Flying High: Abu Dhabi Schools on the Up

Schools across Abu Dhabi performed better across a range of metrics in the 2017/18 inspection cycle according to its regulator, ADEK. British schools fared the best, followed by US and then Indian schools.
Flying High: Abu Dhabi Schools on the Up
By David Westley
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The 104 schools inspected in the 2017/2018 academic year scored 34 percent better than their peers inspected in the previous year, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

Abu Dhabi, unlike Dubai, does not inspect all of the schools in the emirate in one year, but spreads inspections over two. Consequently year on year comparisons are not like for like.

In 2017/18 63 schools in Abu Dhabi were inspected, 39 in Al Ain, and two in the Al Dhafra Region. In total four schools were rated Outstanding, 12 Schools Very Good, 27 schools Good, 53 schools were deemed Acceptable, and eight schools Weak.

Abu Dhabi's four outstanding schools are: Al Muna, Brighton Al Ain, Merryland and Raha International.

In terms of curricula, 25 British schools were assessed, 32 US Schools, 23 MoE schools, and 11 Indian schools.

In terms of percentage, and based on the 2017/18 inspections only, schools that follow the British curriculum are most likely to be rated Good or better (56 percent Good, 44 percent acceptable), followed by US schools (53 percent good, 41 percent acceptable, six percent weak), and then Indian curriculum schools (36 percent Good or better, 55 percent Acceptable).

Just 13 percent of MoE schools inspected provide a Good quality of education. A further 78 percent were deemed Acceptable, and nine per cent are considered Weak.

According to the report, 42 per cent of student achievement, teaching and assessment ratings were considered Good or above, 51 percent Acceptable and seven percent Weak.

Leadership fared better with 49 percent of schools having Good leadership and management, and just 8 percent Weak.

The inspected schools did best in terns of student personal and social development, and protection, care, guidance, and support. Seventy-four percent of schools were rated Good or better for personal and social development, while 78 percent were deemed Good or better when it came to protecting, caring, and providing support and guidance for students.

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