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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

5 Students
Programme Overview

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

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 3 or more delegates from the same school
Deadline booking date
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Online live sessions
Tuesday 22nd February 2022
Tuesday 1st March 2022
Tuesday 8th March 2022
Tuesday 15th March 2022


4:00pm to 5:00pm UAE time

Programme breakdown

  • Four 1-hour sessions over four weeks, one per week.
  • Opportunity to ask questions and meet other staff.



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 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.
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
4 Hours