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Inclusion in Dubai Schools for Parents

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Inclusion in Dubai Schools for Parents

3 Students
Programme Overview

A dedicated Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course, tailored to parents who have children in schools in the United Arab Emirates.  How to navigate the systems and ensure that your children receive quality provision and achieve their potential.

Inclusion for parents
Delivery ModelOnline Face to Face session
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 600 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for in-school bookings for groups of parents.
Deadline booking date
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Online live sessions
Monday 21st February 2022
Monday 28th February 2022
Monday 7th March 2022
Monday 14th March 2022

10:00am to 11:00am UAE time

Programme breakdown

  • Four 1-hour sessions over four week.
Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY 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

The course will provide you with meaningful ways to be engaged with your school, pastoral, wellbeing and inclusion teams.  What you can expect, why you can’t get that Arabic Exemption (and who can!), what to look for in a school, what questions to ask and what is a realistic expectation.  There will also be time to meet other parents and ask questions.

This course does not allow for questions specific to individual children/families and will not discuss school specific provisions.

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 parents and schools with Inclusion across the Middle East. Louise has worked in Dubai for 9 years and Hong Kong for 8. Previously with Jumeirah College, Kings' School Al Barsha, and Wellington International School she is well placed to understand the education system and has an in-depth knowledge of leading Inclusion within international private schools; as well as understanding the Inclusion journey that the UAE has been on. Louise 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, Co-leader of Inclusion Network ME, and speaks frequently across many education platforms including hosting two sessions with What Works for the KHDA. Prior to Dubai, Louise spent six years in mainstream and Special School in England.

Programme Context

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

Times are UAE 10:00am to 11:00am

Session 1:  History of Inclusion in Dubai and beyond   

  • 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   

  • Learner Profiles, acronyms, IEPs, ISAs, LSA, rules and rights, terminology, what should you expect. Questions and Answers.

Session 3:  Choosing a school and working together   

  • Advocating for your child, whilst maintaining positive relationships and supporting your child’s journey from home. Questions and Answers.

Session 4:  The next chapter?   

  • 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
4 hours