Ta’allum Sets Bar High for New Academic Year

The most Senior Officers and Leaders of the Ta’allum Education and Training Group convened for their inaugural meeting of the academic year to set on an aspirational agenda for 2018 - 2019.

The team, comprising CEO, Mr Ahmed Al Mannai; Director of Education, Dr Mohammed Saefan; and the Academy Principals: Ms Alison McDonald (Al Maha Girls Academy), Mr Shuja Uddin (Al Maha Boys Academy), and Mr Sheldon Smith (Al Jazeera Academy) clarified the core priorities for the year ahead across the 3 Academies.

Uppermost on the agenda was readiness for visits by members of the WASC (Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) teams from the USA next February and March, 2019. The visitors will assess the educational standards and progress of each Ta’allum Academy.

Principals are currently leading their Academies through a rigorous preparatory evidence-based process of self-evaluation involving every member of staff. The process is designed to produce a continuous cycle of progressive, ongoing and rapid improvement. All developments are firmly rooted in the distinctive Ta’allum ethos of Islamic foundations and values to produce well rounded future leaders.

Other core priorities discussed included the primacy and effectiveness of thorough, detailed lesson planning by teachers to meet students’ learning needs and the centrality of the Performance Management process in conveying and appraising the key targets for everyone in a fair, transparent manner.

There was also an in-depth discussion of the ongoing drive to increase successful utilization of digital technology and e-learning in all classroom settings. The aim is to produce independent learners who can adapt to the vast changes in the future. For the year ahead Ta’allum Group has invested in the OWL Test Management System (OWLTS) which is a flexible online test builder and exam management system. Ta’allum teachers will be able to create, deliver and manage custom computer-based assessments and other e-learning lesson resources. It has the potential for educational transformation in testing and assessment.

Dr Mohammed Saefan said, ‘We can approach the important year ahead with a clear focus, a strong sense of optimism and absolute commitment to the success of all our young people.’

CEO, Mr Ahmed Al Mannai emphasised, ‘At Ta’allum Group we aspire to be the best and we must demand the highest standards of our staff and students at all times. There is no greater responsibility than to prepare the next generation for their future.’

(Photos, L - R: CEO, Mr Ahmed Al Mannai; Director of Education, Dr Mohammed Saefan; and the Academy Principals: Ms Alison McDonald [Al Maha Girls Academy], Mr Shuja Uddin [Al Maha Boys Academy], and Mr Sheldon Smith [Al Jazeera Academy].) 

Senior Officers and Leaders of the Ta’allum Education and Training Group

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