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FAQ

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School Reopening –AY 2020-21

How do you ensure each child achieves and exceeds his or her “personal best.”

  • DIS focuses on raising aspirations and achievements in all aspects of school life – academic, sporting, artistic, social and technological. We ensure each and every child has the opportunity to shine, striving for excellence by continuously improving on his or her personal best.

How do you ensure that new children settle in to their new school?

  • DIS is a welcoming, well ordered and inclusive community of learners where diversity is celebrated. There are opportunities for older students to “ mentor” younger students, enabling students to develop as community leaders. Students are placed in appropriate class settings in English and Mathematics to ensure learning is personalised yet challenging. Transition between Key Stages is carefully planned and managed by senior staff and parents are fully involved.

When can I visit or see the school?

  • Prospective parents can visit the school at their convenience. Please contact the Registrar to arrange a time to visit during the school working day or a Saturday.

What are the facilities like?

  • Careful attention has been given to maximise learning spaces ensuring opportunities for pupils to work both independently and collaboratively. Classrooms are bright and airy as are other communal learning and discovery spaces. A full list of our facilities can be found on the website.

Teacher Profiles

  • All teachers are fully qualified, experienced and enthusiastic professionals with a proven track record of success. Staff work collaboratively to exceed their personal best and ensure their own professional development and success. Their communication skills in spoken and written English are of the highest standards. Subject specialists share their love of their subject and an ability to make sure that all pupils are stretched and challenged.

What is the student/teacher ratio?

  • In FS1 and FS2 there is a maximum of 25 pupils in each class with a teacher and teaching assistant. In all other classes the maximum number of students is 30, although classes are likely to be smaller, especially in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 of the school. There are also Teaching Assistants supporting classes in FS to Year 4.

Is Uniform compulsory?

  • All students are required to wear a school uniform that is available for purchase from the designated supplier or school Administration. There is also a designated uniform for Physical Education which students are also required to wear dependent on House Colour.

What is meant by “traditional values”?

  • At DIS we emphasise the traditional values of self-discipline, courtesy, politeness and the highest standards of uniform. We pride ourselves in having a tangible ethos of mutual respect between staff and students and zero tolerance of bullying in any form. A clear Behaviour for Learning Policy promotes a culture of rewarding not only academic, sporting and artistic achievement but also our students’ contributions to the local, national and international community through their dedicated service of others.

What are the school hours?

  • From 07.30 morning drop off; 07.45 Assembly and morning registration; 12.40 FS pick up; 14.40 rest of school pick up (unless students have After School Activities)

What is a typical day be like?

  • In FS we run an integrated day, with a mix of classroom-based activities, indoor and outdoor play and a choice of other learning and fun activities. In primary classes, there is a gradual move to more formal learning and teaching covering Arabic, Islamic Education, English, Mathematics, UAE Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, Drama, Humanities, Spanish and Physical Education. These areas of learning are developed in the early years of secondary before students make a choice of optional as well as core subjects to study at IGCSE at Key Stage 4. All students in FS are have the opportunity to study Arabic.

Meet the Principal & Administrative Staff

  • Regular Meet the Principal and Open Day events are planned over the coming months and details appear on the website. Also appointed are experienced and highly successful senior staff from the UK, Europe, America, New Zealand, India and the Middle East. Key members of the administrative team also attend Meet the Principal events.

School Canteen/Cafeteria

  • The school has a fully serviced cafeteria for break time snacks and lunch time provision.

How are you “bring learning alive”?

  • At DIS we believe that effective learning takes place when children and young people take responsibility for their own learning and development. Embedded into the curriculum is “deep learning” opportunities as well as a cross curricular emphasis on Life Skills and My Identity. In this way creativity, innovation, problem solving and collaboration are key features of teaching and learning in all classes, in all subject areas.

What support is available for students with specific learning needs?

  • Our staff take time to get to know and understand each student. Whether a student needs to be stretched, is struggling or is somewhere in the middle we are always working to inspire the best in him or her. The school has an experienced SENCO, a team of Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants to take charge of learning support for students. We have also appointed a specialist Co-ordinator to lead and develop support strategies for students whose first language is not English.

How do you bring learning alive beyond the classroom?

  • We want every student to have the chance to shine. Whenever there is demand for a new club or activity we always try to find a way to make it happen. Programmes are developed in collaboration with Sports, Dance and Robotics providers and our own teachers are available on various afternoons each week. The range of activities include Sports, Arts and Crafts, Academic Activities, Drama and Music.

