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  • Head of Department Asked on October 21, 2019 in Curriculum.

    Dear Selhage,

    Have you contacted the British Council?  I assume from the tags that you are based in Dubai.  The British Council arranges for  students to apply for and sit UK-based examinations including IGCSE – this is the link: https://www.britishcouncil.ae/en/exam/igcse-school.

    Good Luck!

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  • Head of Department Asked on May 2, 2019 in Curriculum.

    Dear Shab,

    Your daughter’s age is not relevant at this stage, as it is her school grade/year group that counts and whether she has completed the grade/year group.  I assume she is currently in Year 8 (which is the equivalent of Grade 7) but will not complete it until the end of the current academic year (June).  The academic year has already started in the Indian curriculum and I do not believe it would be possible for your daughter to join in September, as she will have missed one term already by that stage.  Normally, the process would be for her to join the school in April at the start of the academic year.

    I would advise you to contact the school(s) that you are considering and confirm whether it would be possible for your daughter to transfer before the summer break (in June).  Please bear in mind though that she will almost certainly have to repeat Grade 7, since she will not have completed the equivalent year in her current school.

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  • Head of Department Asked on April 29, 2019 in Admissions.

    Dear Naveen,

    I am sorry to read of the difficulty you are facing with the admission of your son.   We would advise you to consider two steps; firstly, if you applied only to the school that has refused your son, you may still apply to other schools in Ajman and in neighbouring emirates.   The following is a link to schools in Ajman, RAK and UAQ  – https://whichschooladvisor.com/uae/school-search?city%5B%5D=2&city%5B%5D=6&city%5B%5D=8.    Depending on your budget, some of these may be an option.  GEMS schools generally are very capable of supporting children with additional needs, whereas we would not suggest Choueifat.  St. Mary’s is opening a new school in RAK in September 2019.  Unfortunately, the lack of published inspection reports for schools in the Northern Emirates makes it difficult to identify schools that are supportive of children who made need extra support.

    I would suggest that you contact the schools that may seem to suit your needs in terms of curriculum and budget.  It would be advisable to inform them that your son may  be hyperactive or have some additional needs based on a assessment at one school.

    If this fails, I would advise you to contact Ajman Education Zone – 971 800 51115.  They are located next to the Teacher Training College on Sheikh Zayed Street, Ajman.

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  • Head of Department Asked on April 23, 2019 in General.

    Hi Mubasherx,

    We certainly do have Amity International School on the site and, in fact, the review was recently updated.  Here is the link: https://whichschooladvisor.com/uae/school-review/amity-international.

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  • Head of Department Asked on March 12, 2019 in Which School.

    The SchoolsCompared team is just finalising logos for the winners and finalists of the SchoolsCompared.com awards and these will be sent out to all the schools that reached these stages within the coming days. Congratulations!  If you do not hear anything, please contact [email protected]

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  • Head of Department Asked on March 5, 2019 in School Policies.

    Dear Supriya,

    Yes, all documents will need to be in English or Arabic and, if translated, must be attested by the relevant authority.

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  • Head of Department Asked on March 3, 2019 in School Policies.

    Dear Beba,

    The teaching hours in private schools are included in the policy from the Ministry of Education in relation to Private schools.  This stipulates 18 teaching hours per week.  This does not include planning time or time devoted to pastoral matters.

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  • Head of Department Asked on February 24, 2019 in Admissions.

    Hello Supriya,

    This will depend on the curriculum and school.  Unfortunately, the situation is somewhat confusing due to a change in cut off date imposed by the KHDA.  Whereas previously schools used the start of the academic year as the cut off (so 31st August), recently this has been changed to 31st December.  Children born between 1st September and 31st December are potentially age-appropriate under this new cut off for a year ahead of where they would have previously started school – and for a young child starting school, this can have a significant impact.

    IB curriculum schools use the 31st December as the cut-off date.  Since your son will be turning 4 by 31st December, he will join EY2 in a 13 year school.  In a 12 grade school, he would join potentially join KG1.   Many UK curriculum schools attracting a significant non-UK student population also now follow the 31st December cut off date, and your son would therefore join FS2 in a 13 year school.

    However, traditional UK schools that still maintain strong links (through their large British school population) still apply the 31st August deadline.   Since your son will not have turned 4 by that date, they would be likely to prefer to admit him to FS1 (the pre-KG equivalent).   You may feel, since he will still be only 3 years old at the time, that this a more appropriate year group in which to start school.  The School Admissions team will need to request a demotion for your son in this case and receive approval from the KHDA.  This will depend to some extent on your son’s maturity and what the school feels is best for him.

    We would advise you to contact schools that are of interest to you to find out what policy they are applying and to check whether they would support demotion if you feel that this would be the better option.  Schools do not have to support this, but the decision should be based on an assessment of your child by the school to ensure that he has the maturity to settle into a higher grade class.

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  • Head of Department Asked on January 13, 2019 in Curriculum.

    Hi Lana,

    Thank you for your question.  Our understanding is that individual schools of different curricula may choose when to introduce languages into their programme – so many introduce French, for instance, anywhere between Grade 3 and Grade 5  – but the introduction of Arabic is compulsory from Grade 1.   We know of many schools that start Arabic in FS1 or FS2, in order to familiarise children with the language as early as possible, though teaching is obviously in line with the play-based learning of EYFS.  There is plentiful evidence that children find it much easier to learn a new language at an early age.

    Many schools, whilst using the Ministry books as a basis for learning, also incorporate other material, resources and curriculum modification to enable children to learn the language in line with other subject teaching practices.  Indeed, the KHDA very much encourages professional development and training for all staff (including Arabic teachers) in order to deliver best practice for all subjects.   Starting Arabic at an earlier age, should therefore support students’ learning as they reach the point where it is a compulsory subject.

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  • Head of Department Asked on January 8, 2019 in Which School.

    HI Poojadixit,

    All of the schools have been on vacation for the past three weeks and staff returned on Sunday.  Do follow up with the Admissions team at NAS again; I am sure they will get back to you.  This is the email address: [email protected].  There is also an online form on the website  – https://www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/dubai/admissions/admissions-enquiry-visits-and-applications/enquiry.

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