What’s Fuelling the Growth in Boarding Schools in the UAE? With Ruth Burke

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In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast Leisa Grace and Ruth Burke examine what’s fuelling the growth in boarding schools in the UAE and the Middle East. They chat about boarding schools 2.0 and 3.0. What do they look like? What do they offer and what is the future of boarding schools in the region. Join them and listen now.

Bio: Ruth Burke, who joined the school in August 2021, is a passionate and inspiring educator, with a career spanning more than three decades – teaching in Ireland, the UK and the UAE. During her career, Ruth has driven her schools to receive Outstanding ratings from the KHDA and has a deep understanding of the International Baccalaureate education programme, which aims to develop students’ intellectual, emotional, personal and social skills ready for a globalised world.

Having served as a principal at three Dubai schools – Jumeirah English Speaking School, GEMS Wellington International School and Deira International School, Dubai, during the last 13 years, Ruth has almost unrivalled experience of what it means to teach and manage schools in a truly multicultural environment.

Her achievements include improving academic outcomes, increasing attainment for UAE nationals, developing better parent/teacher communications, transparency and engagement, and achieving improvements across the board at all her schools.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Education degree with Honours from Trinity College, Dublin and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management from the UK’s University of Bath.

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