The Achievement Centre – Inclusion Department

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The Achievement Centre – Inclusion Department

Making Learning Accessible To All

Inclusivity is enshrined in Sunmarke’s ethos where we welcome a diverse range of learners from EYFS to Secondary. The Achievement Centre takes the lead in providing an inclusive education to students in close collaboration with parents, teachers and external specialists.

Jayne West
Head Of Inclusion

Laila is a junior global ambassador representing sports for Children of Determination worldwide. She is a valued student within the Secondary Life Skills Class and is known nationally for her Podcasts, Instagram posts and competing in competitions. We are all very honoured to work with her. 

To facilitate the successful participation and progress of all learners, a range of additional provisions, subject to staffing and availability, are offered at no extra cost. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Interventions for literacy
  • Interventions for mathematics
  • Speaking and listening
  • Social skills
  • Motor skills
  • Directed studies
  • Extra-curricular activities specific to students with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities)

Commitment to Inclusion

  • Sunmarke offers a wide range of enrichment opportunties for students of determination through our multiple curriculum pathways, supported by appropriate and personalised provision, resources, and curricular options.
  • Our school is also an accredited centre for the ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) programme of study.
  • It has a highly successful SEND department which has been commended in our most recent DSIB (Dubai School Inspection Bureau) inspection.
  • We have developed a reliable network of external providers, who parents can contract to provide specialist assessment and therapy services at Sunmarke. These include, but are not limited to:
    1.  Comprehensive developmental and diagnostic assessment
    2. Psycho-educational assessment
    3. Behavioural assessment and intervention
    4. Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration assessment and intervention
    5. Speech and Language Therapy assessment and intervention
    6. Personalised support from a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant

Fortes Intensive English Language Programme

The Fortes English Language Programme is an interactive and effective English Language programme enabling children to build strong English language skills to boost their academic performance.

Students actively learn new skills through drama, art, cookery and class lessons with expert English language teachers, earning a Certificate of English Proficiency upon completion. The camps are held at our campus during spring, summer and winter breaks.

The Sports Heroes Academy Programme

The Sports Heroes Academy, a one-of-a-kind sports programme, founded by Ms Murphy, a PE teacher at Sunmarke, welcomes more than 40 young people into the school each week, to train with one of Sunmarke’s 65 volunteer students.

The programme aims to provide our athletes with equal opportunities regardless of their ability in their chosen sport. The objective is enable athletes to eventually have the opportunity to reach Special Olympic standards.

Sunmarke’s student volunteers work closely with the Inclusion Department to learn the necessary skills to coach and assist their “buddies” during training sessions. Drawing upon our school’s core values and Positive Education ethos, this peer-coaching programme helps develop confidence, physical skills and social communication skills among athletes while allowing for meaningful friendships to develop.

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In line with H.H. Sheikh Hamdan’s initiative, which aims to make Dubai a friendly city for people of determination by 2020, this powerful programme continues to receive growing support from people across Dubai including external providers such as C.F Tennis Academy, Streetwise UAE and Apollo Perelini.

More information:
The Sports Heroes Academy programme caters for all levels of ability and is completely free for young people within Dubai to attend. If you would like to register your child for The Sports Heroes Academy or donate your skills as a Sports Coach, please contact 

For more information about inclusion at Sunmarke, please download our Inclusion Policies and Inclusion Procedures below:

Inclusion Policy (2022-23)
Inclusion and SEND Procedures (2022-23)

Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol
Federal Law No. (29) of 2006 Concerning the Rights of People of Determination
Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework 2017
Implementing the Education Policy Framework
Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework 2017 (Arabic)
Implementing the Education Policy Framework (Arabic)
Advocating for inclusive education – A GUIDE FOR PARENTS
Law No. (2) of 2014 Concerning Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Emirate of Dubai

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