Matthew Cotgrove

Senior Deputy Headteacher

Cognitas Global Ltd

Matthew Cotgrove, Senior Deputy Headteacher Dubai English Speaking College since January 2011 Matt's main area of responsibility is the day-to-day operational aspects of the College. Leading and managing teams of Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers, Matt has developed a deep understanding of the workings of the College and constantly uses creative and innovative solutions to bring about improvements. He has played a key role in securing the highest inspection ratings and numerous awards throughout his tenure at DESC, helping to cement the College's position as a leading school in the region.


Growth Mindset

16 November 2022 | 15:30 - 15:50 | English | Developing effective crisis management capability in schools and colleges - a case study

An increase in emerging threats such as pandemic, terrorism, cyber-attacks has placed even greater importance on educational establishments ensuring that the necessary frameworks and risk protocols are in place to ensure the protection and maintain the welfare of the learners and workforce. The Dubai English Speaking School and College (DESSC) decided in June 2022 to review their current protocols and where necessary enhance them to align to the current threat landscape. Working with Cognitas Global as part of a social responsibility project, they jointly commenced the review of the existing Risk Register and Crisis Management Plan (CMP) to develop an enhanced capability, by ensuring that a prevention, preparation, response and recovery model (PPPR) was embedded in their plan and that a program of exercising, testing and validation could be efficiently executed by leveraging the use of suitable technology including a mobile phone APP and an experiential learning platform.