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We’ve put together these links and resources to help you find out more about international assessments, reading for fun, and autism. If you know of other links we could include on these topics, please email us at Thanks, and enjoy!

International Assessments

The UAE Vision 2021 sets specific targets for the education sector in the UAE. Click here to find out more.

Here’s an introduction to PISA (Programme of International Student Assessment) from our friends at

For more detailed information on PISA, please visit the website of OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).

Here are more details on Dubai’s performance in PISA 2012.

Here’s an introduction to TIMSS (Trends in Mathematics and Science Study).

And more in-depth information from the organisation that runs TIMSS, the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement).

Want to know more about Dubai’s results in the last round of TIMSS? Click here.

Like infographics? Click here to see how close Dubai is to reaching the 2021 targets.

Reading for fun

Literacy Changes Lives – fascinating report from the (UK) National Literacy Trust on the importance and benefits of reading for pleasure.

Infographic from HarperCollins on Why Reading At A Young Age Matters.

5 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Reading - infographic.

Great tips and links from Guardian Education on How to Teach Reading for Pleasure.


The Dubai Autism Centre works to help children with autism and their carers.

The Brain That Sings – a wonderful short film about two boys with autism, directed by homegrown talent Amal Al Agroobi. Here’s the trailer.

TED talk by Dr Wendy Chung on what we know about autism and what we still have to learn.

Links, resources and information on the informative Australian site Autism Awareness.