ADEC has recently released the results of their 2015 private school inspection cycle. Last year saw 41 schools inspected between October and December 2015.
This cycle was the first time the new unified UAE wide inspection framework was used to inspect the schools.
Two schools received the highest ranking possible, these were Aldar Academies’ Al Bateen Secondary-Al Mushrif Private School and Al Muna Primary School which both moved from A2 ratings (in their last inspections) to become Abu Dhabi’s first Outstanding schools.
Five schools scored a Very Good rating, these were; GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi, Pearl Primary School, The British International School, Abu Dhabi, Al Yasmina School and the previously unrated- Al Ain International Private School.
Possibly the biggest movers in this band were GEMS American Academy Abu Dhabi, which moved from a B5 rating (old system) and The British International School, previously rated B4. Both schools made an impressive leap from lower Satisfactory to Very Good.
Liwa International Private School, The Cambridge High School and Al Rabeeh School LLC were all rated Good.
The Cambridge High School was previously unrated, while parents at both Liwa International Private School and Al Rabeeh School LLC must be happy as both schools have risen impressively during the current inspection from the bottom rungs of Satisfactory (B4 and B5 respectively) to Good ratings.
The Acceptable rating is what the UAE’s Ministry of Education considers the minimum acceptable level for every school in the UAE.
During this most recent cycle, 12 schools achieved this rating, these were:
The International Community School
International Jubilee Private School
Emirates National School Manaseer
Emirates Falcon International Private School
Beit Al Maqdes International Private School
Ashbal Al Quds Private Secondary School
Al Najah Private School
Al Ittihad National Private School - Al Ain
Al Hamdanya Grand Private School
Al Bhaya Private School
Abu Dhabi Indian Private School
The Islamia English School.
The largest group were schools considered Weak, in total there were 14 schools awarded this rating. These were:
Ain Al Khaleej Private School
Al Ain English Speaking School
Al Ain Iranian Private School
Al Awa'il Private School
Al Iman Private School
Baraaim Al Ain Private School
Darul Huda International Private School
Emirates Future International Academy
Emirates National Private School - Al Nahyan
Future International School Al Ain
Indian School Al Ain
International Private School Al Ain
Scientific Distinction Private School
Universal Private School
There were 5 schools rated Very Weak, these were: Al Maali International School, El Ettehad Private School, Pakistani Islamic Private School, Palestine Private Academy, United School of Baniyas.
The New Unified Inspection Framework
Previously, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah and the Northern Emirates all had their own inspection systems, however, the new framework now means all private schools in the UAE will be inspected under the same criteria and ratings.
The new framework rates schools on six standards, these are:
Students’ achievement, students’ personal and social development, and their innovation skills
Teaching and assessment
The protection, care, guidance and support of students
Leadership and management
In addition, the method of ranking schools has changed. The new framework sees schools fall into a six-point scale, which rates institutions from Outstanding to Very Weak.