Gifted and Talented Education

Gifted and Talented Education Program at Hartland International School

One of Dubai’s most exciting new schools, Hartland International School, is all set for the September 2015 opening. The building located in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, 3km from the Burj Khalifa and within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City will be ready for occupation by early June 2015, in preparation for the School’s opening for the new academic year.

Hartland International School will follow the National Curriculum of England through a day-boarding model. Students will be admitted from the foundation stage (FS1 & FS2 for ages 3 to 5) up to Year 6 in the first year and subject to KHDA approval, additional years as the school grows and will be provided with a safe, happy and innovative learning environment.  As part of the curriculum, students will study key courses including English, Mathematics and Science, Humanities, Languages, Computing and Technology courses and The Arts. Children will also gain proficiency in three languages; English, Arabic and one additional language selected from French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.

The school is also committed towards nurturing and developing young talent through a professional and scientific approach. Hartland International School have recently appointed Martin Stephen, a world expert in Gifted and Talented education, as the Project Leader for the school’s “Gifted and Talented Education” Program.

Hartland International School will make sure that children who show early signs of promising talent don’t go unnoticed. With their Gifted and Talented education programme, their teachers will recognise the children’s keen interests in a particular field and help build on them to achieve significantly higher outcomes.

Martin Stephen is a renowned author and prolific broadcaster. He was instrumental in the formation of the first ‘City Academy’ in the UK, and pioneered the Independent/State Schools Partnership Forum. Martin was one of the youngest Heads in the UK when he was appointed Headmaster of The Perse School, Cambridge.  In 27 years of Headship, he became only the second man in history to hold both the ‘High Master’ posts in the UK, moving from The Perse School to become the High Master of The Manchester Grammar School, and then High Master of St Paul’s School, London.  In his tenure of office at St Paul’s, the school became the highest achiever at A-level in the UK.

The gifted and talented education program at Hartland International School will be steered forward by Martin. Martin will be discussing key issues regarding gifted and talented graduates moving into the workplace and will draw on his own first-hand experiences and international research to scrutinize techniques and practices from leading countries, exploring the more divisive issues that have damaged teaching worldwide.

Hartland International School is certainly raising the bar for standards of education in the UAE. The school has already welcomed parents and children to its Discovery Centre, which has in-built classrooms and the latest educational technology on the fifth floor of the Sobha Sapphire Building on Al Khail Road. Parents, teachers and students can visit the Discovery Centre from 8.30am to 4.30pm Sunday to Thursday, and Saturday by appointment. Enrolment for the September 2015 start date has commenced at the ‘Discovery Centre’. For more information, please visit their website: Hartland International School.

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