How are Life Skills and Leadership developed in the school?

  • We believe that education is going through a renaissance. Developing Leadership and Life Skills are key to future success. We encourage debate, participation and a spirit of enquiry. Students are placed into Houses where we foster a spirit of healthy competition as well as community leadership and service. Opportunities to become Prefects, Sports Leaders, House Captains, Subject Champions as well as members of the Student Council abound. Students plan and organise high profile events and develop their entrepreneurial and analytical skills in the process.

How can I keep track of my child’s progress?

  • DIS fully recognises the central role that parents play in their child’s progress and attainment. At DIS we want parents to feel involved and informed. Through our School Communicator and Website as well as our Management Information System termly progress reports are distributed and we regularly welcome parents to come and meet with their son or daughter’s teachers as well as senior staff. This is a true partnership centered around each and every child. Each student is given a Diary and this is used daily to record Homework as well as exchange information between school and home. Communication is key and our website contains comprehensive information on all aspects of school life. It is updated regularly to ensure accuracy as well as maintain interest.

How can I get involved?

  • At DIS we have an active Parent Council Forum. This Forum meets regularly to celebrate school successes as well as raise issues of both concern and interest to the school leadership and management. In the spirit of collaboration it is an effective and true partnership, focused on honest evaluation and future development and improvement. We want all parents to be fully involved in not only their child’s learning but also in their own. Opportunities are made available for parents and other members of the community to utilise the school’s resources. Learning for all, by all, who wish to achieve and even exceed their “personal best” will place DIS at the heart of the community.

What rating has the school been given for the Academic Year 2016-17?

  • Diyafah International School has been inspected and rated as “Band A” school with “Good” rating by the Abu Dhabi Department of Educational and Knowledge (ADEK). You can find more information with the report published on the ADEK website. Click here to read.

What qualities and characteristics would you say define your school?

  • Diyafah International School, Abu Dhabi was set up 6 years ago and is the sister school to the well respected and very successful Al Diyafah High School in Dubai. The ethos of both schools is to ensure each and every child is equipped with the knowledge and skills to “let their light shine” in an every changing and increasing complex world. We enable children to do this by providing a secure and happy learning community. This school is rooted in strong family values, originating from the D’Cuna family who set up our sister school over 37 years ago, where there is personal attention and gentle encouragement given to each child. Children here are happy learners. Their attitude to learning is excellent and their sense of service to each other and the community is exemplary.

How many nationalities are represented in your school?

  • The school has a wide range of nationalities and is truly international in character. Students come from over 63 countries worldwide.

Are there high proportions of a particular nationality?

  • 28% of students are Emirati. 19% of students are Indian. 13% of students are Pakistani

What is the teacher: student ratio in your school?

  • There are 1,134 students on roll and 91 well qualified teachers giving a ration of 1:12

Does your school have a waiting list?

  • The school is continuing to expand and, having established solid foundations, is building capacity. This means that we are able to accommodate students in most Year Groups provided they pass the Admissions Test.

Describe your school's approach to education and teaching?

  • Our motto is “Let your Light Shine” which underpins our approach to education – enabling young people to realise their full potential and develop their talents for the good of themselves and others. Good and effective teaching stimulates a passion for learning in our young people. Our well qualified and experienced teachers, from the UK, Ireland, South Africa, US and Canada, India and Middle East, all strive to inspire our students, through their teaching, to become skilled and confident learners.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How does your school ensure children engage in physical activity?

  • Physical Education is an integral part of both the taught curriculum and the enrichment curriculum. Currently we have 3 specialist PE teachers and students undertake sport and health awareness and fitness sessions throughout the week. In addition, there are Co-Curricular activities which happen after the school day for one hour and many of these are sport and fitness related – cricket, badminton, basketball, football. Although these sessions are voluntary they are well attended by our students.As the School is currently engaged in an ambitious building project, due for completion in October 2019, our ability to offer additional sports will be greatly enhanced with a new swimming pool, indoor fully equipped Sports Hall and extensive astro turf playing fields.

How does your school promote healthy lifestyles?

