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  1. Deira International SchoolDubai Jeff Smith Director

  2. Acceptable to Good to Outstanding more outstanding features

  3. first impressions on appointmentWhat was good: • standard of teaching • focus on teaching & learning • excellent facilities (except no performance hall) • well qualified teaching staff

  4. Why were we acceptable • no real belief in our Vision, Mission statements – no connection to policy and practice • teachers did not relate vision and mission to what they did in the classroom • confusion – KHDA targets, CIS targets, School Improvement Plan targets • student attitudes to learning, some teachers professional attitudes

  5. Why were we acceptable • poor structure of school timetable in the Secondary School • Year 6 students in Secondary School instead of Primary School & Middle School concept were not working • Overall – school grew too quickly in student numbers and staffing! This was not backed up by strong bedrock policies and procedures for: • Assessment, Reporting and tracking • School Improvement planning and Department Improvement Planning • Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy

  6. Quickly moving to goodImmediate Actions required – • one timetable for Secondary School • focus on staff professionalism • raise students expectations on behaviour and attitudes (Director controls behaviour not parents) • Year 6 back into Primary School • End the Middle School concept • keep the focus on Teaching & Learning • assessment -immediate plans to introduce CEMS across whole school • all SMT teach - including the Director • new management structure (21 new positions inc. CPD manager)

  7. One key change that had the biggest immediate impact a new style 1 -3 Year DIS Strategic plan and new 1 year action plan linked to the DIS Strategic Plan, that: • everybody understood • everybody believed in • everybody understands and plays their part on the journey to ‘outstanding’

  8. Suddenly Everybody knew: • where we were going • how we would get there • why we were making changes.

  9. At DIS the students are the most important people and the staff are our biggest asset. Deira International SchoolDubai Thank You Jeff Smith Director