Our vision for 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 IAG 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.
Our Curriculum: Parent Presentation -Education for Global Citizenship
We have designed our Curriculum to ensure that students achieve high standards in core subject areas to facilitate success at key transition points (for example at age 13, 16 and 19). Our ‘IAG Standards’ are woven throughout the curriculum and alongside our 6 curriculum design principles (Core – Metacognition, Feedforward, Collaboration, Enquiry, Authenticity, Self-direction) our curriculum will provide students with opportunities to make progress within the crucial knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes associated with a range of subject disciplines. In addition to the development of academic competencies our Curriculum will also enable learners to develop the attributes of a lifelong-lifewide and ‘future-ready’ learner. Such features, reflecting the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, we call the Global Citizenship Profile.
Our Curriculum is guided by recognised best practice within the domains of teaching, learning and education, by the ongoing work of both the World Economic Forum and the OECD, and most significantly by the rigorous framework of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). We are adopting the MYP as a facilitating Curriculum framework as it:
- encourages international-mindedness, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture;
- promotes a positive attitude to learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness, and participate actively in their communities at an ever increasing scale;
- reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects themselves, and between the subjects and real issues;
- supports the development of communication skills to encourage enquiry, understanding and language acquisition, and to allow student reflection and expression to shape an individual’s journey across their education;
- emphasises, through the learner profile, the development of the Global Citizen – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically; and
- is exciting, innovative, meeting students’ personalised needs, satisfying all National and many International Curriculum requirements and providing a supportive framework for all national qualifications and accreditation, including GCSE.
The IB MYP flows naturally into the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and IB Career-related Programme (CP), rigorous qualifications which we intend to offer within our Sixth Form (academic Year 12 & 13). All IB programmes are recognised by universities and employers worldwide as a more rigorous alternative to A levels and BTECs (Level 3) hence our desire to offer these as part of our commitment to An Education for Global Citizenship.