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Engaging with OLEVI sees Qatar International School become leaders in teaching and learning

Teachers at the Qatar International School celebrate completing the Outstanding Teacher Programme

Anna Cavanagh, Head of Learning, Qatar International School, shares how becoming engaged with the OLEVI programmes has moved her school, teachers and students forward; and become leaders of teaching and learning in the Qatar region

Why were we drawn to OLEVI?

We first started working with OLEVI four years ago. Our Principal initially established the relationship with OLEVI having previously seen the impact of the OLEVI ethos and programmes, on teaching and learning, at other schools in the UK, particularly at The Earls High.

As a school we wanted to:

Ultimately, we wanted to raise standards of teaching and learning to achieve overall better outcomes, and learning experiences, for our students.

How did the OLEVI programmes help to achieve your goal?

“OLEVI pushed boundaries in terms of how we were challenged to think about our own methods and practices, which was very engaging, and allowed us to truly reflect on the effectiveness of our teaching. Working with other teachers within Trios was a fantastic way to experiment with new ideas discussed on the programme. It also provided us with the time to observe and develop ways to embed DR ICE which, as a teacher, is an invaluable opportunity.”

Rachel Arnold,
Deputy Head of English, OTP delegate.

And the proven impact?

Raised Standards

“The school has been accredited: BSME status (British Schools in the Middle East), BSO status (British Schools Overseas, OFSTED Equivalent), QNSA status (Qatar National Schools Accreditation).

Incredible staff retention

“This has improved, from 30% leaving in 2016 down to only 7% last year 2017, which is significant in a transient international market.”


 Improvements in classroom practice

“Teachers who actively engage in the programmes have seen significant improvements in their practice, as seen in our end of year staff survey which stated 90% of delegates agreed the programmes had a “significant impact on their teaching practice.”

In our most recent student survey 98% of students believe they are taught well.”







Teacher Development

“There has been a proven increase in teacher’s career progression since we began working with OLEVI, 40 out of 50 delegates went on to promoted positions in the school within 3 years. This ranges from achieving Qualified Teacher Status, gaining a range of Teacher Leadership Roles positions (including middle and senior leader positions), right through to a promotion to Head Teacher of School.”


“The OTP provided a platform to discuss what outstanding practice looks like, both within and outside the classroom, through reflecting on what we do as practitioners. There was an abundance of opportunities to identify and share elements of DR ICE through lesson observations, planning and reflection in our collaborative 3s (Trios) to employ newly learned strategies. The coaching sessions were, in my opinion, the most challenging. Role-modelled by the programme facilitators throughout the entire programme, it provided us with the skills to implement this in our teaching and leading practises. All of the above was achieved through an array of practice activities, all of which are transferable to a classroom and department setting.”

Gamma Hendricks,
Head of Science, OTP delegate


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