Headteacher of Secondary
I am delighted, proud and honoured to be joining GFM as the new Secondary School Headteacher! I have twenty years of experience in schools in England and here in Dubai, with twelve years in school leadership. I live here in Dubai with my wife, Nahida, a doctor and our son, AbdUllah, aged 8 years old.
I was born in 1977 and raised in a small town in Northamptonshire in the south of England, almost equidistant from Oxford and Cambridge. I am the third of four children.
I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BEng (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering in 1999 and had intended to work in the Oil & Gas industry. Indeed, I undertook the BOSIET and HUET training, which included emergency escape from a helicopter underwater! However, I changed careers and trained as a Chartered Accountant in 2000. During this time, I volunteered as a teacher at a weekend school in West London, where I gave my time to support young children in providing supplementary education. This sparked my interest in becoming a teacher.
In 2002, I commenced my PGCE at the University of Cambridge, where I trained as a secondary school teacher of mathematics. After only three years in my career, I received an award for ‘Outstanding Teaching’ as a pioneer for e-learning by the city of Sheffield Local Education Authority. After only five years of teaching, I joined Senior Leadership as an Assistant Headteacher in a secondary school and a year later in 2009, the school in England, was inspected as ‘outstanding’ with my contribution on assessment and staff development noted in the inspection report.
In the five years between 2010 and 2015, I spent time working in schools of high challenge in the north of England, where my impact led to rapid school improvement and enhanced school inspection ratings. I also qualified as a Headteacher with the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and was also appointed Principal Designate of a new Primary School project.
In August 2015, I relocated to Dubai, where I had been the Head of Boys’ Secondary School at the School of Research Science and had the great honour to have received HH Sheikh Mohammed Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai for the launch of the Arab Reading Challenge programme.
My own commitment to lifelong learning and leading by example continues to this day. In 2017, I obtained an MA in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Nottingham. In 2019, I was the first qualified school leader in the UAE to obtain the new Executive School Leadership qualification, NPQEL, from the University College London. This month, I have commenced my PhD in Education at the University of Birmingham.
Asides from academia, my interest in professional development has ensured I have always taken on new learning and challenges. As early as 2005, I obtained my first of two FA Football Coaching badges, and more recently I have been certified by the global technology companies as an Apple Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and a Google Certified Trainer. I do have a particular interest and passion for the effective and efficient use of technology in schools to support and enhance learning.
In 2017, I became Principal of an international private school in Dubai, where I successfully oversaw two school inspections and modernised the teaching and learning practice but maintained some of the best Secondary School exam results in the whole of Dubai. My use of whole school technology for learning was recognised as outstanding innovation, for which I was invited by Google and Acer to attend a summit in Brussels in 2018, as part of Europe Schools Net. I was the only school leader in Dubai to receive this Innovative School Award.
In 2019, I was the Founding Principal of second international Dubai based private school, where I successfully led and opened a new school and ensured it joined the BSME (British Schools in the Middle East) network. Also, despite the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the Secondary School had excellent inaugural outcomes.
Asides from working in schools, I have been very fortunate to have had publications. I wrote the chapter for the UAE in the book titled ‘Education in the Arab World’, published by Bloomsbury in 2017. I have also had several articles published in TES, sharing my thought leadership. More information can be found here:
https://www.tes.com/author/kausor-amin-ali. This summer, I had my first book published on Amazon, titled ‘A-Z of School Leadership: A guide for new school leaders’.
My own commitment to teaching and helping children have better outcomes has remained with me beyond my vast experience in schools. In April, I set up ‘All Children Read’, a global not-for-profit service delivery partnership, dedicated to eradicating childhood illiteracy. More details can be found on: https://allchildrenread.org. I also volunteer as a school governor in England where I am a Chair of Governors of a small infant school.
Above all, I have tremendous credibility amongst school leaders, especially here in Dubai. I hope this brings your confidence in my commencement here at GFM. Lastly, I would like to thank you for reading my detailed biography. I am really looking forward to help fulfil the ambitions of the staff, the aspirations of the parents and most importantly the hopes and dreams of all the students.
Kausor Amin-Ali BEng (Hons.) MA PGCE (Cantab) NPQH NPQEL FRSA