A well-rounded educational program that is suitable for the diverse learners!

Our aim is to provide a well- rounded educational program that is suitable for the diverse intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of all our students. The school does not employ a filtering process based on the presence of a student’s disability. Priority admission is provided for a Student of determination with a sibling already on roll in the school.

Cambridge International School is highly committed to be an inclusive school ensures Students of determination are “Welcome” with flexible agreements and where necessary modification, adaptation and differentiation takes place to ensure ‘A School for All’. CIS welcomes students with a variety of needs including those who are gifted and talented, special educational needs, or have physical, emotional, cultural social and language challenges.

Please share full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Paediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy) if completed. Sharing educational history with us, prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place. Admission is not conditional on the submission of a medical diagnosis and we have effective transition processes in place for all children without a formal diagnosis.

At CIS all students have an entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is differentiated to enable them to understand the relevance and purpose of learning activities. Teachers use a range of strategies to meet student’s needs. Teachers differentiate or modify teaching and learning keeping in mind student baseline and to reduce learning barriers.

Individual Education Plans (IEP), which employ a small-steps approach, feature significantly in the provision that we make in the school. We ensure that children experience success and to reduce barriers in learning. There are times when to maximise learning, we ask the student to work in small groups, or in a one-to-one situation outside the classroom along with an LSA to reduce learning barriers. To maximize learning, students are able to avail alternative curriculum pathways by the BTEC qualification and ASDAN which is vocationally inclined.

CIS works closely with parents to encourage an active partnership through an ongoing communication. The involvement of parents is a key factor to the success of the provision for student of determination and/or additional educational needs. Ongoing parental engagement is encouraged and the Inclusion team offers regular workshops, review meetings and operate an open door policy.

Advocating for Inclusive Education – A guide for parents

This guide is the first of its kind designed to enable parents to become better informed and more confident as they navigate the best way forward for their children of determination. 

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From the Head of Inclusion

Kirstie Clark

The heart of inclusive education

At its heart, inclusive education is a provision that is committed to educating all students, including students identified as experiencing special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in a common learning environment. In such settings, all students have access to quality instruction, intervention, and support, so that they experience success in learning.



  • Advocating for Inclusive Education_A guide for parents

  • Directives and guidelines for Inclusive Education

  • Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework

  • Executive Council Resolution No2

  • Implementing Inclusive Education_A Guide For Schools

  • Law No2 of 2014

  • SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015

  • SOD Policy - Arabic

  • CIS Inclusion Students of Determination Policy and Procedures - English

  • UN Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities

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