Training Team

Ezette Grauf

Director of Education


Educational change specialist on a large scale. High level professional development designer and leader. Significant creative and leadership work in the area of curriculum and pedagogical change, business development and the refinement of these understandings by work as an executive, trainer, pedagogical leader, school principal and teacher in the field. Design, establishment and leadership of new nurseries as well as operations and academic oversight. Leadership of educational ideas and initiatives for Government and private companies.

Heather Duncan

Educational Consultant


Education consultant at Bidayaat with over 15 years’ experience in the field of education. Expertise in conceptualizing, designing and leading professional development, with a focus on early years teaching pedagogy and child development. Successful curriculum and operational leader of nurseries. Instrumental in the design and set up of nurseries and Kindergartens across the GCC. Active researcher into international education standards and approaches. Significant experience in coaching and mentoring early years practitioners. Outstanding practitioner in the early years and primary field.

Jennifer Atwa

Educational Consultant


An outstanding Early Years leader and practitioner with 11 years experience in the UK and UAE. Expertise in leading schools through change by establishing strong relationships and professional dialogue supported by targeted next steps. Research, conceptualisation, production and delivery of engaging professional development for early year’s educational practitioners. Participation on steering committees to review and revise curriculum content and resource provision on a National Level. Principal advisor on benchmarking practices and international education standards, specifically in reference to early years and language acquisition.

Sarah Cotching

Educational Consultant


An education change agent within developing countries for the past 8 years. Experiences include being part of Government led reform initiatives within the UAE, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia. Her work includes leadership of early years literacy initiatives within Malaysian pre- schools, development of strategic planning for school leadership, teacher coaching and mentoring, baseline assessment and reporting for new reform projects, resourcing, and curriculum design of teacher training programs. Prior experience also includes teaching within New Zealand schools and volunteer work within nurseries in Africa.

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