Inclusion & Wellbeing MENA 2022 - Dubai - Inclusion (Day 1)

Tuesday 17 May 2022 - Wednesday 18 May 2022
Crowne Plaza, Dubai

Join us on Tuesday 17 May for our Inclusion progamme at the Crowne Plaza, Dubai.

This year, our workshops are arranged into 3 core strands:

A. Create truly inclusive classrooms that provide for individual need

B. Deepen excellence in your inclusion leadership and management

C. Gain specialist insight and interventions in our spotlight sessions.


Registration (08:00 - 08:45)

Welcome from Optimus Education (08:45)

Chair's Welcome (08:50)

Louise Dawson, Education Consultant and Inclusion specialist

Inclusion leadership (09:00)

Take control to integrate inclusion and ensure the impact of whole-school strategic leadership

Professor Eman Gaad, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Professor of Special and Inclusive Education,  British University in Dubai

Building your team (09:30)

Collaborate and communicate to equip your general teachers to recognise, adapt and modify and be an integral part of IEP implementation

Noha Shaaban, Educational Consultant and Inclusive Education Expert, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, The American University in Cairo

Creating truly inclusive classrooms (10:00)

Panel input followed by sharing of strategies and interventions that have seen success in your setting

Supporting students of determination through technology (10:30)

Questions and answers (10:50)


Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition (11:00 - 11:30)


Workshop Choices (11:30 - 12:20)

1A. Quality First Teaching

Focus on high quality inclusive provision by equipping every teacher with tools to address individual need and support progress

Wendy Harris, Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion, Wellington International School

1B. Building Relationships

Deepen the systematic involvement of parents as active, collaborative partners to drive inclusive, child-centred provision

1C. Spotlight on... Dyslexia

Engage and empower your dyslexic students to thrive and excel

Professor Eman Gaad, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Professor of Special and Inclusive Education,  British University in Dubai


Lunch, networking and exhibition (12:20 - 13:20)


Tolerance and inclusivity (13:20 - 14:05)

Celebrate the value of different and how to work with families and stakeholders to build inclusive impactivity in your community

Nick Watson, Co-Founder, Team Angel Wolf

Questions and answers (14:05 - 14:10)


Workshop choices (14:10 - 14:55)

2A. Barriers to learning

Identify and lower barriers to learning and gain practical interventions to support students to overcome obstacles

Dina Yassin, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Misr Language Schools, Giza, Egypt

Hear more about this session from Dina.

2B. Evidence and track provision

Use data effectively to triangulate and rigorously match and track interventions so precise needs can be best met

Catherine O’Farrell, Education Consultant, and Harmeet Kaur Dhillon, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Co-Founders, Incluzun

2C. Spotlight on...Autism

Support autistic students and create learning experiences that meet their needs. Includes a specialist focus on recognising and supporting autistic girls

Dalia Alzyod, Speech and Language Therapist, Lighthouse Arabia


Afternoon refreshments, networking and exhibition (14:55 - 15:15)


Workshop choices (15:15 - 16:00)

3A. Bilingual classrooms: EAL

Develop your inclusion department and ensure differentiation between 2nd language issues and SEN

Noha Shaaban, Educational Consultant and Inclusive Education Expert, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, The American University in Cairo

3B. Ensure rigour and a rich legacy

Monitor and review provision across your whole school to ensure excellence in inclusion which outlives change

Louise Dawson, Education Consultant and Inclusion specialist

3C. Spotlight on ADHD

Deepen your understanding of ADHD and build learning opportunities and environments where students with ADHD thrive


Improvement Planning (16:00 - 16:30)

Ensure robust evaluation of the impact of your inclusion department and plan effective next steps

Louise Dawson, Education Consultant and Inclusion Specialist


Conference closes at 16:30