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Child & Special Needs

The Education & Training Quality Authority (BQA), through the Directorate of Government Schools Reviews (DGS) and the Directorate of Private Schools and Kindergartens Reviews (DPS), evaluate the quality of provision of schools to ensure that children and students (under the age of 18) receive quality education. In addition, the school environment is assessed to ensure they are risk-free and safety of students and staff members. 

Ensure the security and safety of students according to Child Protection Protocols in Schools’

The Authority seeks to strengthen the Child Protection Protocols guidelines as a cornerstone of the ‘Schools Reviews Handbook in the Kingdom of Bahrain’, along with the importance of the commitment of the school's members inside and outside the classrooms to the Protocols guidelines to ensure that the child has a safe and secure learning environment that respects the child’s internationally prescribed rights.

Learning Outcomes 

Through its reviews, the BQA is keen to enhance the learning outcomes process; namely the students’ academic achievement and personal development, since it started to review the school’s performance in 2008.

Students’ personal development and social responsibility is a key learning outcome in the educational process, which cannot be achieved without the integration of women in this process. This is due to their active role in raising the generations and their ability to enhance students' self-confidence, develop their commitment to their responsibilities, guide their behavior according to national values and Islamic principles, and motivate them towards competition and innovation throughout their educational journey.

Promotion of Citizenship Values 

Enhancing the values of citizenship is one of the most important criteria that the Authority seeks to realise in the ‘Schools Reviews Handbook’ to develop students' awareness of their rights and duties as individuals in the local and international communities, and their pride in the Kingdom's leaders, heritage, culture and language; in addition to encouraging the school's students to deal with their peers regardless of their diverse cultures and achieving peaceful coexistence.

The BQA also assesses the area of meeting the special needs in the quality of main processes aspect of the Schools Reviews Framework, which focuses on the provision of quality academic and personal support programmes and procedures and ensures that schools adopt various arrangements and measures to provide a safe learning environment to students.

For more details, please see the ‘Schools Reviews Handbook’:


​Special Arrangements:

With regard to national examinations, special arrangements are made to allow students with substantial and long-term disabilities to reduce the impact of such disabilities or difficulty and gain access to the examinations. Special Arrangements include an extra time allowance, the provision of specially adapted papers, assistance with reading or writing, etc. The below figure shows the latest statistics in this regard.

For more details, please refer to the National Examinations Administration Handbook (Section 4):