  • We engage, as a whole school, staff and students, in physical exercise twice per week during Assemblies. The canteen is regularly monitored for the quality of food offered by our Support Services Team and Senior Staff. There is an annual survey to parents, staff and students on food quality. The Clinic conducts annual MBI assessments on students regarding height and weight and reports the findings to relevant authorities as required. In Foundation Stage we have introduced Tasty Treats to allow our youngest students to sample delicious, possibly more unusual healthy food options. Students are made aware of the dangers of cyber bullying and there is a clear and well-defined anti bullying WITs programme in operation in the School.

How do you promote healthy eating?

  • Teachers monitor what students bring into school in their lunch boxes. We raise awareness in Assemblies through key events such as World Heart Day, World Diabetes Day, Pink Day (raising awareness of Breast Cancer). We also have local doctors and dentists visit the school to talk to our students on various matters regarding healthy bodies, minds and teeth.
  • The School Nurse regularly addresses Assemblies on healthy eating issues. Cakes, sweets, fizzy drinks are not permitted in the school. We are also a nut free school.

Does the School have cafeteria facilities for the students?

  • Yes – we currently have a canteen which offers a range of nutritious snacks, juices, fruits as well as hot meals. Students are able to eat in the dining room or in designated picnic areas outside, weather permitting.

If yes, does it serve hot food?

  • Yes – there is a weekly published menu which outlines the hot food offer for the week. Hot food ranges from pasta to curries, with steamed vegetables as well as rice on offer. The hot food offer is often “themed”, with a focus perhaps being on the cuisines of countries from around the world such as Italy or India or China.

What would be the amount spent by a student for their lunchtime meal?

  • Those who purchase food provided by the Canteen would spend on average between 10 – 15AED daily.

What is the starting and finishing time of your school day?

  • School starts with morning Assembly for the whole school at 7.45am. The National Anthem is sung at this time. The School ends for Foundation Stage students at 12.40pm and for students in Years 1 – 10 at 14.40 each day, Sunday to Thursday. Students staying for Co – curricular activities leave at 16.00. These run from 15.00 – 16.00 for 6-week slots.

Is there a school uniform?

  • Yes – we have the highest expectations with regard to the wearing of the school uniform. The uniform is a sign of belonging to the Diyafah family and is worn with pride. There is also a PE uniform which students are also expected to wear on the days they have curriculum PE. The uniform is of good and robust quality and is comfortable for the students to wear. Our Year 10s look particularly smart in their burgundy blazers and ties!

Please advise on your discipline policy?

  • The School has a clear and progressive discipline policy known as our Behaviour for Learning Policy. It balances rewards and sanctions. We believe very strongly that no student has the right to disrupt the learning of other students or prevent the teacher from teaching. The classroom and corridor expectations are clear, and the majority of our students follow the fair and transparent rules carefully and dutifully daily. A heavy emphasis is placed on recognizing and rewarding good behavior – rewards for attainment, effort, community service and student leadership. At the same time, should it be necessary, we have a system of traffic lights for disruptive behaviour – green, amber, read - giving students the chance to reflect on the anti-social behaviour and change their approach; we can run break time detentions; we can issue tutor, social work or SLT report cards (Green, Amber, Red); we call parents in to meetings as required and we can even isolate a disruptive student should that be necessary. We are fortunate in having a well-respected and very fair Social Work Department which works closely with students and parents as and when required.

How do you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?

  • The School has developed a comprehensive approach to tracking progress and attainment throughout the weeks and months of each term and reporting to parents. There are regular Assessments of Learning through quizzes, mini tests, plenaries, projects where by the teacher acquires up to date knowledge on how the students in his / her class are progressing. In Primary Phase knowledge and skills acquired are mapped against the expected curriculum standards and this enable teachers to assess what the students are secure in and what further areas require to be developed. In the Secondary Phase subject teachers set homework regularly as well as continuous class-based assessments and offer this formative feedback to students regularly. Parents are able to contact the School at any time if there are concerns about any aspect of a child’s learning or understanding of a particular topic or subject. IN Early Years parents are regular visitors to the classroom and are provided with an almost daily update on progress informally by the class teacher. Learning Journeys are shared with the parents as are samples of their child’s creative class work.

How often is the more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings?

  • The School undertakes Baseline Tests at the start of each academic year for all year groups and there is a formal period of examination / testing towards the end of each term. These papers are marked and graded in accordance with National Curriculum guidelines and the results are reported to parents in our End of Term Reports which are made available through our parent portal. Each term ends with a Parent Teacher Consultation Meeting where parents, with their son or daughter, sits down with the class teacher or the subject specialist and review the content of the End of Term Report recently issued. The focus of these Meetings is always to praise good efforts and to point to what further improvements can be made to realise full potential.

