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International Middle Years

Curriculum

Introducing the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

The IMYC is our International Middle Years Curriculum for children aged 11 - 14 years old. It is used by over 1000 teachers in 103 schools across 50 countries worldwide including Sweden, Sudan, Latvia, Malta, Laos, Indonesia, and Turkey.

It is a challenging, internationally minded and concept-focused curriculum, which helps develop engaged and active learners. With specific subject and personal learning goals, it provides a clear structure to develop knowledge, skills and understanding whilst making subject learning more connected.

11 - 14
years old
1000
teachers
103
schools
50
countries worldwide

Why Choose the IMYC?

  • The IMYC responds to the specific development needs of 11-14 year olds, providing structures and systems that support the needs of the adolescent brain
  • It draws on current media platforms, involving active skills-based learning, and promoting self-reflection and the opportunity for students to make sense of their learning
  • This relevant and engaging curriculum centres around a challenging Big Idea for life and a blend of individual and shared learning experiences
  • The IMYC allows for single subject teaching and learning whilst facilitating collaboration around a Big Idea, linking all subject learning to a conceptual theme
  • Offering a student-led learning structure, the IMYC helps 11-14 year olds develop a sense of their place in the world and that of others
  • The IMYC prepares students for the next stage of their learning and for future work opportunities
  • Assessment is done through the IMYC Assessment for Learning (AfL) Programme, which tracks students’ skills learning through beginning, developing and mastering for every age group
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Accredited Schools

Schools can work towards becoming IMYC accredited by using the rigorous self-review process that forms part of the IMYC membership. We also offer joint accreditation with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Our schools have found the self-review process has provided a useful framework for making improvements and for implementing the IMYC in general.

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We believe schools would be able to use the [self-review] document for school improvement plans because the document is about best practices, not prescription. The rubrics and suggestions for evidence are as such: guidance for support and suggestions. This broadens the utility of the document beyond accreditation to a framework of best practice in education."

Amanda Hart,
Curriculum Coordinator, International School of Koje, South Korea - IMYC Accredited

The IMYC is a research-led, engaging curriculum helping us to have ultimately happy, motivated, students who engage in deep learning, and develop the skills of reflection and metacognition.”

Tom Bowen,
Assistant Principal, The UCL Academy, London, England

Meet the Head of International Middle Years Curriculum & Membership

Isabel Du Toit is the Head of International Middle Years Curriculum & Membership

Isabel joined Fieldwork Education in 2008 and now heads up the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) with responsibility for developing, improving and updating the IMYC according to the schools’ needs.

She started her career as a Mathematics and Science teacher in secondary schools and went on to become a school leader and advisor. She has worked with many schools, consulting leaders, training teachers, writing articles and speaking at many conferences, including International School Conferences like ECIS, AIE and ELSA.

Isabel is passionate about improving learning and understanding how the brain learns.

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