Dee Tola Adeliyi is an inspirational teacher, experienced Inclusion, and school leader who has managed all aspects of Special Educational needs and disability and inclusion. He qualified as a teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Warwick, England in 2006.
During his teaching career in schools across the United Kingdom, he was a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and the Director of the Excellence department at the Hazeley Academy, a high-achieving school in Milton Keynes, a SENCO at Thamesmead School, Shepperton, Surrey, and Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Inclusion and Special Educational Needs at Broomfield School, Enfield, and London. Over the years, with the consistent application of school policies and investment in the lives of student, he has been rewarded with rapidly improving departments and results. More importantly, he has been rewarded with countless successful students and satisfied parents.
Tola has vast experience as a school leader in raising achievement for disadvantaged students and challenging even the high achievers. He is very uncompromising in his passion for excellence, and he realizes that to thrive in this brave new world, students must be socially confident, articulate, and self-aware. They must be aspirational and see themselves as connected global citizens, frequently reinventing themselves.
That is why, he believes in teaching students not just the subject knowledge, but also the necessary life and leadership skills, collaborative and communication skills, and critical thinking skills, necessary to thrive in the real world.
In addition to being a science teacher and inclusion leader, Tola is a leadership and youth impact coach, and a keynote speaker. He has used his skills to help coach and mentor newly qualified teachers and students. It has been said that teachers help students find important things they have lost every day. Sometimes it’s a pen, a book, or a pencil, other times it’s their courage, their confidence, and their smile! He wants to be part of these success stories.
Tola moved to Dubai in August 2019 as a SENCO. As a SENCO and school leader in Dubai, he was in charge of the students in secondary and worked closely with the primary SENCO to support whole school vertical integration, including the development and implementation of policy and practice, systems, and transitions across the whole of the school from FS to year 12.
He worked with all departments to keep all teachers and support staff up to date with current SEND and inclusive teaching and learning trends. He led and co-led successful CPD sessions across the whole school, from FS to year 13.
Tola is solution focused and has been an excellent role model for students. In his spare time, he loves cooking, playing tennis, reading, and writing. He is a published author of 3 inspiring books, the latest being Echoes of My Father (A legacy of Empowerment) which is an empowerment book for all ages including teenagers.