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Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has commended the innovative approach to distance learning adopted by Aldar Academies’ schools and awarded the education body highest possible grading following a series of inspections.
ADEK Inspectors awarded the ‘Developed’ grades to Al Bateen Academy, Al Ain Academy, The Pearl Academy, Al Muna Academy, Al Mamoura Academy, West Yas Academy and Al Yasmina Academy based on an array of factors that evaluated each school’s distance learning provision for students and their wellbeing during the recent period.
The assessment themes include learning opportunities, safeguarding, monitoring and assessment, agility, communication and engagement, among others. The reports highlighted the strong leadership and unified approach to distance learning, as well as effective planning and use of digital platforms and tools in creative and effective ways.
Stephen Sharples, Director of Education at Aldar Academies, said, “These recent awards are tangible proof of our commitment to providing the most comprehensive academic programme for all our students, as well as our approach in using the latest in digital technology and other innovative tools and methodologies.”
“The ‘Developed’ gradings received by all our schools reinforces that Aldar Academies understand the needs of both students and parents in an ever-evolving education sector and I am delighted that our planning and online approach have been rewarded and recognised by ADEK.”
In addition to the ADEK accolades, The Pearl Academy has been recognised as one of the very best schools in the world and has been accredited as a ‘World Class School’ by High Performance Learning, an international body that recognises schools at the forefront of educational thinking with exceptional outcomes for students.
The award means that The Pearl Academy is the only school in the emirate of Abu Dhabi to hold this accreditation and joins an elite global community of schools who routinely share practice and support each other.
Speaking about the accreditation award, Professor Deborah Eyre, Chair at High Performance Learning, said, “Truly world-class schools understand that while grades are important, producing students who are intellectually and socially confident, work-place and life-ready with a global outlook and concern for others is our true aim. The Pearl Academy has worked hard to strengthen its practice and to move closer to the vision of every child becoming a high performer.”
The unique, community-centric ‘Library on Wheels’ initiative operated by Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) will begin a year-long tour of the emirate following a series of immensely successful pop-ups at schools and key locations in Abu Dhabi city during March as part of the ‘Abu Dhabi Reads’ programme.
During the recently concluded 2019-20 academic year’s period of Distance Learning, 173 private schools in the emirate of Abu Dhabi were evaluated over seven weeks by 21 Emirati and 18 international inspectors. The final evaluation results were overseen by 13 Quality Assurance officers.
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