Leading and managing a SEND Department in the UAE – Part 1

  • Leading and managing a SEND Department in the UAE – Part 1

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LOUISE DAWSON

Louise Dawson is Head of Inclusion, GEMS Jumeirah College, Dubai. Louise has written and delivered training courses for Infinite Learning for four years. She works closely with Inclusion Expert in the UK, speaks frequently with the Middle East Inclusion Network and has led Inclusion What Works for KHDA. Louise has been in Dubai for 9 years; 5 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.

Louise Dawson is Head of Inclusion, GEMS Jumeirah College, Dubai. Louise has written and delivered training courses for Infinite Learning for four years. She works closely with Inclusion Expert in the UK, speaks frequently with the Middle East Inclusion Network and has led Inclusion What Works for KHDA. Louise has been in Dubai for 9 years; 5 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 Dubai Louise spent 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.

Programme Overview

 

Topic
Leading and Managing a SEND Department in the UAE
Delivery Model Two Live Zoom sessions
Cost
  • AED 945 per delegate including VAT
  • Deadline booking date:  Wednesday 24th March 2021
  • Discounts available for group school bookings of five or more delegates

 

Dates & Times*
Face to Face Online sessions 6-hour programme breakdown
All F2F sessions will take place at 3.30pm via Zoom for two hours

  • Saturday 17th April 2021 – 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday 24th April 2021 – 9am to 12pm
  • Six-hour course delivered in 2 x 3-hour.
  • Three-hour sessions will be face to face via Zoom.
  • Question and answers possible throughout the session and at the end.
  • Pre and post reading material supplied
Times are Dubai Time and Zooms last for 3 hours.

 

Programme Details:

This course is divided into three sections providing knowledge and information to support important parts of working as a SENCo, or Head of Inclusion, in a school in the UAE. Centred around the Dubai Inclusive Education Framework, and resulting Implementation Guide and Directives, Louise will guide and support you to develop your work with parents, teachers, and the inspection team.

Live Sessions using Zoom
Session 1: Working with Parents/strong>
What are some useful communication strategies and useful terminology? Louise will share tips for successful meetings, how to begin difficult conversations and introduce the idea of a special need. How to implement successful parent training both internally and externally and a guide to successful partnerships with external agencies. Develop your referral pathways, individual education plans, transitions, additional funding, implementing curriculum change, ensuring parents have realistic outcome targets and what to do when it goes wrong.
Session 2: Working with Teachers and the Inspection Teams
How to support teachers to demystify differentiation. Working with teachers to gather data and information about students and to ensure that they are confident in identifying different need and developing a smooth referral process. Working with teachers to conduct group assessment, teacher training ideas and strategies that have work, ensuring teachers are responsible for outcomes, reducing withdrawal and dependence on LSA support and tips for disseminating information across the school. Louise will move on to cover questions that KHDA/DSIB may ask at Inspection time, documents they are likely to see, managing the online KHDA portals and documentation, and strategies to demonstrate progress outside of academics and collating/producing student information in case studies.

 

Who Should Attend?
  • Inclusion Leaders – new and existing who want to cement their background knowledge.
  • Inclusion Teachers that want to increase knowledge skill for future development.
  • Senior Leaders who have line management for inclusion..
  • Inclusion Champions.
  • Inclusion Governors.
Intended Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Be knowledgeable about the journey and challenges faced by parents when they have a child with need.
  • Understand the support networks available in Dubai and build a personal network to include documentation and confidentiality.
  • Review the meetings, referrals, and IEP processes in your setting.
  • Be able to implement CPD for teachers and upskill referral and teaching strategies.
  • Be comfortable with the inspection process.
  • Identify ways of demonstrating progress outside academic.

 

Aims of this Course:
  • To be familiar with the journey that we need to take the parents on and barriers to that being successful and ways to overcome challenges.
  • To begin to create a plan for upskilling your teaching team to take responsibility for student’s with need and tips to provide meaningful in-house training.
  • To understand and prepare for inspection.

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Testimonials

“I have rated this course as Excellent. Thank you for another informative workshop. It was a great opportunity to share good practice and network with other SENCOs. Thank you for all the handouts and for sharing key documentation, strategies, and examples of outstanding practice.”

 

“Strengths: The practical development of action plans. The openness of the presenter to share documents and ideas and to address concerns/questions. Weaknesses: Too short! I have rated this course as Excellent. Make it a 2 day!”

 

“Strengths: The presenter had an extensive and in-depth knowledge of the subject and was willing to share resources at a level far beyond the requirements of the course. Weaknesses: There were no significant weaknesses. I have rated this course as Excellent.”