemption, what are external therapists and how do they work with schools?How can you support your child’s learning, questions you should ask and tips for structures at home to support academic progress?


Louise Dawson
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