According to education sector regulator, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), which is responsible for overseeing school performance, curricula and standards in Abu Dhabi, has encouraged the development of schools that offer students the necessary preparation to face an ever changing world.
The emirate’s 256 public schools follow the curriculum set by the ADEC. This curriculum designed by Adec for pupils enrolled up to Grade 7 stresses the use of more interactive learning methods that foster creativity, innovation, critical and creative thinking. Implemented in phases, this enhanced curriculum, titled the New School Model, is expected to be implemented for public school pupils of all grades by 2016.
In the case of private schools, ADEC only oversees educational standards and outcomes, as well as teaching and leadership quality. This is usually done through inspection and monitoring visits. Schools are allowed to deliver the curriculum that they are licensed to offer, and use appropriate teaching methods.
However, education officials do urge that schools ensure a variety of extracurricular activities are offered to pupils.