ACADEMICS

Doha Academy offers a curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum of England.

British education has achieved a worldwide reputation for quality and is recognised and respected around the world. One of its major benefits is the transferability allowing students to move seamlessly from country to country or back to the UK.

Key Characteristics

The National Curriculum of England is a very structured curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all students, challenging brighter children and supporting those who need it through differentiated teaching and learning activities. The curriculum extends and excites all students, whatever their interests or ability. Through it, teachers are able to identify, celebrate and nurture the talents and intelligences of students.

British education is renowned for concerning itself with the development of the whole personality. Learning is important, but not enough in itself. Young people need to develop their potential to explore and discover the world around them, to think for themselves and form opinions, to relate to others, to develop their bodies through sport and physical education, and to gain experience in taking responsibility.

In the British education system, students are taught to learn by questioning, problem-solving and creative thinking rather than by the mere retention of facts, hence giving them analytical and creative thinking skills that they will need in the working world. A variety of teaching and assessment methods designed to develop independent thought, as well as a mastery of the subject matter are used. The British education system also provides a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Overall Structure

The National Curriculum of England has a clearly defined series of academic and other objectives at every level. The education system is divided into the Foundation Stage (ages 3 to 5), Primary education (ages 5 to 11) and Secondary education (ages 11 to 18) leading most typically to an A Level qualification.

At the end of each Key Stage 1, 2, and 3, progress is examined via individual teacher assessment against the National Curriculum Attainment Targets for all subjects.

Learning for Tomorrow

We are all aware that we live in a rapidly changing world, where we are preparing our students for life in a society where they may be working in jobs that do not currently exist, employing technologies that have not yet been invented. Through the British curriculum at Doha Academy, we place significant emphasis on the development of personal learning and thinking skills that will result in young people who are flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances without fear of inhibition, enabling and empowering them to meet the demands of 21st century life.

Personal Development

We understand that the children of tomorrow are going to need very different personal qualities and skills than their former generations. For this reason, Doha Academy aims to provide its students with ‘an education for life’, along with developing the ‘whole child’ in conjunction with strong academic knowledge. Below you will find a list of key values and traits which we endeavour to instill in our students:

  • Independent thinking, with a possession of life-long study skills
  • Respectful and caring with responsible attitudes
  • Spiritually well-grounded in the practices and teaching of Islam, engendering Islamic values and principles
  • Positive and reflective in outlook (we have a ‘can do’ attitude with a willingness to learn from our mistakes)
  • Motivated and enquiring learners who look beyond the here and now, and want to learn more with a genuine interest in life-long learning
  • Team players with a willingness to participate and make a collaborative effort to achieve a common goal

International Mindedness and Global Awareness

One of the most essential life skills is developing an understanding of, and a respect for others. We embrace this concept through nurturing and fostering this respect for one another within both our immediate community and the world in which we live. We encourage our children to identify similarities rather than differences among cultures and to celebrate and respect other people’s beliefs, opinions, and customs.

Problem Solving and Thinking Skills

We place significant value on the development of problem solving and thinking skills. We recognise that the process of reaching an outcome is as important as the activity or content of a lesson. Our students learn to investigate and hypothesize rather than just read about scientific facts. They learn how to research, interpret and develop historical enquiry skills rather than merely learning to recite dates. Children at Doha Academy are able to apply their mathematical skills and select strategies rather than learning by rote.

Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)

ICT covers a range of theory and practical topics which teach the children the increasing importance of technology in our lives. Children are taught these skills in a well-resourced laboratory, applying these skills in their everyday learning on computers and interactive whiteboards in each classroom.

Primary Education

The Primary curriculum is based on the National Curriculum of the United Kingdom, which has been designed to support your child in becoming an independent learner within an English-speaking environment.

Doha Academy is also recognised in Qatar as an example of how to successfully integrate academic and religious curricula. Our Arabic and Islamic Studies curriculum enhances the quality of education our students receive.

Secondary Education

The work of the Secondary curriculum develops and builds on previous experience, whilst offering new opportunities.  Each child is placed in a tutor group that reflects a mix of ability so that new friendships can be quickly established.

Unique opportunities for students to develop knowledge of team work, motivation and organisation is integrated into all facets of the curriculum whilst developing the skills necessary to become the successful leaders of tomorrow.

Higher Education

We build partnerships with higher education institutions and other countries to support the exchange and mobility of academics and students.

The range of Foundation Degrees and other Higher Education programmes reflect employer and employee demand for such qualifications.

Doha Academy supports its students to become well-cultured citizens who are fully prepared for modern life.