Abu Dhabi Education Council never hesitates to make necessary reformations to promote world-class quality in education. Irtiqa is the latest initiative of ADEC.

This time ADEC aims at ensuring highest international performance standards with Irtiqa. All students all schools deserve the best when it’s about education. The “Irtiqa’a” program is introduced across schools of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for the same.

What is Irtiqa?

“Guaranteed Quality in Education”

ADEC intends to provide world-class comprehensive educational assessment framework to schools through Irtiqa. It will support schools to achieve the goal by creating a competitive environment, increasing awareness among educators about the importance of quality performance, providing inspection tools and established standards. The programme examines school performance to identify their quality level.

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About Irtiqua

“Mission is Perfection in Education”

Comprehensive evaluation of schools helps to identify the shortcomings of the institution. The vision of the new programme is to pave way for improvement till perfection is achieved in education.

Irtiqua is a smart step of ADEC. Promoting quality and excellence in education by introducing strategic goals is what Irtiqua does. Continues improvement with the co-operation and partnership of teaching staff and management can bring positive change in any school.

Objectives of Irtiqua

  • Analyse the performance level of the schools within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Provide recommendations for improvement
  • Policy-making
  • Encouraging and sharing the best practices in education

How does Irtiqa work?

“Change is vital, improvement the logical form of change.”

James Cash Penney

Team of international experts inspects majority of schools once every two years. They evaluate eight areas or ‘Performance Standards’ during inspection:

  • Standard of the school and its progress
  • Personal development of the school
  • Teaching quality
  • Meeting students through appropriate curriculum
  • Providing support, care, guidance and protection for the students
  • School Premises and building quality
  • Leadership and management in the schools

The target is crystal clear, overall school improvement. The inspection team generates two reports on the light of inspection.

All about the reports

Two reports are generated by the inspectors:

  1. A Summary Report: It is a concise document describing the most significant strengths and weaknesses of the school. Summary report also includes what the school needs to do for further improvement.
  2. A Technical Report: The detailed assessment and grades for each Performance Standard is furnished on the technical report.

The ultimate focus is on education standard, from better to best then to outstanding. The invaluable guidance is a treasure for schools.

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How does inspection influence school standards?

For educators: Inspection is a motivation for principals and teaching staffs of any school to raise their standards and deliver progress towards excellence. It helps them to undertake a professional approach to the whole concept of education. The inspection makes it clear that the teaching methods used are in line with the best practices.

 For Students: Students well-being is the ultimate cornerstone of inspections. The change will eventually boost up their confidence.  Giving a scope for their talents to flourish is really important.

For parents: Parents can remain calm about the quality of education their children receives.  Inspection guarantees that the time children spend on school is happy, productive and safe.

*Inspections for efficiency


Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) aims at providing quality education to students, thus contributing to the development of UAE. To fulfil the demands of a highly efficient education system, ADEC is looking forward to hire qualified, talented and multi-skilled employees. ADEC has joined hands with various recruiting agencies to recruit skilled teachers as part of the ADEC Licenced Teacher Program, who are passionate about bringing a difference in education.

The ADEC Licenced Teacher Program provides excellent self development opportunities to teachers. Continuous training will be provided to the teachers as part of workforce development activities by ADEC. Also, the hired employees will receive salary free of any taxes, with additional benefits and pension schemes for UAE Nationals.

The ADEC New School Model

It was proposed as part of the ADEC Licenced Teacher Program. There are 296 schools where ADEC plans to implement the ADEC Licenced Teacher Program.

According to the ADEC New School Model, the hired teachers will be placed in one of the three areas, which include Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain or Al Gharbia (the Western Region). Majority of the students will be local Emirati children whom the teachers will teach along with other Western teachers, Emirati teachers and Arab expatriate teachers.

The schools are divided into:

Kindergarten level (Early Years)

Cycle 1 (primary)

Cycle 2 (Middle School)

Cycle 3 (Secondary/High School)

Some campuses have Kindergarten and Cycle 1 schools together while other schools have their own campuses, depending on the size and location of the schools.

Generally, a class will have 15 to 30 students.

Teaching levels

Subjects taught by teachers hired using ADEC Licenced Teacher Program and the responsibility of a classroom differs at each level of school.

Kindergarten level– Teachers hired using ADEC Licenced Teacher Program will teach English, Maths and Science along with other essential subjects. They will be co-teaching with a local Arabic teacher.

Cycle 1– Teachers hired using ADEC Licenced Teacher Program will teach English, Maths and Science. They will be in charge of their own classroom.

Cycle 2- Teachers hired using ADEC Licenced Teacher Program will be teaching English, Maths or Science and they will be in charge of their own classroom.

Cycle 3– Teachers hired using ADEC Licenced Teacher Program will teach only English. They will be in charge of their own classroom.

Pay scale and other benefits

The salary scale of teachers, fixed by ADEC, depends on the qualifications of the teachers and their teaching experience. The salary amount ranges from 12,300AED – 20,400AED per month.

The teachers will also be provided with the following benefits:

  • Air fare– ADEC covers yearly air fare for teachers, their spouses and up to 3 dependents
  • Health Insurance-for teacher, spouse and up to 3 dependents
  • Accommodation-ADEC provides accommodation to the teachers and it will vary depending on family status, with an additional 20,000AED for furniture. Extra allowance will be provided if it is unfurnished.

The teachers will have to work from Sunday to Thursday, with 35-40 working hours per week. The summer break will be from mid-July to late August. There will also be a break in December, April and for national holidays. The duration of contract will be two years.


The candidates applying for a job under ADEC Licenced Teacher Program will have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Fluency in English
  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree/PGCE or the equivalent
  • Teaching Qualifications (should be licenced/certified to teach in home state/country)
  • At least 2 years of teaching experience