Across the GCC region, there has been rapid growth in the education sector, international curricula, educators, and accreditation, alongside ambitious plans to create world class education systems. As a result, the need for strategic support – top-down and bottom-up - is urgent. Knowledge Group’s Education Department focuses on providing strategic support to Ministries, targeted support to schools and universities, and cutting-edge programmes for students and parents.
We support the education sector with a variety of approaches that are customised for specific target audiences. These include:
Ministries, government agencies, and large school consortiums are often in need of someone to see things from the outside in. Our consultation on strategic direction-setting or institutional evaluation and revamp, helps address big picture aspirations and/or large scale solutions. This includes: curriculum revamp, policy redevelopment, accreditation and quality assurance, and training full or targeted staff.
Many institutions in the region have initiated education solutions without adequate checks and balances to ensure intended outcomes are achieved. This is commonly the case in large-scale initiatives but also at an institutional level in universities, schools, and nurseries. Our approach is to implement quality assurance measures and/or programme evaluations using established frameworks - such as EFQM, ISO 9001 and/or inspection and accreditation frameworks to provide a clear assessment of the current state of an initiative and a roadmap forward.
3. Bespoke Solutions:
The education sector has diverse needs that require a significant amount of contextualisation. Whether it be related to curriculum, professional development, strategy, policy, inspection, or accreditation, our approach is to either respond to existing needs or to play a critical role in identifying those needs ourselves through a robust needs assessment process. Our needs assessments include institutional visits, focus groups, observations, and reviews of existing documentation before we are able to provide an assessment and a proposal for a bespoke solution that addresses contextual needs.
4. Professional Development:
At all levels, training solutions are required. Our approach is to provide robust transformative solutions to everyone from high level executives in ministries to frontline educators in schools. What this means is that our approach to training considers the institutional and individual contexts and needs, crafts a solution based on those needs with agreed upon outcomes, limits the amount of training in order to emphasise the effort on coaching and mentoring, and then ensures that evidence of impact is tracked over time.
5.Scalable Solutions :
We recognise that the needs in the region are immense and at the same time urgent. Our approach is to harness momentum of technology-based solutions to offer scalable solutions for teacher training, individual coaching, and school turnaround as examples.
Our Values :
Support education sector top-down and bottom-upProvide robust solutions that are transformation driven.Measure evidence of impact of all solutions.