- The Al Barsha based British Curriculum prep school screened a special film to other UAE teachers, showcasing its journey to becoming an Apple Distinguished School, and a leader in the use of digital technology
- Foremarke is committed to realizing the UAE government’s pledge as defined in National Agenda, Vision 2021 which aims for all schools, universities and students to be equipped with smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (March 5, 2019): Teachers and education specialists from across the UAE and Saudi Arabia gathered at Foremarke School, Dubai’s Prep School for children aged from three to 13, to learn about how they can achieve best practice in providing digital education in their respective schools.
Central to the event, which was also attended by parents of pupils and Foremarke’s teachers, was a special film showcasing the school’s unique and inspirational journey to becoming an Apple Distinguished School, which took place over two years. Apple Distinguished schools are centres of innovation, leadership and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment. There are only a handful of schools in the UAE who have been awarded this accolade, Repton Abu Dhabi being another.
The 10-minute film saw parents, teachers and pupils espousing the benefits of using technology in the classroom, and it showcased the highly inclusive environment that it creates which significantly aids the learning process and the academic development of each child.
Zoe Woolley, Headmistress of Foremarke School comments: “We were delighted to be sharing our experience of becoming an Apple Distinguished School with other educators in the region. The film puts across, very succinctly, how our use of digital technology has allowed pupils to excel across a range of subjects; how it encourages high levels of engagement, inspires confidence and boosts self-esteem in children from a very young age.”
The UAE government places a keen emphasis on the use of digital technology in education as a major contributor towards a first-rate education system and a diversified and knowledge-based economy. Its UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda aims for all schools, universities and students to be equipped with smart systems and devices as a basis for all teaching methods, projects and research.
Zoe Woolley adds:” Knowing that we are actively working towards this larger endeavor and inspiring other UAE schools to do the same is a very rewarding experience for our teaching faculty and our pupils. We are mindful that while achieving recognition through the Apple accreditation is very significant, we must continually evolve our digital offering to make sure it stays relevant and effective in meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Having a relationship with other schools who are focused on a similar agenda of vision and innovation is very important, and we see our film screening event as the start of further dialogue and co-operation between us.”
About Foremarke School Dubai
Foremarke School, one of the leading British preparatory schools for children aged three to 13 in Dubai and a part of Evolvence Knowledge Investments (EKI), welcomed its first pupils in 2013. It is the partner school of Foremarke Hall, Repton’s long established Preparatory School in the United Kingdom, and as such it mirrors the school’s belief in traditional values, one to one pastoral care and the overall holistic development of the child.
The school is located in Dubai Science Park, Al Barsha South, and features a large campus with outstanding facilities and amenities that contribute towards a child’s development beyond the classroom. The school combines the British curriculum with a range of non-curricula activities, ensuring exceptional quality of teaching and personalised attention for every pupil and boasting exceptional academic results, while being truly inclusive. Foremarke School is an accredited member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and an ‘IAPS World Hub School’. It was the first school in the UAE, and only the second school globally, to have been given this prestigious status. It has also been recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for 2018-2021 for its use of technology and compelling learning environment that engages students and enhance learning across all of its year groups.