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NEW INITIATIVE – ESTABLISHMENT OF RAK ACADEMY EDUCATION OFFICE

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Dear Parents,

 

I am delighted to announce an important new development at RAK Academy. From the start of next academic year, we are establishing a centralised ‘Education Office’. The core functions of this office will be to work closely with each Head of School across the Academy to raise standards and improve outcomes for our students in all aspects of their learning.

 

To ensure this has maximum impact, the Education Office will be led and driven by two highly qualified, experienced and talented educational leaders who will work closely with me as Executive Principal to raise expectations, to drive up aspirational achievement and to support our schools to provide the very best education for our students at all levels.

I congratulate Mr. Philip Lee on his appointment as RAK Academy’s ‘Head of Education.’ His areas of responsibility will include; supporting improvement and excellence in teaching and learning at all levels, ensuring quality assurance systems in all schools are rigorously applied to raise standards, and implementing transformative curriculum change to ensure RAK Academy produces academically strong and emotionally rich, lifelong learners. Phil will also work closely with external accreditation and inspection agencies to ensure that the raising of standards at RAK Academy is properly measured, recognised, and shared with all stakeholders.

 

The appointment of Mr. Sean Curran to the role of ‘Head of Inclusion" is an essential step forward for our family of schools as we embrace all elements of inclusion as a modern and high-performing organisation. Sean will be supporting schools to implement truly inclusive educational practices based on modern approaches and centered on meeting the needs of all of our learners, including challenges for our gifted and talented students. His remit also includes the development of EAL strategies across all schools. He will have oversight of well-being and pastoral-support practices to ensure our students are fully developed to reach their potential.

 

Please find further information about each colleague below.

 

With regards,

Graham Beale

Executive Principal

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Head of Education Philip Lee – BSc(Hons), PGDip, QTS

 

Philip is a highly effective, dynamic school leader with a strong track record in bringing about a rapid yet sustained impact on student outcomes in a wide range of school settings. He trained and worked in a multi-academy trust as a teacher, Middle leader, and Senior Leader in the UK before beginning his international career. Philip has been working at RAK Academy as the School Improvement Partner (Standards) since August 2018 and believes there is a real culture of school improvement centered around a shared vision.

 

Philip is passionate about transformational change for the students at RAK Academy. He believes that excellent educational provision is delivered through a curriculum intent that is ambitious and designed to give all students the knowledge and skills to be successful, global citizens. Phil has wide expertise in developing teaching and learning models that ensure meaningfully and focused learning opportunities for students at all levels. He is highly regarded within RAK Academy for his drive and dedication to supporting continual school development and improvement.

 

Philip is a talented senior leader with experience in whole school self-evaluation, school improvement planning, and quality assurance frameworks and processes. He is experienced in working with a variety of Inspection and accreditation frameworks, including Ofsted (UK), the UAE School Inspection Framework, and British Schools Overseas (BSO). His experience as a BSO and MOE inspector is an indicator of his ability to successfully improve student outcomes through quality-first teaching and strategic school improvement processes.

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Head of Inclusion Sean Curran – BSc(Hons), PGC (Education, Autism, Inclusion)

 

Sean has been working in the field of Education since 2002 and has been a qualified teacher for 17 years. He has 8 years of senior leadership experience and Joined RAK Academy as School Improvement Partner (Student Provision) in August 2020. Prior to joining RAK Academy, Sean held a position between the Scottish Government and Edinburgh University where he lectured on Inclusive Education with a particular focus on Interrupted and disengaged learners, collaborated with Directors of Education, and advised Scottish Government Policy Officers on best practice in the field of Inclusion and Engagement in education.

 

After completing an undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology, he worked as a Teaching Assistant supporting children with severe and complex learning needs before completing a PGCE in Primary Education. He is a former Assistant Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher, and Head of Primary School. He holds Post Graduate Masters Certificates in Autism and Inclusive Practice. His professional and academic experiences drive his belief that all children can be responsible, successful learners. He is passionate about the best possible outcomes for all learners, ensuring their wellbeing, equity, and inclusion. Sean has a proven track record in improving attainment and achievement for key groups of learners across multiple education settings.

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