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When the BSME CPD Programme began in earnest, in 2011, we had only half a dozen schools officially listed as ‘host schools’. To date, thirty-five schools have already hosted for us and we now have forty-seven schools (approximately 65% of the total membership!) registered as willing hosts. That is a fantastic statistic and a real testament to the credibility of the the rapidly growing CPD Programme.

Such keen support is not only much appreciated, it is also essential to the success of the programme. Without it, the BSME CPD Programme simply could not run in the manner in which it does currently. Our sincere thanks go to all our host schools across the region.

How should host schools book their free places?

To claim host school free places, you will need to fill in the Host School Free Place form. Please click on the link below to download the form.

Booking Form - Host School Free Place

Please email this form to Sam via cpdassistant@bsme.org.uk before the course booking deadline. Please DO NOT register your free places online - all delegates registered online will be charged. Should host schools wish to book any additional (chargeable) places, they should do so on-line, in the ‘Programmes and Courses’ Section of the CPD area.

Kind Regards,

BSME CPD Coordinator

E: cpd@bsme.org.uk

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Deira International School

Website Age     Infant Junior Senior
www.disdubai.ae From 3 to 18 Yes Yes Yes
Address Admissions
Dubai Festival City
PO Box 79043
UAE - Dubai

Tel: (+971 4) 2325552

Fax: (+971 4) 2325151

Email: registrar@disdubai.ae

Director (Whole School) Jeff Smith
Principal - Secondary Ian Temple
Principal - Primary Martyn Clifford
Faculty Curriculum
153 National Curriculum for England and Wales
Qual/Exam Types Nationalities
IGCSE, IB Diploma 80
Enrolment Fee

Enrolment: 1549
Primary School (EY - Y6): 919
Middle School (Y7-Y9): 318
Senior School (Y10 - Y13): 312

Per Annum:
Primary School (EY-Y6): Dhs 36,289 - 51,290
Middle School (Y7 - Y9): Dhs 51,290 - 55,388
Senior School (Y10 - Y13): Dhs 58,119 - 73,115
Registration: Dhs 3000

Special Needs Provision

Approximately 10% of students per year group have special educational needs. DIS is an inclusive school and we have specialist learning support staff to accommodate a maximum of 10% SEN students to each year group in the Secondary School. The numbers or a little more flexible in the Primary school and will generally be above 10% SEN.


Deira International School (DIS) offers a high-quality international education within an atmosphere that is both sensitive to and consistent with, UAE culture and tradition. The 80,000 sqm campus is a uniquely designed, purpose-built facility which includes libraries, art rooms, vocal and instrumental music rooms, computer and science laboratories, design technology rooms, business studies centre, indoor gymnasium, swimming pool and a large sports field.

DIS broadly follows the National Curriculum for England and Wales enhanced by the best features of international education particularly the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The school accepts students aged from 3 to 18 (Early Years - Year 13). Senior students take the Cambridge Board IGCSE examinations in Year 11. In Years 12 and 13 students undertake highly competitive International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-Related Certificate (IBCC) Programme which combines the richness of the IB Curriculum with vocational training experiences. These highly regarded and internationally recognized pre-university qualifications, allow them the possibility of worldwide university entrance.

All students learn Arabic and are also expected to participate in sport, community service and field trips. Muslim students follow courses in Arabic and Islamic Studies as required by the Ministry of Education. Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) is taught across the school.

Specialised support is provided to students for whom English is a second language, students who excel and those with mild learning difficulties. English is the language of instruction. French and Spanish are also offered.

Outdoor Education is a significant part of the learning ethos at the school. Students are provided many opportunities to participate on camps and various expeditions abroad. DIS is a member of the British Schools in the Middle East Association (BSME) and the Middle East IB Association (MEIBA).

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