“The school’s support for pupils with SEND and those pupils whose first language is not English is outstanding. As soon as a concern is raised, a team of highly qualified professionals ensures that there is accurate identification of the pupil’s specific needs, carefully planned support, adaptation of learning activities and regular monitoring of progress and excellent communication with the pupil and parent.”

-BSO Inspection Report (October 2021)

At DIS, we recognise that every child is unique and special. We provide a distinctive educational experience and take each child on a journey of self-discovery, helping them realize their qualities and prepare them for the challenges of an ever-changing modern world. Our rich and varied curriculum ensures that every child is given opportunities and support in a safe, caring, and stimulating environment.

Our vision is to create an inspiring, inclusive, aspirational learning culture that enhances and promotes achievement. We aim to ensure each child is developed holistically and reaches their true potential and progresses from their individual starting point. All teachers are committed to getting to know each student well and building quality relationships. In collaboration with parents, our shared goal is to meet their child’s individual needs and strive to break down any barriers preventing the child from making the progress we know they capable of.

If you want to know how DIS can cater for your child, get in touch with our Inclusion Support team:

Assistant Head/Whole School Inclusion Lead: Lisa Boer (

Primary SENDCo: Suzanne Munn (

Secondary SENDCo: Craig Reece (

Please click on the following links for details of the Inclusion provision at Deira International School:

Policy for Provision for Students of Determination

Advocating for Inclusive Education – A Guide for Parents

Advocating for Inclusive Education – A Guide for Parents (Arabic)

Law No. (2) of 2014 concerning Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirates of Dubai

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol, Federal Law No. (29) of 2006 concerning the Rights of People of Determination

Federal Law No. (3) of 2016 on child rights (Wadeema’s Law)

Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework