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International Middle Years

Curriculum

Introducing the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC)

The International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) was introduced in 2011 in response to demand from IPC schools asking for a curriculum to meet the needs of learners beyond the primary years. The IMYC was developed using neuroscientific research on the teenage brain and how it learns and has been designed to meet these needs. The IMYC is now used in over 100 schools in more than 50 countries.

11 - 14
years old
1000
teachers
140+
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

IMYC learners become Globally Competent learners, developing their understanding of the world

The IMYC's Assessment for Learning (AfL) Programme tracks students’ skills learning through beginning, developing and mastering in every age group

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The Adolescent Brain

The IMYC recognises that teenagers have particular needs and is designed to support and improve their learning through this critical time. Six needs of the adolescent brain have been identified as important and influence the design of the IMYC. The key needs are:

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Middle Years

The IMYC provides students with subject goals, personal learning goals, and uniquely, international learning goals, and these are defined for each age phase:

Ages 11-12
Middle Year 1
Ages 12-13
Middle Year 2
Ages 13-14
Middle Year 3

Units of Learning

The IMYC consists of 33 units, with subject tasks that connect to an overarching Big Idea. The Big Idea challenges students to think beyond a topic by elevating the theme to a broader concept, enabling them to make connections with other subjects.

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Globally Competent Learners

For students to become globally competent citizens, it is vital for them to develop not only a strong interest in their own and other cultures and a deep understanding of multiple perspectives, but also desire to help shape the local and global communities through actions that impact positively on society. What we hope global competence adds to the curriculum is the sense that children are capable of influencing change.

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Assessment for Improving Learning

For students to become globally competent citizens, it is vital for them to develop not only a strong interest in their own and other cultures and a deep understanding of multiple perspectives, but also desire to help shape the local and global communities through actions that impact positively on society. What we hope global competence adds to the curriculum is the sense that children are capable of influencing change.

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Stand out with Accreditation

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Accreditation of the IPC is delivered by the International Curriculum Association (ICA), a body established by Fieldwork Education to drive forward our commitment to quality and improving learning.

The ICA champions quality of learning in schools implementing an international curriculum, supporting and guiding you to unlock the potential in your school.

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