United Arab Emirates


OECD Review of Well-being Policies and Practices in Dubai’s Private School Sector

In recent years, the Emirate of Dubai has been placing a stronger emphasis on people’s well-being with the aim of making Dubai “an inclusive and cohesive society (…) that is the preferred place to live, work and visit and a pivotal hub in the global economy”. Within the education sector, KHDA and private schools have introduced a number of initiatives to help raise awareness, measure and support students’ and staff’s well-being. Given the central role education and educators have in fostering and supporting empowered, healthy and happy communities, these interventions hold great potential. This report analyses the well-being policies and practices that KHDA and schools have implemented in Dubai’s private school sector. In order to fulfil this objective, the OECD has taken a holistic picture view of well-being in education, which is discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 looks at Dubai’s private schools as a whole, focusing on the school leadership and other key school staff. Chapter 4 focuses on teachers and their well-being, an issue that has been relatively overlooked until recently. Finally, Chapter 5 discusses student well-being and empowerment.

Published on December 15, 2021


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Executive Summary
Key insights
Education and well-being in Dubai’s private school sector
Well-being policies and practices in education: an overview
Well-being in Dubai’s private schools
Prioritising and supporting teacher well-being in Dubai’s private school sector
Supporting student well-being in Dubai’s private schools
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