Leading and managing a SEND Department in the UAE – Part 2

  • Leading and managing a SEND Department in the UAE – Part 2

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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 5th May 2021
  • Discounts available for group school bookings of five or more delegates

 

Dates & Times*
Face to Face Online sessions 6-hours programme breakdown
All F2F sessions will take place at 9am to 12pm via Zoom for two hours

  • Saturday 22nd May 2021 – 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday 29th May 2021 – 9am to 12pm
  • 6-hour course delivered in 2 x 3-hour.
  • 3-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:

Each year the KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) and DSIB (Dubai Schools Inspector Bureau) visit the school for Inspection. This course is designed for Inclusion Champions, School Leaders, School Governors, SENCos, and Heads of Inclusion who are new to the Inclusion Agenda or are new to Dubai. The aim is to share understanding of the past and present expectations of Inspection and of the departments we are managing.

Centred around the Inspection Process, this course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to fully audit and self-evaluate your school, provide evidence, and complete the documentation required by the KHDA.

Live Sessions using Zoom
Session 1: Identifying students with barriers
Learn some useful tips and strategies to implement a strong system in the identification of children with barriers to learning. We will walk through different types of assessments and how to use these data to identify students that may be struggling. What is a Standardised Assessment Score and how can you explain this to the community? How can you use data to support a student transitioning into your setting? What methods can be used for gathering data? How do you identify children with English needs? Do checklists have a place in identification? How can you improve communication with your parents and what to tell them, how and when?
Session 2: Implementing support for students with barriers
Learn how to get the best out of your relationships with external networks, to support the reduction of barriers for your students. We will look at how to measure the skill sets of your team and ensure equity of support across your provision. Review the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant certification from the UK and how you can use to measure and support the development of your team, as well as be signposted to affordable, accredited LSA training. Understanding parent grief and how to ensure engagement from home. Review your documentation and how to streamline your reporting. Review some easy to use, impactful interventions for positive outcomes. Understand the options in the UAE for accredited pathways.

 

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

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Be familiar with the key UAE documentation requirements
  • Understand the use of data in supporting the identification of barriers
  • Be able to support families through the identification and support process
  • Be secure in ways to work with external therapists
  • Ensure that interventions are meaningful, relevant and tracked
  • Be familiar with how to track progress and maintain record keeping
  • Improve outcomes for students with SEND

 

Aims of this Course:
  • To be familiar with different types of data used to support the identification of the barrier’s students experience
  • To be able to support families through the identification and intervention processes
  • Secure your skills in working with external agencies and maintaining good records of progress

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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.”