The Career and University Guidance Policy is developed to help schools support students to transition successfully into postsecondary destinations. Consistent and quality policies, practices and programs will help schools prepare Abu Dhabi students for their future.
The purpose of this document is to:
Program Requirements: Schools shall implement a CUI guidance program, based on a policy that includes the following:
Schools shall appoint at least one full-time equivalent (FTE) CU Guidance Counselor, as per the target ADEK set for the student-to- counselor ratios in the Career and University Guidance Policy Implementation Guide.
Schools shall verify that the CU Guidance Counselor meets the following minimum requirements:
Currently employed CU Guidance Counselors who do not meet the minimum requirements shall undergo initial and on- the-job training, as well as additional continuous professional development (CPD, see Section 2.5). They have 0 grace period of 2 years from the date this policy is issued to meet the minimum requirements. However, all new Cu Guidance Counselors employed after the issuance of this policy are subject to meeting the requirements stipulated in Section 2.2 prior to their appointment.
a. The staff member meets the requirements for Cu Guidance Counselor as stipulated in Section 2.2
> The staff member who does not meet the minimum experience requirements is permitted to be appointed in an acting capacity (as 'Acting CU Guidance Counselor"). They would be required to undergo initial ADEK training and abide by CPD requirements (see Section 2.5)
b. The staff member's teaching or administrative workload is decreased in proportion to their FTE status to accommodate the additional responsibilities
c. The staff member's title is amended to reflect the additional role (e.g., Vice Principol/Acting Career Counselor, Student Counselor/Career Advisor, Head of Social Studies/College Counselor, etc.). They must be identified as a "Career and University Guidance Counselor" in addition to their own role in PASS. As nomenclature varies by school and curriculum, the responsibilities should be explicit and clear to students, parents and external stakeholders
In addition to being responsible for the implementation of the school's CU guidance policy and program, the role of the CU Guidance Counselor includes the following responsibilities at a minimum:
Schools shall include the following elements as part of their CU Guidance Counselor's CPD:
Schools shall report the following indicators to ADEK annually:
Failure to comply with this policy shall be subject to legal accountability and the penalties stipulated in accordance with the ADEK's regulations, policies, and requirements, notwithstanding any other penalties imposed by Federal Law NO. (3) of 1987 Concerning the Penal Code or any other relevant law. ADEK reserves the right to intervene if the school is found to be in violation of its obligations.
1. CU Guidance Program Implementation Guide
2. Federal Law NO. (3) of 1987 Concerning the Penal Code and its amendments
3. United Arab Emirates School Inspection Framework 2015-2016
* Clause (5.25) Guidance and Support for All Students
Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Abu Dhabi
This policy replaces Policy 53 (Counselling Services) and policy 26 (Licensing and Qualification) on matters related to Cu guidance in the Private School Policy and Guidance Manual 2014-2015.