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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Thisismytruth, Mar 22, 2012.
Two questions: How thorough are they? How fair and accurate are they?
The first year or so they weren't that throrough. More recently they have become more thorough.
How fair and accurate - that's the questionable part.
Some 'outstanding' schools are not any different to those getting 'good with outstanding features'
One key element is the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies. If you don't get outstanding for this, you can't get outstanding overall.
PS 'good with many outstanding features' usually means that the school is outstanding apart form Arabic/Islamic studies.
Any other Dubaians with a take on this?
A lot of schools nin the UAE now know which motions to go through to achieve 'outstanding'. It doesn't mean they are outstanding all of the time, they will have their ups and downs as with any school.
One of the 'top' schools according to parents only got 'good with outstanding features' as theu refused to offer the required quota of Arabic B (EAL Arabic).
Another school didn't get 'outstanding' as they didnt play the National Anthem every day.
Only 20 mins average of a lesson in observed, parents are given online questionnaires to fill in which under achieving schools can 'fiddle' getting family and friends to fill in instead.
KHDA reports dont comment how how nice a place is to work, or if the work life balance is good. Depends on what you are looking for in a job really. If you are happy to go in, teach, leave at the end of the day, get paid, live in a studio but live for the weekends, then ignore them all!
This is all very interesting.
Mind if I PM any one of you about one school in particular?
Cheers, Stopwatch. Have written.