What is your medium of instruction?

  • As a British Curriculum School, the medium of instruction is English.

Is Arabic taught as both a first language and second language in your school?

  • Yes, Arabic A is taught to native speaking Arab students and Arabic B to non-native speaking students.

Which other languages are taught?

  • We also offer Spanish from Year 5 upwards at present although, as we continue to grow and expand, we will offer other Community and Global languages to reflect our international ethos.

Do you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?

  • In September 2018 we set up our well-resourced and stimulating EAL Department staffed by two English specialist teachers and a Linguistic Support Assistant. This Department works both with class teachers to support them in adapting their planning to the needs of students whose first language is not English and with students themselves through various levels of intervention sessions as need dictates. It is great to see students, new to English, grow in confidence as their ability to communicate increases daily.

    Is Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?

    • Yes – we offer Islamic Studies A for Arab speaking Muslims and Islamic Studies B for non-Arab speaking Muslims.

    Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?

    • Yes – we have separate Prayer Rooms for boys and girls.

    Does your school measure Value Added data? Please provide details of your current Value-Added average scores

    • We have our own internal system of measuring progress which follows broadly the system adopted in the UK. At present our highest Year Group is Year 10 who, as yet, have not undertaken external iGCSE Examinations. As the School continues to grow, especially at Secondary Level, through the data systems we have developed, following UK best practice, we are confident that our Value-Added Data will reflect the hard work of all our staff and students on a daily basis. We believe a good school adds value daily.

    If external examinations and assessments are part of your curriculum, which ones do you offer?

    • The School has introduced a series of robust external tests and assessments to ensure that our internal assessment practices support and complement the external ones. Over the last two years we have introduced: Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT4) in Years 3 – 10
      • Progress Tests in English & Mathematics from GL Assessments in Years 6 – 9
      • NGRT Reading Tests in Years 2 – 10
      • IBT ACER Tests in Arabic
    • Our Year 10 students are currently undertaking a suite of iGCSE courses following Schemes of Work by EdExcel, AQA and CIE Examination Boards.

    Do you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?

    • We are a homework school and we don’t apologise for that! Learning does not stop after the lesson is over and we are keen to develop our students’ independent research skills though home learning. We issue parents will a Parent Handbook at the start of the Academic Year which details the recommended amount of time that should be spent on Homework. This ranges from 10 hours per week for Key Stage 4 (Sunday to Thursday) to 2 ½ hours per week for Year 1.

    How do you support gifted, able and talented students?

    • The School has developed a clear Policy on Most Able students. Firstly we identify those students through scrutiny of external cognitive data. We also seek information from teachers who work with our students daily and who are in the best position to receive specific subject talent and ability. This information is shared with all teachers though Continuous Professional Development sessions to enable all staff to plan “stretch and challenge” lessons for our Most Able students. In addition to this differentiated classroom approach we have set up and are developing further provision for G & T enrichment sessions such as our Most Able mathematicians attending the National Ken Ken Challenge. (In 2019 one of students came second in the Abu Dhabi / Al Ain heat and will now go through to the UAE National Final). For students gifted in Art they have participated in the My Identity National Art Competition. The School has recently registered with Tournament of Minds, a well-established Australian programme which challenges teams of G & T students with open ended challenges and requires them to exercise creativity, imagination and communication skills and their efforts are judged with other students internationally.

    What percentage of your sixth form that take exams at 18 go to university, and where, in general, do they go?

    • We currently do not have a Sixth Form but hope to open one in 2 years time offering Advanced Levels, the “gold standard” of English education.

    Do you have a learning support team in your school?

    • For the last 4 years we have had a committed and experienced SEND Department, lead by a highly effective SENCO, in the School which continues to support our most vulnerable students.

    Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?

    • We are able to support students with some or moderate learning needs. We are not able to support students with significant learning needs at this stage of our development.

    Please provide comprehensive details of how well your school did in external exams for students at 16 and at 18 years of age? Please provide sufficient detail to allow parents to have a view on how academic your school is?

    • As stated above our oldest Year Group is currently Year 10 and so we have no track record of Key Stage 4 or 5 External Examinations at present.

    Does your school have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?

