Rachel Smith-Green, BA (ed) QTS, PGC
Mrs Smith-Green has been appointed as The Director of Inclusion at the Arbor School with responsibility for establishing outstanding systems for the identification and education of Persons of Determination, gifted and talented students and pupils with English as an additional language.
After volunteering on local youth programs, Mrs Smith-Green studied at Goldsmiths University in London where she gained an honors degree in Education and Art before embarking on her career in teaching. Her first teaching post was in a large, multicultural, East London school where a majority of the students spoke English as an additional language. During this post she developed an interest in special educational needs and went on to teach in an all through special needs setting in Essex, gaining an understanding of autism, down syndrome, ADHD and emotional behavioural difficulties.
Mrs Smith-Green returned to mainstream education in 1999 taking up the senior management position of Head of Inclusion whilst studying leadership skills at the Institute of Education in London. Whilst based in East London she worked closely with ethnic minority leaders, local police and educational advisors to a develop specialised curriculum which targeted vulnerable students from ethnic backgrounds, reducing the number of pupil exclusions across four local authorities.
Over the period of the next six years, Mrs Smith-Green went on to successfully lead several local authority projects before eventually being seconded part time from her assistant head teacher position to advise schools on setting up specialised resource provisions for autism and emotional behavior difficulties. She was charged with developing pathways for identification, train teachers and support with the allocation of students. During this period Mrs Smith-Green gained her post graduate qualifications in Asperger’s and Autism from Sheffied Hallam University.
In 2012 Mrs Smith-Green moved to Dubai to embark on a new journey as the deputy headteacher of a large faith based school, The School of Research Science. Her role included responsibility for developing inclusive practices and responding to the increasing demands of the SEND framework. Through introducing sustainable support systems for pupils an open-door policy was established for Persons of Determination alongside modified curriculums which included ASDAN.
Mrs Smith-Green is passionate about continuing professional development and collaboration to ensure students gain the best possible education. In 2014 she co-established the Dubai Inclusion Network (formerly Dubai SEN Network), reaching out to over a thousand professionals across the UAE. Through the network she has organized two MENA SEND conferences working alongside the Al Jalila Foundation, KidsFirst Medical Center and KHDA and she is responsible for developing training opportunities and mentoring programs for SEND professionals across Dubai.
“My aim is to establish the Arbor School as a Centre of Excellence for the education of Persons with Determination through building a fully inclusive setting using a unit without walls model. I am inspired by the commitment of the Senior leadership to achieve this goal and excited about the possibilities.”