Our Vision, Philosophy and Mission
IAG shaping our world through active global citizenship through:
- authentic Curriculum and assessment;
- challenging and inquiry-driven learning;
- academic rigour and excellence;
- applied global competency; and
- undertaking service to our community.
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We believe that a narrow ‘career’ focused education is no longer valid.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.
International Academy of Greenwich is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that International Academy of Greenwich believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org