April 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

April 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

April 2022 Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

Published on: 05 Oct 2022

Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum Newsletter

April 2022 - Latest Recording HERE

Supporting Autistic Traits for Autism Awareness Month

Some children with ASD have a hard time applying what they’ve learned in one setting (such as the therapist’s office or school) to others, including the home. For example, the child may use sign language at school to communicate, but never think to do so at home. Creating consistency in your child’s environment is the best way to reinforce learning. Find out what your child’s therapists are doing and continue their techniques at home. Exploring the possibility of having therapy take place in more than one place in order to encourage your child to transfer what he or she has learned from one environment to another. It’s also important to be consistent in the way you interact with your child and deal with challenging behaviors. To read more about how we can best support ASD check out this website HERE.

UK release SEND Review outlining updates on alternative provision in England

Key highlights include:

Updated standards for identification Recommended increase in resources for provision Mandatory qualifications for SENDCOs Improved tracking and centralised data collection for SEND students. Read the whole paper HERE.

 Private Schools Scrap Quarantine - The National

Private schools in Dubai no longer require close contacts of Covid-19 cases to quarantine under new rules. Pupils are now also permitted to remove face masks when outside as part of the changes, which came days after the UAE began unwinding restrictions to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. As of February 26, masks have been optional outside across the UAE. Read more HERE

CBSE announces Central CBSE Teacher Eligibility Tests

The Central Board of Secondary Education on Wednesday announced the results of the 15th edition of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET). The CTET was held from December 16, 2021 to January 21, 2022. Find out more HERE

The Butterfly sign MoU with GEMS Cambridge Abu Dhabi

The Butterfly, an advocacy group for parents across the Emirates, and GEMS Cambridge International School will sign a memorandum of understanding and launch their collaboration which will introduce The Butterfly and our advocacy services to parents of children of determination enrolled at the school.

Research in cognition: When we learn more about a stranger we feel more connected to them

 After finding out details about a stranger, we mistakenly think that they also know about us. As a result, we act more honestly around them, according to a recent study in Nature. And this can have a real-world impact: the team finds that after residents are given biographical information about neighbourhood police officers, the crime rate in nearby areas reduces. Read more HERE


Hollie Raises Funds for Heroes of Hope

Founder @hollie.murphy_hoh will be doing 4Ultras, in 4 days in 4 different sports to raise much needed funds for @heroes_of_hope_ and @aljalilauae. From the 31st March- 3 April she will be aiming to complete 50km on a Paddle board, 150 on a bike, 10km swim and 50km run. Heroes hope operates as a non profit organisation so all proceeds go towards our heroes so we can give them the very best opportunities. To donate please click on the link in the @heroes_of_hope_ bio.

UAETeam Angelwolf Compete to complete the IronMan Dubai 2022

Team AngelWolf is a not for profit foundation that promotes an inclusive, active life with People of Determination.

Rio is a young man of determination. Rio, with the assistance of his dad and family has now completed 19 Middle Distance Triathlons (1.9km swim, 90km cycle, 21km run) with inclusion, in his 19th year, all within 8 race seasons! Not bad for a young man soon to turn 19. There can’t be many triathletes (professionals or age groupers) that could say this!

Rio’s 19th middle distance triathlon was yesterday at Ironman 70.3 Dubai. @ironmantri @im703middleeast

UAE Census on Wellbeing in Schools

 Students across all grades also say they worry about things that are going on in their lives or the world around them. For the last five years, a percentage of students in Grades 6 to 9 have consistently felt connected to adults at their school. For the last four years, 82 per cent of students in Grades 10 to 12 have consistently said they felt optimistic about life. Over the years, 88 per cent of students in Grades 10 to 12 have continued to report they felt a sense of belonging to their friendship groups.

For more highlights click HERE

Global Report on Private Education 2021/2022 - UNESCO

Non-state actors’ role extends beyond provision of schooling to interventions at various education levels and influence spheres. Alongside its review of progress towards SDG 4, including emerging evidence on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact, the 2021/2 Global Education Monitoring Report urges governments to see all institutions, students and teachers as part of a single system. Standards, information, incentives and accountability should help governments protect, respect and fulfill the right to education of all, without turning their eyes away from privilege or exploitation. Publicly funded education does not have to be publicly provided but disparity in education processes, student outcomes and teacher working conditions must be addressed. Efficiency and innovation, rather than being commercial secrets, should be diffused and practised by all. To that end, transparency and integrity in the public education policy process need to be maintained to block vested interests. Read more HERE

World Union of Wound Healing Societies (WUWHS) 2022  Abu Dhabi

This interesting conference looks at supporting people of determination and those who experience chronic pain or woulds. It is a free to all conference where insights into support and development are shared from medical and psychological experts. Find out more HERE.

Free webinar on Managing Challenging Behaviour for schools

All behaviour is communication and feelings drive behaviours. This webinar will outline ways in which we can respond to the behaviour, rather than react. It will discuss how to build consistent boundaries and give a feeling of safety and trust, so the children can thrive in the classroom environment. There will be discussion on Gary Landreth’s A.C.T Model to help to deal with big feelings and Dr. Dan Siegel’s “Name it to Tame it”.  It will give ideas for supporting regulation, so you can establish a safe learning environment that will help all of the children flourish.

This awesome Webinar demonstrates usable and practical tips for supporting students behaviour. Check it out HERE.

Free Live Webinars in Education

Recovering Lost Learning

Wed 28th April 4.30 GMT

This webinar explores closing the gaps where students have lost out on learning over the past 2 years.

Supporting SEND needs remotely

Tue 28th April 1200 GMT

This webinar dives into supporting students remotely who have special educational needs.




Education UAE have some awesome articles in their current issue

The Education Cost Index and Fee Framework were created in partnership with Dubai government agencies such as the Dubai Statistics Centre, the Department of Economic Development, and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Following the release of the newest Education Cost Index, private schools in Dubai will not be eligible for any fee increases for the 2022-23 academic year (ECI). Read more about this HERE



Teach Middle East: Developing robust Safeguarding in schools

How can we ensure that our schools are a safe space for students - check out TME article for amazing advice and tips around safeguarding HERE


Next Inclusion & Wellbeing Forum

 Innovations in Research

Ensuring universal access to education is an effective and sustainable means of empowering people with visual impairment and blindness. Literature confirms that blindness of a person is not a barrier for learning, yet past research brings about a range of diverse obstacles for productive engagement in education due to universities being designed for sighted persons. Given that the persons with impairment are looked after comparatively better in the western world than in the developing nations for realising their challenging academic goals. Purpose of this paper is to present the findings of a comprehensive study on the academic work of persons with visual impairment and blindness

Spiritual Development in students K-12

This research paper presents four pillars of civilization- freedom, science and technology, mutual accommodation and compassion. The emphasis in the West since the Renaissance has been on freedom and science. The latter two pillars are needed if civilization is to thrive. This paper outlines ways to educate for mutual accommodation and compassion, how K-12 schools can educate their students to embody these four pillars to promote wellbeing.



Who to follow this month

Thought leaders are those who excel in their profession and create and share content for educational and motivational purposes. Thought leaders within education generate motivation and create better pathways for learning, calling the very best from our schools and universities.

Jim Tudor  Jim posts content that addresses the bigger picture of where education is headed. He investigates creative ways for educators to meet the future needs of students and the world.


5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips

Supporting students who have a low IQ in class





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