81% of Dubai students attend private schools rated Good or higher

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Eighty-one per cent of students in Dubai now attend private schools rated Good or higher compared to 77 per cent during last year’s inspection cycle.

That's according to results released by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which shows nearly 49,500 pupils have benefitted from this improvement.

A total of 209 schools with more than 360,000 students enrolled were inspected this year, including 10 schools that were inspected for the first time.

A total of 23 schools were rated Outstanding, 48 were rated Very Good, 85 Good and 51 Acceptable, while two were rated Weak with no schools rated as Very Weak. Overall ratings improved for 26 schools while three schools saw a decline in their ratings.

Commenting on the results, Aisha Abdulla Miran, Director General of KHDA, said: "Our schools are among the world’s highest performing, according to international assessments, ranking sixth for literacy in PIRLS, top 10 globally for maths, and top 14 for science and reading in PISA assessments."

"These results reaffirm Dubai’s competitiveness as a world-class destination for education, in line with the leadership’s vision set out in the Dubai Economic Agenda D33 and Dubai Social Agenda 33," she added.

Key statistics

  • 209 private schools in Dubai were inspected during the academic year 2023-24.
  • 10 schools were inspected for the first time this academic year.
  • 19,782 classroom visits carried out by inspectors.
  • 4,407 hours of dialogue and discussion with students, parents, and school leaders.
  • 81% of students receive an education rated Good or higher.
  • 83% of schools offer well-being provision rated Good or higher.

Improvement across quality indicators

This year, 90 per cent of schools improved in one or more quality indicators. Of these improvements, 67 per cent are related to student outcomes, 26 per cent to schools’ provisions for learners, and 7 per cent to leadership.

Schools in Dubai improved the progress of students in Arabic as a first language, with 64 per cent of schools rated Good or higher, compared to 52 per cent in the previous year; and 77 per cent of schools rated Good or higher for progress of students in Islamic education, compared to 68 per cent during the 2022-23 academic year.

Private schools in Dubai have made great progress in reducing barriers to learning and ensuring equitable access to education. Inclusive education has improved, with a substantial 76 per cent of schools now providing Good or higher rated provisions for for students of determination.

Wellbeing provision remains a strong focus, with 83 per cent of schools offering wellbeing provision rated Good or higher.

Fatma Belrehif, CEO of Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau (DSIB) said: "We encourage parents to read the reports and gain insights about the quality of education in their children’s schools. We are committed to work with our education community to raise the quality of education in Dubai and align with the future goals of Dubai."

Inspections during 2024-25 academic year

Private schools in Dubai will not be subjected to full inspections during the 2024-25 academic year, with the exception of new schools that will complete their third year of operation during the next academic year.

This decision aims to support the teaching and learning process for students and gives schools the opportunity to implement changes to support their development and improvement plans.

The DSIB team will conduct quality assurance visits that target specific focus areas to monitor schools’ progress on improvement plans during the next academic year.

Schools that wish to undergo a full inspection may submit a request to the inspection team, which will be subject to review and approval upon the KHDA’s discretion.

Full inspection reports and individual parent summary reports for the 2023-24 academic year are now available on the KHDA website and mobile app.

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