    • As stated above we have an experienced SENCO, assisted by a qualified SEND teacher and two Learning Support Assistants trained in SEND. Students with particular SEND needs are invited to the School for an initial assessment. This assessment, together with any information provided by the parent from other external assessment centers, helps the School reach a decision as to whether we are in a position to meet the student’s needs. To us this is a sensible approach to supporting those students we feel we can support.

    Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?

    • The School works closely with external Centres which have a team of specialist Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. We have built up good links with some local providers and when these Centres, the School and the parents all work together the child benefits. With parental permission we have experts from these Centres in the school conducting observations of children in classroom settings, liaising with teachers and offering recommendations to both staff and parents alike.

    Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?

    • We have a long established and very active Parent Council Group which has been in existence since the School opened and continues to grow, driving forward new initiatives. A member of that group sits on the Board of Governors.

    Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?

    • Yes – in Early Years for example we have parents coming to read to students. In Arabic lessons older generations come in and share their stories of the UAE as was; parents who are doctors and nurses come and share their medical expertise with our students. We organize key events in the calendar which have become well established in the local community. Our International Day celebration is a massive event, full of colour, music, taste and laughter. Not to be missed!

    Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?

    • Yes – a member of the Parent Council sits on the Governing Body which meets termly.

    Do you offer specific activities, events or information sessions for those parents new to the school and/or area?

    • We hold termly Coffee Mornings for new and establish parents. At the start of the Academic Year we have week-long Parent Orientation meetings for new and returning parents. We have key morning and evening events throughout the year such as Open Mornings both at weekends and during the School week as well as Key Stage Pathway Evenings. There are many opportunities for our parents to attend class Assemblies, Early Years Graduation Ceremonies as well as other key events such as Student Investiture, Family Fun Fair and National Day Celebrations, to name a few. There is a very strong sense of community at Diyafah International School. This community spirit of staff, parents and pupils working together is tangible.

    DIYAFAH PARENT PORTAL – USER GUIDE

    How to login to Diyafah Parent Portal?

    • Launch the School Website www.diyafahinternationalschool.com
    • Click on “PARENT PORTAL” displayed on the top right corner of your screen.
    • Choose the relevant Academic Year eg. 2019-2020. This will bring up the login screen, provide the Parent username (i.e. P followed by a 5 digit number) and password provided to you by the School.  ( If you have forgotten your password please click on “Forgot Password” to send password to your registered email id )
    • To update your password, click on Change Password, on the Home page of Parent Portal.

    What information is available on the portal?

    The Portal view will currently have the following information:

    • Communications: All Circulars, Newsletters, Homework, Weekly planners, Policies and Alerts will be available to view.
    • Home: for centralised viewing of all currently active modules.
    • Parent Profile: lists the parents’ profile as per information held in our database
    • Student Profile: lists the student’s profile as per Information held in our current database.
    • Library: Lists all Books relevant to Student’s year group, which can be viewed and reserved online.
    • Report Cards: Displays the Students’ Internal and External Report Cards published.
    • Fees & Services:
      • Fees: Lists the School Fees as per instalments payable.
        Upon payment all receipts can be viewed and printed online at home or viewed using a mobile device.
        For all payment related queries please write to ebilling@diyafahinternationalschool.com
      • Other Events/Activities: Lists all payments for internal and external events and activities hosted by the school and registered/enrolled for by the student.
    • Contacts: Lists contact details of services at Diyafah International School.

    How to access/view siblings with parent login?

    • Click on the Student Profile (Displayed on left side of screen) and choose the student from the dropdown to view the information corresponding to the student selected such as report cards, fees and communications
    • If any changes need to be made in the Student Profile page, kindly contact the Registrar registrar@diyafahinternationalschool.com

    How to update address/email id/phone nos.?

    • Upon successful login, Parent Profile page is displayed which lists details of Father and Mother held in our database.
    • These details can be updated anytime.
      **Please keep all details on this page updated at all times to ensure you received all communications circulated by the School via SMS and Emails, which are always sent to this registered contacts ONLY.

    Photography Consent

    • Click on the Student Profile (Menu on left side of screen) and select the student for whom you would want to view the details.
    • At the bottom of the page, Photography consent declaration is available.
    • Choose Yes or No and click on Submit if you haven’t done earlier.
    • The Submit button will be available only if the consent wasn’t given earlier.

    How to access Report Cards?

    • To access Report Cards, Click on Student Profile (Menu on left side of screen). Choose the student for whom you would want to view the report card.
    • Click on Report Cards (Menu on left side of screen)
    • 3 Click on Internal Exams to view the relevant Report Card. For students of Year 3 onwards, External exams as well will be displayed, which holds report cards for external exams such as CAT4, GL Assessments, etc.

