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Louise Dawson has been in Dubai for 8 years; 4 with GEMS Education and 4 with Kings’ School Al Barsha. Working her way from Secondary teacher to Secondary SENCo and on to leading inclusion from the ages of 3-18 Louise brings a wide range of experience and skill to the table, as well as depth of knowledge about UAE requirements. Kings’ was a new school which enabled development of the department from the ground upwards. She has created Policy and Procedure, strategically developed the team, identified students who need support, introduced intervention, exam access arrangements and led a team of 35 Specialists, Teachers and Support Assistants.
Prior to Jumeirah College, Louise spent three years at GEMS Wellington International School, and six years in mainstream and Special School in England. Prior to living in the UK, Louise spent eight years in Hong Kong.
Louise retrained to be a teacher after 20 years in business. Her interest in inclusion developed after her child was identified with a needs profile. Dissatisfied with support she became informed and retrained. With a degree in Education and SEND, and as a qualified teacher, she completed the UK National Accreditation of Special Education Need Co-ordination. Louise has experienced the highs and lows of parenting children with need, as well as the highs and lows of teaching students with barriers and leading a new school through inspection and parents through difficult times.
|09:00 am||What are barriers to learning?
History of SEND, Identification, graduated support, professional and school support, school staff and their roles, social model -v- medical model
Learner Profiles, IEPs, ISAs, LSA, rules and rights, terminology, what should you expect, what are good goals, how do you interpret professional reports.
|10.45 am||Supporting Progress & Learning from Home
Advocating for your child, whilst maintaining positive relationships and supporting your child’s journey from home.
|11.30 am||Questions and Answers|
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