I currently work at the fantastic GEMS Founders Schools’ developing the Inclusion and Safeguarding polices across the brand. Our Al Barsha school has just been awarded the SENDIA Award for Outstanding (OFSTED) Inclusive Practice in a mainstream setting – this was the first in the Middle East!
My first passion was for religion and culture and so I completed my degree in Theology at Leeds University in England and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). After many years teaching secondary school students I decided to complete my Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination which focused on students reaching their full potential.
Before joining GEMS Founders I was Assistant Principal in a Specialist Autism Secondary School in England. I was responsible for Teaching and Learning across the school and was also the Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I thoroughly enjoyed working in a specialist environment to improve my practice in communication, social and behavioural needs of individual students.
Before joining the specialist school I was an Special Educational Needs Lead Teacher in a secondary school for 5 years with additional responsibilities for transitions and supporting newly qualified teachers. I established a nurture group for new students to accelerate their progress in Maths and English. I have a wealth of experience teaching Humanities to students with various abilities at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 including students with English as an additional language (EAL). The school had many high achievers who often went on to red brick universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
In my spare time I continue my passion for education by meeting other professionals and keeping up to date on social media with the latest Teaching and Learning strategies from across the globe. I am thoroughly enjoying my time in Dubai and working with fantastic people at GFS.
My vision for the Inclusion Department: Every child will reach their full potential and receive the individual support they need along the way.”