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Gems Wellington International School, Dubai- Average gains of 43 months!

Average reading age gain: 43 months

Background:

GEMS Wellington is a highly successful international school in Dubai, rated Outstanding by the KHDA.  

Having witnessed the success whilst a Deputy Head in a UK Lexonik school, the now Deputy Head of Secondary at GEMS WIS was keen to replicate the rapid successes as part of his plan as newly appointed SLT to improve literacy standards. Lexonik was implemented to raise attainment for all students, to improve reading, vocabulary comprehension and ultimately academic success across the curriculum.

Literacy Programme

Lexonik specialists travelled to GEMS Wellington and implemented an intensive training programme for 12 teachers. A further 3 teachers received instruction in Lexonik Leap, our foundation programme suitable for EAL. As part of the Lexonik programme of training we also presented a whole school training session on the online resources available to staff as part of the licence.

We delivered follow up consolidation sessions with staff a few weeks after, to ensure understanding and offer additional support to make the most of the range of literacy and vocabulary online resources.

Due to the initial success of the Lexonik delivery in school, GEMS are now training more staff and increasing the capacity to deliver in school so that more students in KS3 and 4 will benefit.

Successes

Initial feedback was very positive:

Effective, accurate and makes a clear impact which is data driven’ – Aisling O’Conner, SENCo

A lot of information given, efficiently. You feel inspired and empowered at the end’ – Rohita Menon

The Deputy Head also reported that the whole school training had left everyone buzzing and had won them round, and they are all able to see the impact that the programme’s methodology could have in their classrooms.

In February GEMS WIS also got in touch to say:

‘…inspected this week by the KHDA/DSIB and today they were taken to watch a Sound Training session delivered in secondary.  The inspector was blown away to say the least and stated that he would be taking information regarding the programme back to KHDA…

Impact

Timetabling constraints have meant that sessions didn’t get started immediately, but there have been 66 students who have completed the programme to date with a further 43 students pre tested to start the programme. Of those who have completed the programme the average reading age gain is 43 months. Looking forward to year 2, the school have KS3/4 on a 6 week carousel timetable so Lexonik sessions are written in to the curriculum thus ensuring a successful rollout.

Lexonik Cloud, the online platform has been hugely successful across school. One secondary science teacher in particular reported that she was very impressed by the vocabulary section of our online resources. The maths and science departments are using our site to teach and revise subject specific terminology and are great advocates, having witnessed the impact first hand.

We look to build on this success in the International Schools sector with our other COBIS schools- watch this space for details on impact in Oman and Qatar!

Next Steps:

If you would like to find out more please call 01642 424298 and speak to one of our International School advisors, or if easier please email  [email protected]