More than 100 teachers from 15 private schools in Dubai have become the first to receive their teachers’ licence as part of the Teacher and Educational Leadership Standards (TELS) pilot project.

The teachers’ licence will set minimum standards for the quality of teaching across the UAE, improve the quality of education across Dubai’s private schools sector and help to meet 2021 National Agenda targets. The pilot phase, which ran from May to September, evaluated the effectiveness of the licensing process, and involved the feedback of participating teachers and school leaders.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai said: “The quality of teaching in Dubai will always be equal to the quality of our teachers.

The TELS licence will enable parents to be sure that their child’s teachers are fully qualified, and will help to further raise the quality of teaching and learning across Dubai. We’re grateful to our friends at the National Qualifications Authority and British University in Dubai for their support and guidance, and we congratulate the first cohort of teachers to receive their licence.

Dr. Naji Al Mehdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards (QAD) at KHDA, said: “The teacher licensing system has been developed based on international best practices and the shared goals of all those in Dubai’s education community. The schools and teachers participating in the pilot phase have provided great feedback that will make the process more efficient next year. Teacher licensing will ensure that teaching practices in Dubai are in line with global standards.”

Full implementation of the TELS licence, including all teachers at all private schools in Dubai, will begin at the start of the new academic year in September 2017. The TELS project is organised by KHDA, with the support of the National Qualifications Authority and the British University in Dubai.