Going global: developing leadership skills for the world of the future at Dubai British School Emirates Hills

Going global: developing leadership skills for the world of the future at Dubai British School Emirates Hills image

“Being able to be a part of this experience makes it rewarding and exciting to lead and encourages me to continue developing my creativity, adaptability and confidence.”

Muna, a Sports Leader at Dubai British School Emirates Hill.

Dubai British School Emirates Hills deliver Sports Leadership qualifications as part of their PE curriculum, adding an extra dimension by building learners’ confidence in their skills as well as their commitment and maturity.

Developing these skills encourages students to think beyond their academic subjects and take a more global view, preparing them to become leaders of the future. They leave the school with the skills they need to succeed, wherever they find themselves in the world.

Emma Pennock is an Assistant Headteacher at the school, with responsibility for their Sixth Form provision. She explains how their delivery of Sports Leadership impacts their learners: “We believe that programmes from the Leadership Skills Foundation provide a real opportunity for students to develop their leadership potential.

“We see that our Sports Leaders are really engaged with the curriculum and passionate about doing a good job for themselves and the school. One of their favourite years to engage with is our Foundation Stage 1 (ages 3-4 years). You can really see the progress the Sports Leaders make as they learn to communicate and respond to their classes effectively.

“They build skills which will underpin any working environment, such as communication and teamwork, while also gaining an understanding of health and safety, as well as safeguarding themselves and any learners in their care.

“The programme is delivered as part of our PE lessons and Level 3 learners adopt a more independent approach by completing their leadership hours during free lessons. They liaise with members of the Primary PE team as to which block of lessons or extracurricular clubs they can lead on and they seek feedback from these teachers against the block of their lesson plans.

“We see how the programme develops a sense of pride in learners as individuals, especially once they complete the reflection activities and they see how they have grown as a person.”

A sports leader at Dubai British School Emirates Hills leading younger learners.

Muna, one of the school’s Sports Leaders, reflected on their time completing the course: “I took part in Sports Leadership level two from late September to early June.

“In that period of time I not only learned how to become a good leader, but I also established incredible new relationships with younger students and felt very connected with my PE teachers and classmates.

“My favourite part of the course was being able to interact with the primary students during their PE lessons. My very first lesson as a Sports Leader was with the year 6 students and I enjoyed myself immensely because I learned how to deal with small issues that arose in class before then, so the event ran quite smoothly.

“I think that, because of our close community, we were able to forge new connections with the primary students. In doing so we brought the school closer together, because when the Sports Leaders encouraged the primary students and made their experiences memorable, a sense of trust was created.

“Being able to be a part of this experience makes it rewarding and exciting to lead and has encouraged me to continue developing my creativity, adaptability and confidence.”

“We see how the programme develops a sense of pride in learners as individuals, especially once they complete the reflection activities and they see how they have grown as a person.”

Emma Pennock, Assistant Head Teacher at Dubai British School Emirates Hill

The school itself has been delivering qualifications from the Leadership Skills Foundation for over 10 years, with Emma having first-hand experience of their benefits: “I actually completed the Junior Sports Leader Award and Community Sports Leader Award as a child and I enjoyed the personal challenges the awards gave me.

“They gave me more confidence speaking in public and developed my behaviour management skills with younger kids. That increased confidence led me to coaching kids’ volleyball whilst at sixth form and leading on kids’ sports-based holiday camps, eventually leading to me qualifying as a teacher.”

“One of our school aims is to increase student agency across our learners and this provides a perfect platform to refine these skills whilst gaining a recognised qualification. Many of our learners transfer to UK universities, so they really appreciate the additional incentive of UCAS points.”

 

The school was recently awarded Centre of Excellence status by the Leadership Skills Foundation, recognising the quality of their delivery and its impact on their learners, something Emma sees as being a real achievement for everyone involved: “Receiving the Centre of Excellence status has raised the profile of the programme, particularly through our social media platforms and in our school’s marketing.

“This has enthused our current learners and helped us to motivate even more young leaders of the future.

“We’ve had wonderful support from our relationship manager, Tom Darby, with all our queries answered quickly. The online accreditation meetings at the start and end of the courses were particularly well managed, enabling any questions to be clarified.

“I would recommend other schools to deliver Leadership Skills qualifications as they enable everyone to have the ability to achieve. They bring out skills in some learners that you wouldn’t see from mainstream lessons and they build life skills which are so important as kids transition into the world of work or higher education.”

Dubai British School currently delivers Level 2 and Level 3 Sports Leadership to 36 students. Speak to Tom Darby, our development lead for international schools, to discuss adding leadership skills programmes to your curriculum today.