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KHDA launches ‘Emirati Parents’ Support Centre’

Ruth Harron 04/09/2018 0

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Gulf News announced: KHDA launches ‘Emirati Parents’ Support Centre’

Initiative part of efforts to ensure Emiratis in private schools receive ‘good’ or better quality education by 2021

Dubai: The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai announced the launch of a new ‘Emirati Parents’ Support Centre’ on the first day of the new academic year.

The center will work under the theme ‘Together for the future’, in partnership with Dubai’s private schools.

Dr Abdullah Al Karam, director-general of KHDA, said the initiative comes as part of efforts to implement the directives of UAE’s leadership aimed at ensuring all Emirati students in Dubai’s private schools receive ‘good’ or better quality education by 2021.

Dr Abdullah said: “The centre is designed to be a community platform that enables regular interaction between parents and education experts with an emphasis on providing Emirati students with better opportunities to enrich their knowledge and skills.”

Fatma Al Marri, executive director of KHDA, said the new centre will collaborate with school principals to learn more about the needs of Emirati parents.

Al Marri said the centre will further enhance the relationship between school principals and parents and promote new initiatives that can contribute to raising better awareness among parents about the quality of education and how to choose schools.

The centre will enable parents to support their children, while providing better education opportunities. It will also create new avenues for communication between parents, schools and policymakers, with new activities planned for the academic year.

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Substitute teachers in The UAE

Ruth Harron 30/08/2018 0

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Good news for substitute teachers in The UAE

Dubai: Residents can now obtain a new freelance package for an annual fee of Dh7,500 in media and education sectors with Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), officials announced on Tuesday.

The package, called Gofreelance, was launched by TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, in partnership with Dubai Creative Clusters Authority.

The annual fee includes the Freelancer Permit and access to the Business Centre. If the candidates requires a visa, such as if they are non-residents who want to freelance here, relevant “assistance” will be provided. However, the visa will cost separately as per the normal associated fees.

Gofreelance was announced during a media briefing at Dubai Press Club on Tuesday. Speaking at the event, officials from Dubai Media City outlined the benefits of the new package, which offers a freelance permit at a significantly lower fee (around half) than previous freelance packages in Dubai.

Freelancing advantage

At the moment, the permit is restricted to certain “activities” in each of the two sectors of Education and Media. For example, in Education, there are five activities, including Education Advisor, Researcher, and eLearning Advisor.


The Media category, on the other hand, has almost 50 activities, including Actor, Animator, Cameraman, Journalist, and others.

Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City, told Gulf News on the sidelines of Tuesday’s event that the new package comes in line with expectations of a changing professional market.

“We see there are a lot of changes in the industry. The media industry today is not like the media industry 10 years ago. How individuals interact with the media and how the media interacts with individuals has drastically changed,” Al Suwaidi said.

Work freedom

Al Suwaidi also said there are a lot of people “‘freelancing’ without the right [legal] structure. What we’re saying is that the right structure is better for you – and it doesn’t cost you that much”.

‘Strong interest’

Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and DKP, told Gulf News there has been “strong interest” from the community for the new permit package and officials have started receiving applications.

“Freelance permits have been there before, but today’s event is to announce the new package. We’re making the process easier, faster and have reduced the cost, by around 70 per cent compared to many cases earlier,” Abdullah said.

Simplified process

The process for obtaining the permit has also been simplified, with almost all of the needed steps done online at, the website of the permit.

Candidates have to upload the application forms and required documents, such as their CV, passport and visa copy, a bank reference letter, and sponsor’s NOC (if applicable).

Once the application is approved, candidates will receive an email notification and then visit one of the business centres in DMC or DKP to personally sign the documents and pay the fee. During the visit, the candidates may be asked relevant questions regarding their application for clarification or verification purposes. Shortly afterwards, they will receive their freelance permit via email.