    Communications – Circulars/Newsletters/Alerts….

    • Click on Student Profile (Menu on left side of screen). Choose the student for whom you would want to view the school communications
    • Click on Communications (Menu on left side of screen) and then navigate into the specific section within such as Alert, Circular, Homework, Newsletter, Policies, Resources.

    How to make Online Payment?

    • To check outstanding Fee details, Go to Fees & Services (Menu on left side of screen) > Fees > Invoice
    • Select the Term(s) for which you would want to make the payment and click on Confirm to Pay button at the bottom of the page.
    • Once you click “Confirm to pay” you will be re-directed into our privacy policy. You are required to Agree to the proceed. Once you agree, Click on Proceed to Pay.
    • In the next screen please enter your credit/debit card details. (Cash/Cheque payments can be made by visiting the Schools Fee Counter)
    • Once payment is made, your payment details will be shown on the portal as PAID.

    Parent Portal Support

    • For any queries or assistance related to Parent Portal, please send an email to parentportal@diyafahinternationalschool.com and we will respond within ONE WORKING DAY.
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ONLINE PROTOCOL for Parents & Students

I would like to thank you for your positive feedback regarding the first few days of the online, distance learning which we have undertaken. Based on feedback from staff, students and parents, we have prepared a set of guidelines and requirements below for both parents and students so that we may continue to maximize learning during this period.

Parents

  • Please check and read all communication from the school, daily.
  • Review the weekly eLearning plans being posted in advance on the Parent Portal and share with your children.
  • Ensure that your child/ren has the necessary access requirements and devices to effectively participate in the online MS Teams lessons.
  • Ensure the device provided to your child/ren has the necessary restrictions - Parental Lock, Explicit Content Block applied to avoid inappropriate access. The school has no control on student/s home devices and services
  • Provide as best as possible a quiet, focused eLearning environment at home
  • Ensure that your child/ren are logged in and ready to begin their daily activities and, as required, are ready and logged in for MS Teams Lessons as detailed in the Weekly eLearning Plans.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions/clarify doubts with the teachers, during TEAMs lesson in a courteous and patient manner.
  • Ensure that you child completes all assignments within the stipulated timeframe.
  • Ensure that your child/ren maintain a folder either digital or paper ready to share with their teachers if and when they resume school.
  • Please note that online lessons are strictly for students only. Please do not participate or interject during lessons, class discussions or conversations.
  • Please refrain from sending messages to teachers on Teams during lessons. If a parent has a question for the teacher then please email the teacher and he or she will respond separately from the eLearning platform.
  • Please also find a very helpful guide to parents from Abu Dhabi Safeguarding Group which has lots of useful tips to help parents and their children through this difficult time.
  • https://parentzone.org.uk/article/how-look-after-your-family%E2%80%99s-mental-health-when-you%E2%80%99re-stuck-indoors

Students

  • Ensure that you are prepared and ready to commence lessons as per the eLearning Plan details including when you will have MS TEAMS lessons with your teacher(s) throughout the week.
  • All normal school classroom rules apply as if the lessons were being conducted at school i.e. inappropriate language, inappropriate content or interfering with the learning of others will not be permitted.
  • The MS Teams channels are to be used only for educational purposes and students should refrain from exchanging personal messages and posting irrelevant messages/pictures or changing the content as posted by the class teacher.
  • Students must not be initiating meetings. They should join in a Teams Meeting chaired by the teacher.
  • Students must not mute/remove/add attendees from meetings which interferes with the learning of others.
  • Students are not allowed to take pictures or record videos of each other or of their teachers or of the lessons.
  • It is the responsibility of all students to use the eLearning platforms correctly, follow the instructions of the teachers and interact with other students logged into the session with courtesy and respect.
  • All activities being conducted through the students’ O365 account are being monitored and any misuse of this resource may warrant disciplinary action as per the school’s behaviour code.
  • Students must complete the online assessments as part of the eLearning process. Teachers will then be in a better position to evaluate the progress of each student.
  • Course content on MS Teams and OneNote are considered the property of DIS, regardless of original ownership. This material should not be distributed.
  • This is a learning experience for us all and if we all follow the correct rules and procedures then this will ensure maximum teaching and learning opportunities.
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