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.