Why you should choose IAG
The International Academy of Greenwich (IAG) is a growing school. We opened with 95 Year 7 students in September 2016 and will open a Sixth Form when our new building is ready in September 2020. IAG is a candidate school for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education which IAG believes is important for our students.
IAG’s vision is to offer excellent education which will harness and build on the linguistic and cultural diversity in Greenwich and nearby Boroughs. We will offer: a truly broad and balanced curriculum; high academic standards; strong linguistic and communication skills; access to top universities in the UK and abroad; the passport to an international job market; Active Citizenship skills and respect for other cultures; and enhanced self-confidence.
Our vision for an Education for Global Citizenship
To provide all an education for Global Citizenship
We at the International Academy of Greenwich posses a vision, one shared with a growing network of schools, that every learner must experience learning that is extraordinary – learning that:
- equips them with deep knowledge and core skills;
- affirms their efficacy as a learner;
- enables them to thrive in the conditions of this century; and
- gives them the agency to shape their lives and change their world.
We believe that a narrow ‘career’ focused education is no longer valid. A profession focused education with a relentless focus upon the development of transferable and non context bound skills central to the ‘future-ready’ learner and professional is required. We have identified that there are two key components to getting this right: first, what to teach; and, second, how to teach it; essentially the Curriculum. Such a forward-looking Curriculum must include a focus on:
- the linguistic, mathematical and technological literacies all job roles will require in the future;
- ensuring the breadth and depth of subject knowledge and the ability to make inter-disciplinary connections;
- developing global citizenship values, including empathy and character;
- non- cognitive employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, project management and creativity.
To achieve our vision requires much more than a didactic, teacher led and heavily structured approach to teaching and learning. It requires the empowerment of learners by educators, by the Curriculum and through the taught curriculum. It requires an approach which shifts learning onto learners, one which enables the development of independence and mastery through interdependence and collaboration with others. Problem solving and enquiry driven learning with opportunities to engage with the real-world in an authentic education are also key.
We naturally want all students at the International Academy of Greenwich to be valued and to achieve their very best in every aspect of their lives. As such our ambition is for all learners to become Global Citizens, equipped with the skills and outlook they need to live, study and work in the UK or abroad. As such the Curriculum at IAoG is broad and balanced, authentic and appropriately challenging, and exceeds the requirements of both the English National Curriculum (at KS3 & 4) and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in developing a range of cognitive and non-cognitive attitudes, skills and attributes.
Our Curriculum is designed to engineer and facilitate all that is outlined above, what we call an ‘education for global citizenship’.
An Education for Global Citizenship
The International Academy of Greenwich offers a Curriculum which is highly personalised, authentic and actively promotes the importance of language. This is to enable all learners to develop as a Global Citizens and as a lifelong-lifewide learners. Through a model of cross-subject enquiries guided by essential real-world questions, learners will be presented with countless opportunities to engage deeply with the knowledge, attitudes and skills of a wide range of academic disciplines while seeing its direct relevance to the world around them.
- Our choice of enquiries are designed around real-world issues, enabling students to make valuable connections between their studies and the world around them.
- Our unique Professional Pathways curriculum at Key Stage 4 seeks to prepare students for further study, the world of professional work and a lifetime of learning.
- Our approach is designed to enable all students to master individual subjects, to develop the ‘future-proof’ literacies, competencies and attributes of a ‘future-ready’ learner and Global Citizen.
Traditionally schools deliver the same curriculum year after year with no thought about the changing nature of the teacher or the learner. We have a highly structured curriculum skeleton which can be fleshed out in response to the needs of learners and their emerging interests. Our Curriculum is organised under key concepts such as Identity, Connections, and Global Interactions, and through Driving Questions such as To what extent is our shared IAG identity ‘Global’? and Colony Mars: What is required in order to create a sustainable human community on Mars? It is through these unifiers that subject disciplines will be taught both overtly and as integrated interdisciplinary enquiries.
In addition the learner attributes of the Global Citizenship Profile, Approaches to Teaching and Learning and assessment criterion linked to both the IAoG Standard and MYP are mapped out across the Curriculum ensuring clarity and rigour. These concepts, questions, attributes, ATL’s and criterion will change every 1/2 term creating a natural beginning and end to a cycle of learning.
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