Head of Inclusion/ Most Able and Talented Programme
Mark Ellis is the Head of Inclusion at GEMS First Point School. He has been a teacher for 25 years having graduated from St. Martin’s College in Lancaster, United Kingdom. His entire teaching career has been dedicated to supporting those students with additional needs including specific learning disabilities and those who are exceptionally able. Mark is a qualified SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and is also qualified to carry out a range of formal assessments in order to ensure students can access additional arrangements in public examinations.
Mark has held a variety of positions in a wide range of schools. He has been whole school coordinator for humanities, maths and English and was Deputy Head Teacher at one of the most challenging Special School in the UK. He spent two years as Head of SEND at an International school in Qatar which had a population of over 6,000 students following three different curriculums! In 2013 Mark was seconded into a local authority position in order to oversee the implementation of the new Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities following the introduction of the Children and Families Act (2014).
Since coming to Dubai in 2015, Mark has been heavily involved in developing SEND provision here at First Point School but has also worked extensively across the GEMS network of schools. He has been part of numerous GEMS reviews teams enabling him to further disseminate outstanding practice and to develop effective and consistently effective processes for identification and provision.