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School Rules

Finding a good, value-for-money school where your child is happy is every parent’s holy grail. Joanna England and Karen Iley probe four experts on the current state of Dubai’s schools

Debate team

• Vice-chair of Jess Parent Group at Arabian Ranches Tricia Evans is mum to Siân, aged 12. A Jumeirah resident, she’s lived in Dubai for 16 years and is a business coach and writer.

• Eli Ghazel is a teacher trainer and educational consultant at Eton Institute. A regular commuter to Dubai since 2004, the father-of-two has lived in Al Barsha for a year.

• Francesca McGeary has lived in the UAE for five years, first as a teacher in Abu Dhabi and now as an independent educational consultant. An Al Barsha resident, she helps families find the right school for their child.

• Father-of-five Clive Pierrpont is Director of Communications and Marketing for Taaleem Schools. He has lived in Arabian Ranches for two years and his youngest son, Giordan, 12,
goes to Greenfield Community School.

If you’re a parent, we reckon you’ll expel a lot of hot air talking about education, whether you’re grumbling about rising school fees, singing the praises of an enthusiastic teacher, fretting that slacker Sally isn’t getting enough homework or just concerned that you’ve chosen the right school. The worst part? You’ve got 13 years of this. So, in an effort to steer us through the maze, we gathered four educational experts together over coffee at swish Japanese restaurant Zuma and picked their brains.

Time Out Dubai,

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