Teach Middle East Magazine Apr - Jun 2020 Issue 3 Volume 7 - Page 22

Featured School THE AQUILA SCHOOL DUBAI EMBRACING THE INDIVIDUALITY OF EVERY LEARNER BY: GINETTE MOORE T he Aquila School, part of the International Schools Partnership, opened in September 2018 in Dubailand. It offers a modified British curriculum that complies with KHDA regulations. The school’s ethos is that all children receive amazing learning and they embrace the individuality of every learner. Opening with just 67 pupils, the school has grown rapidly and now has almost 350 pupils from FS1 to year 7, with a new year group being added to the secondary department each year. including those with complex needs. The Hemam Learning Support Center, with their focus on maximising the learning potential of every student, were selected as their ethos was harmonious with that of The Aquila School. There are benefits for all pupils when those with a disability are educated in regular schools. Students Inclusive education is more than a set of practices. It is also a philosophy: a way of thinking about people, diversity, learning and teaching (Graham, 2019). Developing an inclusive school was embedded in the planning stage and the team sought a partner organisation who would be able to play a key role in ensuring that the school could meet the needs of a wide range of pupils, 22 Term 3 Apr - Jun 2020 Class Time of determination demonstrate improved outcomes in areas such as social competency, motor skills and communication skills. This results from high-quality inclusive teaching and support practices that lead to interaction between students, as well as the provision of support to enhance the quality of these interactions. When educated alongside students