Having returned to the UAE from the UK in August 2020, after previously working at Dubai College between 2015-2017, it was a privilege to take up the role of Head of History at Safa Community School. Having worked hard to put the department in a strong position and seeing increasing numbers of students opt to take the subject as a GCSE option next year, I leave the History Department in safe hands moving into the next academic year.
The school has provided me with an excellent opportunity to move into Senior Leadership and take on the role of Whole School Improvement – Arabic and Islamic. The new role offers me the chance to help raise the profile and promote Arabic and Islamic culture and heritage within the school and wider community, alongside leading improvement in teaching and learning in the departments.
I look forward to working closely with Rehab Khalifa and Feras Al Tahaineh who have both built strong foundations in the Arabic and Islamic Departments. My role is to support, assist and continue to build upon the excellent foundations on the journey to achieve our goals.
Importantly, as a school built upon a community ethos, I also look forward to meeting and building strong relationships with our Arabic and Islamic Parental Communities, recognising the important role our parents play in reinforcing the pillar of community at Safa.
Since becoming a teacher ten years ago, I have had seven years experience as a Middle Leader, leading both History and Humanities Departments in the UK and UAE. During this time I have overseen the development of teaching staff at various stages of their teaching career, providing them with the necessary coaching, guidance and mentoring to become reflective practitioners in their subjects. Aside from Middle Leadership, I have also had Whole School Responsibility in the UK overseeing Key Stage 3 (Secondary) reporting, leading staff INSET, teacher training and the tracking/analysis of Key Stage 3-5 (Secondary) data.