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Leading and Managing Inclusion in the UAE –Part 1

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Leading and Managing Inclusion in the UAE –Part 1

12 Students
Programme Overview

A dedicated Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course, tailored to school staff who are working with students with additional needs.  

Delivery Model Moving to LMS as a Self-Paced Course
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 660 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school
Deadline booking date
COURSE CONFIRMED – Places Still Available
Date of Training
4 Part Online Training: 
Thursday 9th May, Thursday 16th May, Thursday 30th May & Thursday 6th June 2024
Time of Training
 5pm – 6pm (UAE Time)


Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY School staff who have an interest in students with additional needs, whether they are already identified with a need, or on their journey.  Principals, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders, Heads of Inclusion, SENCos, Aspiring SENCos.

Aims of the course

This four-part course has been designed to support School Leaders, Heads of Inclusion and SENCos and Aspiring SENCos.

This course will provide you with a clear definition, history (both across the world and within the UAE) and the implications for education in the UAE.  In the second session, we will look at all the different staff in school, their role in inclusion and how to develop your teams. 

We will then look at the role of parents and their journey in parenting children with need, how to provide them with clear information and give them the support they need to support their children.  

In the final session, we will look at the different categorisation of students in accordance with the KHDA, the documentation and how to use this to screen and support students with additional needs, gifted and talented and those with English as an Additional Language.

There will also be time to meet other SENCos and ask questions throughout.

Intended outcomes
  • Boost the confidence of staff when supporting children with additional needs
  • Provide an overview of inclusion in Dubai
  • Provide basic strategies to support children at school
  • Ensure that staff have knowledge of terminology, acronyms, and documentation to demystify inclusion and support better outcomes for children

Louise Dawson

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Louise Dawson is an independent consultant, supporting schools, and organisations, with Inclusion and School Improvement across the Middle East. Louise has worked in Dubai for 10 years and Hong Kong for 8. Previously with Kings' School Al Barsha, Wellington International School, and Jumeirah College, she is well placed to understand not only education and the inspection frameworks but also additional needs from identification, through support and to evidencing progress; as well as understanding the unique inclusion journey that the UAE has been on. Louise is a very rare specialist in direct 'hands on' support, senior leadership and currently serves voluntarily as Inclusion Governor for four schools. Louise writes & delivers training through her website and Infinite Learning. She 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 and speaks frequently across many education platforms such as GESS, Outstanding Schools, Optimus Education and the Inclusion and Wellbeing MENA. The Global Inclusive Teaching Initiative (GITI) was launched in 2022. GITA, a programme of online differentiation training, written by Daniel Sobel, Carol Ann Tomlinson, Helena Wallberg, Abigail Gray and Louise is currently being trialled across the world. Louise has hosted three sessions for WhatWorksX with KHDA. Louise is also an advocate of assistive technology and works closely with tech companies to bring software to the Middle East such as Texthelp, Crick Software, IDL and Netsupport. Louise signposts local companies who had solid reputations and results, as well as products and services from other countries.
Times are UAE 4:00pm to 5:00pm via ZOOM

Programme Details: 

A dedicated Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course, tailored to school staff who are working with students with additional needs.  This includes Students of Determination, Gifted and Talented and those with English as an Additional Language in the United Arab Emirates.  Inclusion is a whole school provision.  This course looks at how to include all staff in the student experience, how to navigate the systems and ensure that children receive holistic quality provision to achieve their potential.


Session 1: What is Inclusion?

History of inclusion worldwide and within the UAE, Identification, graduated support, professional and school support, social model -v- medical model, myth busters and Questions & Answers.


Session 2: Staff Roles in School

This session will look at the responsibilities of all school staff.  From Security to SENCo, Leaders to Maintenance Staff, Admissions to Teachers to ensure that everyone plays their part in the inclusion of all within the school community. Questions & Answers.


Session 3: Parent Role in Supporting School & Students

Enabling parents to advocate for their child safely is a key component of student success.  Maintaining positive relationships and supporting the child’s journey from home. Questions and Answers.


Session 4: Categorisation of Students

Who is a Student of Determination, what are the four categories of Special Need and who is grouped where?  How do we classify Gifted and Talented or English Language Learners?  Who can have an Arabic exemption and how do you apply?


Programme Context:

The Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017) and subsequent documentation places inclusion highly on the agenda in all schools.  It states that schools should:

  • Develop a vision for inclusion
  • Communicate an inclusive ethos
  • Provide clear policy, process and procedure
  • Provide a Standard School Service
  • Have clear systems of school-based support


This course is part of a series of three covering the different elements of creating and providing an inclusive community within your school in the UAE.

  • Course 1: Leading and Managing Inclusion in the UAE – Part 1
  • Course 2: Leading and Managing Inclusion in the UAE – Part 2
  • Course 3: Inclusion – Preparing for A DSIB Inspection
Louise Dawson
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