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Oaktree Primary School Dubai

Ruth Harron 30/08/2018 0



Oaktree Primary School Dubai  is a British community school, with a unique family feel in the heart of Dubai, providing a quality education. Our class sizes are amongst the smallest in Dubai and all our class teachers are from Britain. Our fees start at 30,000AED per year.


We teach the National Curriculum for England and Wales (NCfE), where each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach their full potential. We provide primary school education for children from Foundation Stage (age 3) to Year-6 (age 10-11).


Russian, Spanish and French lessons are offered to native speakers, at no extra cost. You can choose from a variety of paid and non-paid after-school activities from Arts and Crafts, to a variety of sporting activities.  A healthy meal option for lunch is also provided with monthly payments.


Oaktree Primary School is located in Al Qouz 4 behind Al Khail Mall and is easily accessible within minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. Our own bus service covers most locations in Dubai.


Oaktree Primary School Dubai

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The Swiss International School Dubai

Ruth Harron 29/08/2018 0



The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is a leading day and boarding school where future
generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners, ready to embrace
the opportunities of a global world. Our school follows the full continuum International Baccalaureate
(IB) programme in English with additional languages or in two bilingual English-French and English-
German streams. SISD is an IB Continuum World School authorised to offer and teach the IB Primary
Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP). Our unique
curriculum offers an engaging learning experience, the challenge of developing a real understanding of
cultural diversity and the support of a thriving international community. Our large eco-friendly campus
ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities that make the most of our location adjacent
to Dubai Creek.

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Delighted! Teachers In UAE in Top 10 UAE Education Websites

Ruth Harron 08/08/2018 1


Delighted to share the news that has been rated 3rd in the Top 10 UAE Education Websites

Feedspot listed Teachers In UAE as being competent :

  “To provide the best information to teachers who wish to work in the United Arab Emirates so that they find fulfilling and rewarding jobs. A specialised recruitment service for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary teachers who wish to work in the United Arab Emirates.”


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Teachers! There are 17 new international schools to open in UAE

Ruth Harron 07/08/2018 0

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Dubai: The international schools market in the UAE continues to expand, with 17 new schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year, a new study suggests.

According to the latest data from ISC Research, released ahead of the forthcoming International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) Middle East in Dubai, the UAE led all countries in the Middle East in the number of international schools, boasting 624 international schools, up from 596 last year.

The research also shows that the premium, English-language international schools market continues to expand across the Middle East, showing no signs of slowing down despite challenging economic conditions.

“The market in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, continues to expand. ISC Research is aware of 17 new international schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year in the UAE, 13 of which are located in Dubai,” said Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC Research.

The study states that the number of international schools in the region has grown from only 1,159 in 2013 to 1,593 in 2018.

“Most of the demand for international schools in the Middle East is currently focused on the mid-price international schools that are affordable to the majority of professional expatriates and more affluent local families,” he added.

Following the UAE, there are 257 international schools in Saudi Arabia and 166 in Qatar. A total of 1.51 million students are attending international schools in the region, each paying an average of $7,658 (Dh28,129) annually for their education.

Rhona Greenhill, co-founder, IPSEF which runs the leading international conference on private and international schools in the UK, China and the Middle East said the growth of the international schools’ market in the Middle East further confirms the role education plays in the development agenda of governments in the region.

“A number of initiatives have been set in place to enable private companies to establish local branches or independently set-up international schools and help support the growth of the education sector as a whole in this part of the world,” he said.

According to Greenhill, new market updates will be revealed at the Dubai edition of IPSEF, which will be held on September 21-23 2018 at the KHDA headquarters in Dubai International Academic City.

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting will present insights on the UAE K-12 education landscape, providing the very latest data on growth drivers and opportunities in this highly competitive segment.

As the international schools’ sector continues to grow, competition is expected to get tougher. Given this context, organisers have included a session on Marketing the #Future School, finding relevance in a crowded market to be led by Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools.

The talk is expected to provide school owners and administrators insightful steps on how to highlight their unique strengths and remain competitive in the market.

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