‘Welcome message from Harshan Nalaka - Head of Inclusion’

GEMS Founders School, Dubai is an inclusive school and our Mission is ‘Together we inspire creative, mindful learners who value diversity , support one another and strive for success’.

The GEMS vision for Inclusive Education is that we achieve excellence together by all students receiving the support they need to meaningfully belong to their school and wider community, feel valued for their contributions, engage purposefully in learning and experience academic, cultural, social and emotional success in a common learning environment. 

At GEMS Founders School, Dubai we welcome children with a range of learning preferences, including students of determination (students with special education needs and disabilities), students who are gifted and talented and students who are English Language Learners. Our staff are committed to educating all students in a common learning environment with similar-aged peers. At GEMS Founders School, Dubai diversity is made visible as a strength, respectful relationships are continually enhanced and all children fully participate in learning through adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to meet the diverse range of learners reflected in wider society.

Please share full details of any special educational needs, individual education plans (IEPs) and any Educational Psychologist, Pediatric, or other specialist reports (e.g., Speech and Language or Occupational Therapy) if completed. Sharing educational history with At GEMS Founders School, Dubai prior to a place being offered is essential so that staff can ensure an appropriate assessment of educational need, educational plan and resourcing is in place. Admission is not conditional on the submission of a medical diagnosis and we have effective transition processes in place for all children without a formal diagnosis.

Students are not refused admission based only on their experience of a special education need or disability (SEND) and we give sibling priority for admission to students who experience SEND. Staff follow KHDA guidance and procedures for scenarios where, very rarely, it may not be in the best interests of the child to be placed in at GEMS Founders School, Al Barsha. This information will be shared with the KHDA, following expected procedures. Due to current demand for places at GEMS Founders, Dubai we are not always able to offer a place.

Click the links below to learn more about the dedicated Inclusion team in GEMS Founders School. 


Advocating for Inclusive Education – A guide for parents

This guide is the first of its kind designed to enable parents to become better informed and more confident as they navigate the best way forward for their children of determination. 

Click Here to Read it through

Documentation and GEMS Founders School Policies

At GEMS Founders school, inclusive education and pastoral care is at the heart of our practice. Within our school, the inclusion team will support students who are identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, English Language Learners, English as a second language and Gifted and Talented Students. 

GEMS Founders school works in line with the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017) and incorporates good working practice in line with legislation such as:



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