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Sunmarke – Leader in Positive Education

What is Positive Education?

Positive Education (PosEd) brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best teaching practices to enable individuals, schools and communities to flourish. PosEd drives a child to learn more effectively, and be more resilient, creative, productive, successful and healthy.

Research has proven that positive emotions, engagement, purpose, relationships, accomplishments and health are the core building materials for human wellbeing.

Sunmarke School is part of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) that is promoting a paradigm shift in global education by connecting schools, governments and policy makers to the best educational resources to raise the awareness of interconnected nature between a child’s ‘wellbeing’ and ‘achievement’.

Multiple studies on the effects of PosEd testify that improved levels of a child’s wellbeing are associated with higher levels of academic engagement, stronger social skills, higher levels of optimism, improved behaviour, and fewer mental health related issues.

Positive Education is not an additional subject but the culture of the whole school at Sunmarke. At Sunmarke, our teachers, all trained in PosEd, learn, live, teach and embed Positive Education. 

PosEd pervades our curriculum, teaching practices and routines, extracurricular activities, pastoral care, school and behaviour policies (which are based on empathy and forgiveness), activities and assemblies, and organisational structures including the recruitment, development and appraisal of staff.
As a result, children build deep character strengths, resilience, leadership skills, and values as well as overall wellbeing.

Ultimately, through our PosEd philosophy, children develop a love for learning and acquire skills for self-growth. 

What Pioneers in Positive Education say about us:

Professor James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues at The University of Birmingham, UK, described Sunmarke as an "Outstanding School of Character."

Watch the video below for the full interview:

Emily Larson, Director of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) spoke about her recent visit to Sunmarke School.

Watch her video to learn how our School is spearheading Positive Education in the region:

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