Judges will select two entries each from the age group of 4 - 6 years and 7 - 10 years respectively. Both English and Arabic entries will be judged with the same criteria. All entries will be judged only on creativity.

Jodh Dhesi

Head of School Performance & Standards

Jodh Dhesi is an outstanding educational leader with a track record of providing high educational standards in the UK. He joined GEMS Education in January 2019. In his position as Head of School Performance and Standards, Mr Dhesi provides school improvement strategy across GEMS Education’s vast network of 50 schools in the United Arab Emirates. He also leads a cluster of schools delivering the National Curriculum for England. 

Previously, he was an educationalist and school leader in the United Kingdom, working as a National Leader of Education, leading an IB World School to an “outstanding” rating and sitting on the Executive Board of a high-performing Multi-Academy Trust. During this period, he was Chairman of the Cambridge City Heads Group of eight secondary schools and the Cambridge Academic Partnership cluster of 11 primary schools.

In significant senior leadership positions, Mr Dhesi has led a range of innovative education projects, successfully launched a brand new sixth form and initiated partnerships with UK commercial and charitable organisations to deliver specialist teaching including the development of a cloud-based network for sharing resources and department administration.

He was also on the Steering Committee of Cambridge Teaching Schools Network, a collaborative group of three Teaching School Alliances delivering school-to-school support, initial teacher training, leadership development and research and development across South Cambridgeshire and North Essex in the UK. 

He has close links with the University of Cambridge, having pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate study there, and contributed to the management of initial teacher training at the University’s Faculty of Education.

Mr Dhesi has a first-class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College), a secondary PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages from the University of Cambridge, and the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers from University College London Institute of Education.