Positive Education Ethos

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Positive Education Ethos

Sunmarke – a Character-building School

The ethos of Positive Education (PosEd) lies at the bedrock of every initiative and programme at Sunmarke. This is a key feature that makes Sunmarke one of the most outstanding British curriculum schools in Dubai offering holistic education.

PosEd places character, values and wellbeing as central to achieving high academics and personal goals. Sunmarke is a recognised global leader in PosEd amongst schools by the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), USA.

PosEd combines the science behind Positive Psychology and the best teaching practices to ensure that individuals, schools, and communities flourish and thrive in a complex world. It enables a child to learn more effectively, and be more resilient, creative, successful and healthy.

Sunmarke’s Global PosEd Partnerships

Along with being part of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), USA, Sunmarke also has a close partnership with global leader Geelong Grammar School, Australia.

Evidence based success

The integration of PosEd in our curriculum is based on several studies which prove that enhanced academic engagement, social skills, optimism and fewer mental health related issues are directly proportional to a child’s wellbeing. 

PosEd & Wellbeing – Sunmarke’s DNA

Positive Education is not an additional subject but the very culture of our school. Sunmarke’s teachers are trained in Positive Education and every element it entails before they enter a classroom.

The Flourish Model

Sunmarke teachers practise 6 key skills and
teach children to incorporate these skills into their own lives
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Sunmarke's Wellbeing & Counselling Team

Our PosEd and Wellbeing approach makes our school community a safe, welcoming, nurturing environment for students. These initiatives are embedded into the daily routines, curriculum, and extracurricular activities, creating the necessary support each child needs for growth.

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Class and Form Tutors, Heads of Year, and Subject teachers make a conscious effort to help students either through direct intervention and teaching or through mentoring, conducting workshops and assemblies. 

Our Counselling Department stands firmly behind students providing them with professional support as well as healing through compassionate non-judgmental listening.  Students and parents also have access to school counsellors for any emotional problems they face at school and beyond. 

Additional support is provided by our Wellbeing Champion who represents the school leadership on our Parent Association and “Friends of Sunmarke School” (FOSS) groups.

Special mention must also go to our unique initiative, the ‘Wellness Wednesday’ event. A workshop held every month for parents and the larger community, ‘Wellness Wednesday’ gives deeper insight into parenting and issues affecting children, be it digital literacy, health or nutrition, to name just a few topics. 

Sunmarke's Safeguarding & Child Protection Team

Sunmarke has a designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Team with Child Protection Officers at every Key Stage in primary and secondary school.

Click here for more information on our Safeguarding & Child Protection Team 

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 2023-24

We are also a certified school with the National Online Safety programme benchmarked to the best school safety standards in the UK.

Please find more information about NOS here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/

Global Language Academy

Global Language Academy

Students are given the opportunity to develop their 3rd language skills in Mandarin, French and Hindi becoming better rounded global citizens.

Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

Enrichment & Extracurricular Activities

We offer 90+ extracurricular activities in high-performance sports, the performing arts, ballet, music, journalism, debate, public speaking, community service, and more, enabling students to pursue and expand their interests and develop their character.

Careers Development Programme

Careers Development Programme

Students are coached to meet the future challenges of university and the workplace through a range of career development programmes such as guidance to top global universities; successful university applications; student internships at leading corporates; mentorships with business leaders; resume building; and mock interviews.

Virtual Reality Education

Virtual Reality Education

Our Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) programme takes students on a transformative and immersive journey enabling them to experience scientific, artistic, historical and cultural concepts like never before.

Term and/or Summer Abroad

Term and/or Summer Abroad

Secondary students are given an opportunity to attend a partner boarding school abroad to expand their historical, linguistic and cultural knowledge while developing independence and character.

AI Learning Platform

AI Learning Platform

Sunmarke’s next-generation AI learning platform supports learning through self-paced problem-solving for those keen to accelerate or catch up on their learning.

Environment & Sustainability

Environment & Sustainability

Students learn to become environmentally conscious and eco-champions coming to deeply appreciate Mother Nature through our Forest School programme, learning in Sunmarke’s beautiful Forest, Vegetable Garden, and Hydroponic farming programme.

Performing Arts, Media & Communication

Performing Arts, Media & Communication

Artistically inclined students can pursue a deeply arts-infused programme in music, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and media and communications to pursue their passion and creative interests.

The Sunmarke MBA

The Sunmarke MBA

Students develop strong leadership and entrepreneurship skills in this programme which has been developed in conjunction with the Peter Jones Academy for Entrepreneurship and the University of Birmingham MBA school.

Positive Education Ethos

Positive Education Ethos

Sunmarke is a recognised global leader in Positive Education where the development of character, values and well-being is central to a child’s development and anchors our school ethos.

IB, A-Level, GCSE & BTEC Pathways

IB, A-Level, GCSE & BTEC Pathways

We offer multiple pathways in the IB, A-Levels and BTECs enabling all children to meet their career aspirations.

STEAM & Design Thinking

STEAM & Design Thinking

This programme builds critical thinking and creativity with students working on solving real-world problems in interdisciplinary projects that follow the Stanford Design Thinking process.