Adults@School Wellbeing Survey


As part of our ongoing efforts to further improve wellbeing in our schools, KHDA has collaborated with Dr. Peggy Kern and Michelle McQuaid to launch our first-ever Adults@School Wellbeing Survey. The survey was launched on the 17th of October 2018 and it measured the wellbeing of all adults at Dubai private schools; including teachers, support staff, administrators, principals and security personnel.

More than 13,000 Adults in Dubai private schools completed the survey from 170 schools. To view the results infographic click here.

The Adults@School Wellbeing Survey is based on an adaptation of the PERMAH Workplace Survey inspired by Professor Martin Seligman’s positive psychology wellbeing theory for human flourishing. It combines leading research in the science of wellbeing with its application and provides science backed tools and practices to help adults at schools feel good and function effectively at work.


PERMAH makes up six important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:

The primary purpose of this survey is to help adults at school understand their own wellbeing and take responsibility for it. In addition, survey results provides school leaders with a better understanding of the wellbeing of their staff in order to use as evidence as part of their school improvement plans. Together, a whole-school approach focusing on the wellbeing of students and adults is most likely to generate sustained improvements.

We know school staff already have a lot on their plates so it’s tempting to put this survey off but we promise that the 10 minutes (or less) spent on this by each staff member will help support Dubai’s wellbeing agenda. Please note that all of the responses to the survey are confidential. The even better news is that there is no ‘right wellbeing score’ to try and achieve. There’s just the wellbeing score that works best for the participant.

The survey will be open from 17 October until 18 November 2018 and adults at school can take this survey anywhere using any device i.e. phones, tablets, computers etc. 


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