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UAE Schools: The ‘Surprise’ Inspection Debate

UAE Schools: The ‘Surprise’ Inspection Debate

Most international school inspection regimes are like the UAE’s and “known”. This means that the school has a great deal of communication and, if one likes, warning of a... Read On

For Profit v.s. Not for Profit UAE Schools

For Profit v.s. Not for Profit UAE Schools

In my twenty-five years of experience as an educationalist in the UAE there has never been a time when the for-profit and not-for-profit debate has not solicited strong and... Read On

KHDA 2013/14 Dubai School Ratings in Full

KHDA 2013/14 Dubai School Ratings in Full

School Name Curriculum 2013-2014 overall rating 2012-2013 overall rating 2011 – 2012  overall rating Kings school Dubai UK Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding GEMS Wellington International School UK Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding... Read On

Choosing a Nursery: How, and What to Look For

Choosing a Nursery: How, and What to Look For

Nursery schools in the UAE, unless part of a larger school, are not yet subject to KHDA inspection reports, which means the onus is on you to do your... Read On

Update: New Schools, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015

Update: New Schools, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, 2014-2015

As the UAE’s population continues to grow, and expatriates around the world come to the region, so education has come increasingly under the microscope as one service that needs... Read On

School Brands: Are You Getting ‘The Real Thing’?

School Brands: Are You Getting ‘The Real Thing’?

By Mark Atkins, Headmaster, Foremarke School Dubai. I have no less than three Cartier watches. Oh yes. But despite the very attractive price, a saving of some six thousand pounds... Read On

School Inspection Reports: How to Read Them

School Inspection Reports: How to Read Them

School inspection reports are a fact of school life – loved, loathed, feared and when they work, a source of inspiration and motivation. This guide takes you through what they... Read On

UK Academic Boarding Schools at a Glance

UK Academic Boarding Schools at a Glance

If you are considering a UK boarding school, these are, presently, the country’s top achievers when it comes to A’ Level and IB. Note, choosing a boarding school is... Read On

Disclosing Your Child’s Problems to a New School

Disclosing Your Child’s Problems to a New School

So your child has problems. You have been through some assessments and treatments, been given medical advice. Or, maybe you just know that your child isn’t as quick at... Read On

New Addition: Watch Out for the Videos!

New Addition: Watch Out for the Videos!

  Which School Advisor will slowly be adding video to the site, to give you a better sense of schools we review. The videos are designed to give you... Read On

Abu Dhabi School Inspections: The Irtiqaa FAQ

Abu Dhabi School Inspections: The Irtiqaa FAQ

What is Irtiqaa? Irtiqaa is a program introduced by the Abu Dhabi Education Authority (ADEC) to benchmark, evaluate, and ultimately to raise the education standards of schools in Abu... Read On

UAE Schools: Getting Mentally Prepared to Choose

UAE Schools: Getting Mentally Prepared to Choose

Make no mistake, finding the right school for your child is one of the most difficult pieces of the puzzle when moving to the UAE. Here Dr Michael Biggs... Read On

School Search Advice from a Dubai Headmaster

School Search Advice from a Dubai Headmaster

Guest contribution by Tim Waley, Principal, Uptown School The reality is that the education of your children, apart from an investment in property, is the highest and arguably most... Read On

How to Find, Shortlist & Choose a Dubai School

How to Find, Shortlist & Choose a Dubai School

In the ongoing WSA School Survey we ask parents across the UAE whether they think education provision (i.e. getting a place at a school they believe is right for... Read On

UAE Nurseries: The Best for You, and Your Child

UAE Nurseries: The Best for You, and Your Child

When you are choosing the best Nursery for your child there are a number of steps to be taken to ensure that you, your child and the nursery are... Read On

Top Considerations in Choosing a School in the UAE

Top Considerations in Choosing a School in the UAE

The top answer to the question – “What is the single most important consideration in choosing a school?” in the WSA School Survey is interesting in that it is... Read On

UAE Speak: Education Acronyms

UAE Speak: Education Acronyms

Acronyms and abbreviations, love them or hate them, they are now the norm, particularly in education. To help you ‘break the code’ we are now building a reference section... Read On

WSA Reviews – How to Use Them

WSA Reviews – How to Use Them

WSA strives to obtain the following information for each of its reviews: EXAM RESULTS: Where possible we have extracted exam results because we know this is something parents use... Read On

Selective Schools – The ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Applying

Selective Schools – The ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Applying

Many parents in the Emirates choose to send their children to schools in their home country which operate a selective policy.  A limited number of schools within the UAE... Read On

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