Our Vision, Philosophy and Mission
A ‘manifesto’ for change
As educators and parents (some of bilingual children) we have sought to design a school which responds to a number of local and global needs:
1. London’s economy requires more workers who are proficient in modern foreign languages. We believe that linguistic ability will increasingly be an asset to students in the 21st century, enabling mobility and offering greater employment opportunities. The Government recognises this.
2. An international education promoting language learning and understanding of different cultures would benefit children of all backgrounds and abilities in one of the great multicultural, multilingual cities of the world. We will apply to the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to become a candidate school, aiming to complete its demanding accreditation process in three years.
3. There are many bilingual children in the region of Greenwich and south-east London whose linguistic abilities are not being used or developed adequately at school. Offering them opportunities to develop their skills in both English and their home language should be seen as an entitlement. An international school with a strong focus on languages will also be able to teach languages to a high standard to monolingual English-speaking students, offering them the opportunity to achieve their full linguistic potential.
4. More secondary-age children who live in Greenwich should be educated in Greenwich, where possible. At present, according to Department for Education figures, 31.4% go to school outside the borough. We would like to contribute to reducing this percentage.
5. Greenwich needs more school places to cater for a growing population. According to Greenwich Council’s Greenwich Children and Young People’s Plan 2008-2011, year 7 capacity will need to increase from 86 forms to 97 forms of entry by 2017. Establishing our school will therefore not threaten existing schools in any way.
6. Every child should have the chance to succeed to their full potential whatever their starting point. Offering that chance is our commitment. The small size of our school will create a great environment in which to support, monitor and motivate students so that they achieve the best outcomes possible.
7. Top universities in the UK and abroad want students who have the ability to think and question, and not just pass exams. The International Baccalaureate, with its focus on critical thinking, problem solving and the interrelatedness of different subjects, issues and cultures, produces that.
To provide 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.
Our Philosophical Belief
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 the above 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.
IAG will enable students to feel at ease in difference cultures, and equip them to live and work in the UK or abroad. It will impart the skills, outlook and confidence they need to succeed as citizens in a globalised world, while stressing the value of serving the local community. IAG will promote the value of cultural understanding and create students who enjoy thinking for themselves. They will excel academically and at whatever they choose to do afterwards. We want them to discover a passion for learning and for languages, and be part of a school community which will accompany them on this journey.
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 IAG 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.
No one can deny that our world has changed significantly. Curriculum models, schools and approaches to education must be designed to facilitate the development of these skills, attributes and capacities all of which are vital in this the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Our approach will enable all students to master not only individual subjects but also the literacies, competencies and qualities of the lifelong-lifewide and ‘future-ready learner’.
As such it is our mission, through our approach to education, that each and every learner is able to become an empowered and positively active Global Citizen.
To enable all IAG learners to become empowered and positively active Global Citizens.
To achieve our mission and in-line with our philosophical belief we will establish and enculture an environment for learning which is close, caring, collaborative and a true community. We will welcome parents, set high expectations and support all students on their journey to adulthood. We value cultural understanding through tolerance, empathy, community and communication and it will be through such interactions that IAG learners will thrive and become Global Citizens.