Management Celebrates Rising IGCSE and AS Exam Results Trend

The Ta'allum Management group, led by Mr Ahmed Al Mannai (CEO) and Dr Mohammed Saefan (Director of Education), met on September 19th for an in-depth analysis of students' IGCSE and AS examination results from Summer 2018. In this annual meeting, participants shared insights and best practices which will lead to a continued cycle of improvement in the year ahead.

In the presence of Academy Principals and Assessment Coordinators, Heads of Secondary School (Andy Hubble [AMAB], Fionnuala Doherty [AMAG] and James Batts [AJA]) presented their detailed school-level analyses. All schools reported significantly rising trends in student performance. In particular, the Al Maha Boys' Academy Boys' 100% 2 AS-level pass rate received special praise.

Most important of all were the lessons to learn for the year ahead. New specifications in British exams are bringing fresh challenges. It was noted that there is greater emphasis on extended writing answers, comprehension, and on problem-solving.

As Ta'allum progress against international and Qatar benchmarks is very good in a number of subjects, the priority moves towards helping students gain more A* and A grades.

To that end, Dr Mohammed Saefan highlighted literacy as the top priority. He said, ‘Changing students' attitudes towards reading and promoting a love of reading, particularly with boys, are the challenges we must tackle.' In keeping with the forward thinking and progressive mindset of the Ta'allum organisation, Mr Al Mannai also emphasised championing e-learning and online testing. Ta'allum has invested in and established the OWLTS online testing programme.

The introduction of the ‘state of the art' Microsoft Power BI programme which gives instant assessment data analysis by class, whole academy and individual pupil to monitor teachers and students' progress. The tool provides all Senior leaders with the data and questions to drive further improvement.

This meeting underlined the Ta'allum commitment to excellence and intelligent accountability. The future looks bright.

(Pictures show the Ta'allum Management group reflecting on the 2018 examination results.)

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