School Inspection Results: What does it mean?

Earlier this month the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) announced the latest results from their school inspections.  The reveal, which came ahead of schedule, was intended to provide parents with more insight into how schools have been rated and give them more time to make decisions for the coming school year.  This year, 176 private schools were inspected by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) and 18 schools actually managed to improve their ratings.  Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of KHDA applauded the efforts, stating “Our schools have consistently improved year-on-year and this is good news for parents because they now have a wider selection of better quality schools in Dubai. Ten years back, only 30 per cent of students received ‘good’ or better quality education and today this number has more than doubled to 70 per cent. It is important for us to keep pushing towards better quality education and keep up with Dubai’s aspiration and future needs.”

For teachers, inspections are an opportunity to demonstrate to evaluators the hard work they do every day and the strides they have taken to improve their performance.  We know exactly how hard teachers work, every day of the year, to give the best levels of care, support and learning to their students and this is exactly the sort of thing the inspectors are most excited to see.  It is also a time for your hard work to be rewarded and acknowledged, a hugely underutilised practice for the amazing teachers who support our children.   Getting the thumbs up from an inspector or helping to improve your school’s standing is a phenomenal achievement, and one you should take immense pride in. 

The fact is that regular oversight is a vital tool in improving educational standards throughout Dubai; a topic which we are very passionate about here at TELLAL.  As Dr Abdulla said, “Good education drives the future of our nation” and by providing expert regulation KHDA not only can identify under-performing schools but inspire all schools to raise standards for the betterment of all.  The structure of the inspection process and the generated results allows parents to receive feedback about their schools performance and gain insight into which institution might best suit their child. The positive impact of the KHDA oversight has drastically improved our educational system.  Fatma Belrehif, Chief of Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) noted that “the number of schools offering ‘good’ or better quality education has increased from just 38 schools in 2008 to a massive 119” out of 176. 

You can read this year’s reports at and you can find out more about the schools that managed to improve their ratings, including four schools who moved from ‘very good’ to ‘outstanding’ and five schools who moved from ‘good’ to ‘very good’.  The six point scale by which schools are evaluated runs from ‘very weak’ to ‘outstanding’ and each year all schools are given advice and suggestions on how to improve their rating and standards.  The aim of KHDA is to make sure as many schools as possible offer an ‘outstanding’ level of education and care for all of their students.  According to their criteria, an ‘outstanding’ school should “have exceptionally high standards of students’ learning and personal development. Teachers will have expert knowledge of their subjects, they will understand how children learn, and they will create inspiring learning environments. The curriculum will be rich and innovative, and provide challenge, support and options for all students. School leaders know the school exceptionally well and, despite already extremely high standards, they continuously strive to be even better.” 

Here at TELLAL we understand the importance of offering the highest standards of education for our students, at every level of the school, from teaching assistance to leaders.  That is why we consistently strive to offer the most innovative and effective training programmes so that you always have a trusted, expert resource in which to work on your own professional development.  If you would like to find out more about the courses we offer, click here.   



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